Can the City Attorney advise citizens in legal matters?

No.  The City Attorney cannot advise private citizens in legal matters.  The City Attorney represents/advises the City Council, Planning Commission, City Departments, and other agencies, boards, commissions and committees.  However, the Orange County Legal Aid Society (800) 834-5001 or (714) 572-5200, or the Orange County Lawyers Referral Service (949) 440-6747, may be helpful for anyone seeking legal representation and/or answers to general legal questions.