Meet the Candidate: Susanne Rizzo for Inyo County Superior Court Judge

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Susanne Rizo, candidate for Inyo County Superior Court judge, is a Bishop High School
graduate with 18 years’ experience practicing law in California.

Fifteen years ago she returned to Inyo County, first with the County Counsel’s office and
currently in child support services as attorney and regional director.

In San Diego County, she rotated between criminal and civil courts. Moving to the north
county city of Carlsbad, she served as Deputy City Attorney in an office with 90 attorneys.
During her tenure, she prosecuted over 40 cases, ranging from DUIs, sexual assault, domestic
violence and battery. On the civil side, her case load included environmental law, water law,
code enforcement and public contracting.

Rizo came back to Inyo County in 2005, serving as Deputy County Council. She currently
works as regional director of the Eastern Sierra Department of Child Support Services and as a
mediator in the County Courts.

During the past 15 years, she expanded her case load experience working on California
Environmental Quality Act cases, contract law, 5150 (danger to oneself) cases and advised
police and fire departments.

Rizo views the decision-making obligation of Superior Court judges as vital. “What we do
impacts the whole community,” she said. “We have to help people through a crisis. It’s a very
stressful time.”

Part of that process, especially with child abuse and juvenile cases, is bringing the whole
picture into focus. “What other issues are plaguing the family? How do we improve the
outcomes for the child,” she added.

Judges have to rely on the Court’s partners, Social Services, Probation. Decisions can’t
be made in a vacuum. Rizo stressed the need to meet with people and groups and to stay in
touch with the individuals and families that come become the court.

“There’s a connectedness within this community,” Rizo said, especially in cases involving
juveniles. “It’s not just the child. We have to provide treatment for the family.”
Rizo is running for Superior Court Judge to bring a fresh perspective, “to instill
confidence in the courts,” she said. “Undue delays can prejudice the parties. In divorce cases,
it’s difficult to establish a stable home life” when final decisions are delayed.

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8 Responses to Meet the Candidate: Susanne Rizzo for Inyo County Superior Court Judge

  1. Old Timer February 27, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    Judge Lamb didn’t commit perjury either, he was admonished for making a mistake. As far as Ms. Rizo goes, what has she done or not done? Including perjury? All I know about her is that she is a lousy head of the Child Support Agency. “At least” anything isn’t a reason to elect someone to be a Judge. If one has a problem with decisions coming slowly, Ms. Rizo’s statements above do not appear to be focused on speeding up the system, also note she does not refer to criminal cases at all.

  2. Old Timer February 25, 2020 at 12:38 am #

    Sorry, but I can’t shut up.! If you read Rizo’s statements above, you can read touchy, feely, snowflake that’s gonna do all this stuff…That a Judge is not supposed to do. The courts are not there to “help people through personal crises” they are there to adjudicate situations that can not be resolved otherwise.(according to rule of law, not by meeting with people and groups) In fact, meeting with “people and groups” outside of a courtroom setting is probably unethical and illegal for a Judge, that process is called arbitration. Inyo County should have an arbitrator.
    If people could resolve their own issues they would not be in court, or in the case of divorce or custody, only there to formalize what they have already agreed upon.
    There are worse things that can happen besides having a Judge who makes slow decisions, one who makes bad decisions.

    • I. D. Clair February 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

      At least Ms. Rizo didn’t commit perjury like Brian Lamb did – twice – or was it three times?

  3. Old Timer February 25, 2020 at 12:24 am #

    Oh and P.S., Rizo returned to the Owen’s Valley to work with Joel Samuels. Also, for those who don’t have the true picture, the cops and the DA’s office are responsible for any increased caseloads in court, not to mention that the County finds it impossible to retain any competent and honest public defenders, so to blame the Judges for all that is wrong with a broken system is not correct.

  4. Old Timer February 25, 2020 at 12:16 am #

    I have four grandchildren who have 2 deadbeat moms. Ms. Rizo has barely been able to get $70/month from the would-be star, when as far as I can tell it should be @ $250/ month. The other 3 kids get nothing, and will soon be too old, one is already 19. Ms. Rizo didn’t think that Mommy should have to work and pay child support, so refused to ask for an order. That woman (Rizo) is in no way qualified to be a judge, she already can’t do the job she has. Wake up people!

  5. Old Yeller February 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm #


  6. Almost Native February 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

    What’s wrong Cashbaugh? Did he make you open up 90% of your land to hunters and fishermen? Or did the price of beef just drop?

  7. Bob Cashbaugh February 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

    Any one is preferred over the present sitting judge.


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