City Attorney Autumn Luna advises Eureka’s staff and leadership on legal matters that may impact the City. Her office’s primary task is to legally represent the Mayor and City Council, the City's various boards and commissions, the City Manager, and other City officials and employees. As an experienced municipal lawyer, she offers guidance, legal counsel, and legal representation against litigation and claims.
The City Attorney’s office also helps citizens access public records under the California Public Records Act. You may view completed California Public Records on the City's archives at the following link:
It is important to note that the City Attorney’s office cannot provide legal advice to citizens in private matters, nor is the office permitted to make referrals to citizens for private attorneys. Citizens seeking legal advice may find assistance through the following organizations:
- Where can I find information about ethics requirements for City officials?
The California Fair Political Practices Commission enforces state conflict-of-interest laws for City officials. More information can be found on their website.
- Where can I find the Municipal Code?
The Eureka Municipal Code and the Charter of the City of Eureka can be found online. The Municipal Code is updated periodically and may not yet reflect recently adopted ordinances.
- How do I file a claim against the City of Eureka?
Fill out the Claim for Money or Damages Against the City of Eureka (PDF) and mail it to
City Clerk's Office
531 "K" Street
Eureka, CA 95501-1146
You can also pick up a copy of the form at the City Clerk's Office.
- I need a lawyer. Can the City Attorney help me?
The City Attorney is the lawyer for the City of Eureka as an organization. That means we work for the City Council, the City Manager, and other City staff. By law, the City Attorney is prohibited from representing residents, businesses, private individuals, or groups.
Go to our Legal Resources page for a list of referrals to lawyers who can help with landlord-tenant issues, business or neighbor disputes, family issues, personal injuries, etc.
- How do I serve the City of Eureka with a lawsuit?
By law, lawsuits against the City of Eureka must be served on the Office of the Clerk. The City Attorney’s Office does not accept service of lawsuits against the City of Eureka.
- How do I serve the City of Eureka with a subpoena?
In cases in which the City of Eureka is not a party to a lawsuit, subpoenas should be served on the specific City department that you are seeking records.
- What agency do I contact to handle the following issues?
Non-Profit Legal Service Providers and Referral Agencies
- Legal Services of Northern California
- Humboldt Mediation Services
- California Indian Legal Services
- Animal and pet conflicts: Animal Control Division, Humboldt Sheriff’s Office
- Landlord and Tenant conflicts: Housing Authority of the City of Eureka and County of Humboldt
- Can the City Attorney's Office give me information about a criminal prosecution?
The City Attorney’s Office generally does not handle the prosecution of state Penal Code infractions or misdemeanors, which are handled by the County’s Office of the District Attorney. The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for enforcing the City’s own ordinances.