Leon Page

 

(Term ends 2016)

Leon Page joined the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees in December 2012.

Leon was born in England, in the United Kingdom, in a place called Worcester (pronounced ‘Wooster’) ­ the city from where the Lea & Perrins sauce originated. He immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1980, and grew up in La Canada-Flintridge, a Los Angeles County suburb.

After graduating high school, Leon attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he particularly enjoyed classes in political philosophy.  (Don¹t get him started on Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, or Edmund Burke!)

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, Leon moved to Sacramento, he worked in the state Capitol as a legislative assistant to Assemblyman Brooks Firestone, the Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. It was during this time that the Legislature enacted Assemblyman Firestone¹s landmark 529 Scholarshare College Savings Plan.

In 1998, after Assemblyman Firestone decided to not seek re-election, Leon joined the California Fair Political Practices Commission. At the FPPC, Leon served as the Commission¹s legislative coordinator ­ the agency’s liaison to the state legislature on matters relating to the California Political Reform Act of 1974, the state law that covers campaign contributions and financial conflicts-of-interest.

While working in Sacramento, Leon attended the McGeorge School of Law as an evening student.  He graduated Order of the Coif ­ in the top ten percent of his class ­ in 2000 and went on to pass the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.

In 2003, after working for several years in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, Leon relocated to North San Diego County with his wife and children to enjoy the area’s great schools, beautiful beaches, and unbeatable weather. At that time, he went to work for the County of Orange, where he continues to serve today as a Deputy County Counsel. On behalf of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and County departments such as the Orange County Sheriff and the District Attorney, Leon practices public agency labor and employment law.

In early 2011, and after an almost four-year legal battle ­ and prior to his service on the Board of Trustees ­ Leon concluded a public interest/taxpayer lawsuit involving the MiraCosta Community College District in which Leon successfully challenged the cash settlement given to the District's former president/superintendent. Leon's lawsuit led to a precedent-setting appellate court decision, Page v. MiraCosta Comm. College District, 180 Cal.App.4th 471(2009), that clarifies the legal limits on cash settlements available to local administrators at all local agencies in California.

Over the last few years, Leon has taken a number of classes as a student at MiraCosta College, including courses in history, dramatic literature, ballroom and Latin dance. As an instructor, he thoroughly enjoyed teaching Business 140 (Legal Environment of Business) at the Oceanside campus of MiraCosta College in the Fall of 2011 and the Summer of 2012.

He returns to the classroom from time to time as a guest speaker on employment law.

Leon now lives in beautiful Carlsbad with his wife, Ruby, and three children, Andrew, Spencer, and Mia. He is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the MiraCosta Community College District and believes that California¹s community colleges are, by far, the best deal for parents, students, and taxpayers in higher education today.