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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 150

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Sherri Valle "Onica" Cole

Attorney-at-Law
325,664 votes (20.92%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reform Criminal Justice System with Focus on Mental Health
  • Create services on evening and weekends for pro per litigants
  • Improve access to courthouse for disabled litigants

Experience

Experience

Profession:Civil Litigator
Community Life Commission, Holy Family Catholic Church — Appointed position (2019–current)
Donation Committee, Alhambra Unified School District — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Mentor, Membership Chair and part of Executive Board, Mentoring Our Students Through Experience (MOSTE) — Appointed position (2002–2008)

Biography

SHERRI “ONICA” VALLE COLE: Judicial Candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court 2020, Seat No. 150

Proven  Los Angeles Prosecutor – 15+ Years

Yale Educated & Loyola Scholar from Loyola Law School

Experience as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and certified in the areas of Small Class, Traffic, Unlawful Detainers, and Civil Restraining Orders, including Domestic Violence Protective Orders.

From 2002 through 2018, Sherri “Onica” Valle Cole, was a career criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, specializing in Consumer Fraud and Workplace Protection. 

 

As a criminal prosecutor she walked the halls of the county courthouses on a regular basis and has negotiated hundreds of cases with bench officers and defense counsel.  Onica’s trial experience as a criminal prosecutor has included cases that involved domestic violence, animal cruelty, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a concealed weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon, prostitution, narcotic offenses, hit and run offenses and other serious criminal offenses. 

 

From February of 2009 through June of 2017, Onica was assigned to a vertical prosecution unit which focused on Consumer crimes.  As a consumer fraud prosecutor, she protected the public by prosecuting dangerous medical doctors, sale of untested and unapproved food and drugs, auto repair theft, marijuana clinics, incompetent and/or unlicensed immigrant consultants, would-be real estate brokers, loan modification, grand theft and the unlicensed practice of law by those who take advantage of low-income immigrants. 

 

Onica has vigorously prosecuted immigrant consultants including Gloria Saucedo, Eblin Balver and Jesus Lozano and was invited to lecture at the May 2016 conference on the topic of Immigration Fraud for the California Association of District Attorneys.

 

“Language and cultural barriers make immigrants susceptible to scams…. Those who are in the country illegally are especially vulnerable because they may be afraid to report wrongdoing... [making it] in some ways the perfect crime.”  Onica Cole

 

Man posing as attorney lied to immigrants seeking legal help L.A. Times, by Kate Linthicum, June 2, 2015

 

Onica now works as in-house counsel and is a civil litigator, completing three civil trials in 2019.  She practices statewide prosecuting minor compromise pleadings on behalf of indigent litigants.

 

Onica has a unique compassion for understanding the experiences of others.  Born in San Diego, California to an interracial couple, Onica is sensitive to the needs of the diverse population of Los Angeles county.  Onica is one of four children from the marital union of a Mexican mother and African American father.  Onica has spent the majority of her youth living in Tijuana, Mexico, commuting across the border daily to attend school in San Diego, CA.  Onica’s father operated his medical clinic in a low-income area of San Diego and the family commuted across the border to save money.  Each of the children had a job, and Onica was the bookkeeper for Dr. Cole’s Medical Office.  Onica assumed that role when she was just seven years old. 

 

After graduating from Clairemont High School in San Diego, as the Class Valedictorian and “Person Most Likely to Succeed” Onica pursued her education at Yale University in New Haven, CT.  In 1993, she graduated with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.  Onica always had a passion for the law and continued on to Loyola Law School on a full scholarship.  Onica supported herself by working as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She loved teaching students and has a passion for working with children.  Since her graduation from law school and passing the Bar in 1998, Onica has never stopped giving to residents of Los Angeles County.

 

Onica has volunteered with Mentoring Our Student Through Experience (MOSTE), a mentoring organization for young girls in the South Los Angeles Area, both as a mentor and board member.  Onica has also served the Criminal Director of the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association and Treasurer for the Black City Attorneys Association.  Onica has received the Black Women Lawyers Association Community Service Award and sat on their board as the Co-Chair of the Community Action Community, Co-Chair of the Parent Committee and Recording Secretary.  Onica enjoys hiking with the Sierra Club where she is active as a hike leader and served as the Director of Curriculum for the Sunday School program at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena.  Onica most recently joined the Parish Life Committee for the Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena.

 

 

Onica is married to Brent Honore’, a thirty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and together they have two young children Merit (9) and Leonicio (6).  In December of 2016 Leonicio was diagnosed with Autism.  Onica has become a strong advocate for special needs children and the larger disabled community.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Americans for Democratic Action. Southern CA Chapter and National Board
  • San Pedro Democratic Club
  • Canada Crescenta Democratic Club

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My role as a judicial offcer is non-partisian but I have been a member of the Democratic party since I was registered to vote. I am most likely considered a moderate democrat.  I stonrgly believe in our American values, the United States Constitution, California Constitution and our enacted laws.  I truly believe in the fair and equitable application of the law and facts to all members of our society.  

 

Videos (2)

— February 8, 2020 Sherri Onica Valle Cole for Judge 2020

My life.

— February 8, 2020 Just Sayin

Criminal Justice Reform

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