Professional Experience

Victor Ponto is a Partner with Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill. He currently serves as the City Attorney for the city of Cudahy as well as the Assistant General Counsel for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, and the Eastern Municipal Water District. Mr. Ponto also served as the City Attorney for the City of Adelanto, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fontana, and Deputy City Attorney for the cities of El Monte, Cudahy, Huntington Park, and San Fernando. He also served as Assistant General Counsel for the Elsinore Municipal Water District, Hi-Desert Water District, El Monte Union High School District, and the Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Mr. Ponto advises public agencies and private businesses on a variety of issues, including those related to cannabis legalization. Mr. Ponto has drafted dozens of land use ordinances regulating cannabis and assists in creating commercial and residential cannabis permitting regulations. He also regularly leads workshops and lectures on regulatory options related to cannabis and conducts webinars on the legalities of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

Mr. Ponto also provides legal services to cities, school districts, municipal water agencies, and other government entities throughout Southern California.

His practice involves city attorney and general counsel services.  He frequently advises cities and other local governmental agencies on the Brown Act, the Political Reform Act and the Public Records Act. His practice is to ensure that the governing boards and councils he advises operate legally to effectively serve their communities.

He represents both cities and special districts – providing legal advice at public meetings, community/economic development projects and complex land use transactions. He also advises public clients on matters regarding Planning and Zoning law issues, the Subdivision Map Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Admissions & Associations

  • State Bar of California

Speaking & Publications

  • Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe), State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana
    Regulations Limit Local Authority, LEGAL ALERTS, Aug. 14, 2018.
  • Cannabis Regulation Patchwork in California, BB&K Attorney Victor Ponto Examines Differences in PublicCEO, May 25, 2018.
  • 2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III, Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies, LEGAL ALERTS, Jan. 11, 2018
  • New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government, Potential Fiscal Impacts and Confusion, LEGAL ALERTS, Jan. 11, 2018.
  • The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes, Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately, LEGAL ALERTS, Sep. 20, 2017
  • Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution, California Supreme Court Holds That Article XIII C Does Not Restrict Initiative Power To Impose Taxes, LEGAL ALERTS, Aug. 29, 2017.
  • New California Law Simplifies and Harmonizes Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations, Bill Collapses Two into One Regulatory Scheme, LEGAL ALERTS, June 27, 2017.
  • Deadline Removed for Local Government Regulation of Medical Marijuana Cultivation in
    California, Cities Will Have More Time to Regulate, LEGAL ALERTS, Feb. 8, 2016.

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