Mr. De la Cruz appears before agencies, boards, commissions, and legislative bodies to advocate for project entitlements and defends those entitlements, as necessary, in the course of litigation.
Significant projects that Mr. De la Cruz has worked on include the expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the University of Southern California’s Galen Center & Athletic Pavilion; the redevelopment and expansion of the historic Hollywood Tower; The Century, a 42-story high-rise in Century City for the Related Companies; and Casden Properties’ Palazzo Westwood. Mr. De la Cruz has also worked on the development of regional malls, senior assisted living facilities, transit-oriented developments, university housing projects, big-box retail stores, commercial offices and non-urban projects involving conservation easements and regulatory permits from agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Currently, Mr. De la Cruz serves as special counsel to the City of Montebello on the Montebello Hills Specific Plan, a 1,200 home development on the site of the Montebello Oil Field and represents Trancas-PCH, LLC on the development and preservation of 35 acres off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. He advises a major international big-box retailer on climate change issues and associated CEQA compliance and works with one of Los Angeles’ largest signage companies on legislation and government advocacy. Mr. De la Cruz has also represented various homeowners associations in various easement and CC&R disputes.
Mr. De la Cruz is a registered lobbyist with the City and County of Los Angeles. In his government practice, Mr. De la Cruz has assisted clients on contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Los Angeles World Airports. At the policy level, Mr. De la Cruz has worked with government agencies and elected officials on legislation, moratoriums, and agreements affecting clients in areas such as prevailing/living wage, redevelopment, and housing and urban planning policy. Mr. De la Cruz is a former appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Relocation Appeals Board Commission and is currently on the Land Use Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. During his academic career, Mr. De la Cruz served as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Intern to Representative Xavier Becerra – Committee on Ways and Means, working out of both the Los Angeles and D.C. offices on housing and transportation issues.
Mr. De la Cruz is a member of the firm’s Associates Committee and pro bono counsel to the Watts Village Theater Company.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 2003
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|Associate||Latham & Watkins LLP||2003 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Urban Land Institute||Member||2006 - Present|
|Harvard Univ Law School||N/A||law||N/A|
|CEQA Basics Workshop||Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act||2009|