About Onica

ONICA VALLE COLE: Los Angeles Superior Court Candidate for Seat No. 67

Career Prosecutor, Yale Educated & Endorsed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges

Onica Valle Cole has more than 15 years as a Los Angeles Criminal Prosecutor, and is the candidate with the most relevant experience for the Office of Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Office.

Onica volunteers as a Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court and is regularly called upon to fulfill the duties of a judge. She is supported in her run by bench officers familiar with her trial skills and reputation.

As a criminal prosecutor she has walked the halls of the county courthouses on a regular basis and has negotiated hundreds of cases with bench officers and defense counsel. Onica’s trial experience as a criminal prosecutor has included cases that involved domestic violence, animal cruelty, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a concealed weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon, prostitution, narcotic offenses, hit and run offenses and other serious criminal offenses.

From February of 2009 through June 2017, Onica was assigned to a vertical prosecution unit which focused on Consumer crimes. As a criminal prosecutor, she protected the public by prosecuting dangerous medical doctors, sale of untested and unapproved food and drugs, auto repair theft, marijuana clinics, incompetent and/or unlicensed immigrant consultants, would-be real estate brokers, loan modification, grand theft and most recently the unlicensed practice of law by those who take advantage of low-income immigrants.

Onica has vigorously prosecuted a number of immigrant consultants including Gloria Saucedo, Eblin Balver and Jesus Lozano and was invited to lecture at the May 2016 conference on the topic of Immigration Fraud for the California Association of District Attorneys.

“Language and cultural barriers make immigrants susceptible to scams…. Those who are in the country illegally are especially vulnerable because they may be afraid to report wrongdoing... [making it] in some ways the perfect crime.” - Onica Cole
Man posing as attorney lied to immigrants seeking legal help L.A. Times, by Kate Linthicum, June 2, 2015.

Onica has a unique compassion for understanding the experiences of others. Born in San Diego, California to an interracial couple, Onica is sensitive to the needs of the diverse population of Los Angeles county. Onica is one of four children from the marital union of a Mexican mother and African American father. Onica has spent the majority of her youth living in Tijuana, Mexico, commuting across the border daily to attend school in San Diego, CA. Onica’s father operated his medical clinic in a low-income area of San Diego and the family commuted across the border to save money. Each of the children had a job, and Onica was the bookkeeper for Dr. Cole’s Medical Office. Onica assumed that role when she was just seven years old.

After graduating from Clairemont High School in San Diego, as the Class Valedictorian and “Person Most Likely to Succeed”, Onica pursued her education at Yale University in New Haven, CT. In 1993, she graduated with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Onica always had a passion for the law and continued on to Loyola Law School on a full scholarship. Since her graduation and passing the Bar in 1998, Onica has never stopped giving to residents of Los Angeles County.

Onica has volunteered with Mentoring Our Student Through Experience (MOSTE), a mentoring organization for young girls in the South Los Angeles Area, both as a mentor and board member. Onica has also served the Criminal Director of the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association and Treasurer for the Black City Attorneys Association. Onica has received the Black Women Lawyers Association Community Service Award and sat on their board as the Co-Chair of the Community Action Community, Co-Chair of the Parent Committee and Recording Secretary. Onica enjoys hiking with the Sierra Club where she is active as a hike leader and is the Director of Curriculum for the Sunday School program at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena.

Onica loves to give back to her community. She has served as a mentor for two young ladies she was matched with through MOSTE which stands for Motivating Our Students Through Experience. MOSTE is always looking for female professionals to serve as mentors to high school students from social economic disadvantaged backgrounds. If you are interested in serving as a mentor please contact MOSTe.org

 2015 Family Photograph

Onica is married to Brent Honore’, a thirty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and together they have two young children Merit and Leonicio. In 2016 Leonicio was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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