Who We Are...

In 1964 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted County Ordinance 3.16 which established the Los Angeles County Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Committee. After nine years, the Board re-designated the Committee as a Commission. The County Ordinance under which the Commission derives its authority provides for the appointment of twenty-one Commissioners; four appointments by each of the five Supervisors with the twenty-first appointment being the preceding year's Foreperson of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury. Commissioners are appointed to serve a two-year term, but may serve longer if requested to do so by their appointing Supervisor.

The commissioners, as recognized leaders within the public service, corporate, legal and academic segments of society, bring a uniquely focused perspective to the Commission's review and analysis of local government policy, management and operations. This capability is exemplified throughout the history of the Commission by the background and experience of its members. The backgrounds of the present and past Commission chairs can be reviewed by clicking here.

Capitalizing on their experience in these diverse backgrounds, the commissioners are able to provide local government with a distinctive and valuable advisory resource, while acting as a vital bridge between local government and its citizens.

What We Do...

The Economy and Efficiency Commission has been established to examine any function of County government at the request of the Board of Supervisors, on its own initiative, or as suggested by others. The Commission conducts reviews of all aspects of local government policy, management, and operations. Upon the completion of these reviews, the Commission submits its recommendations to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The objective of these recommendations is to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of local government.

Throughout its history the Commission has conducted research and undertaken studies on how to best improve local government. The Commission has published more than 192 reports, position paper, letters and associated documents on various issues covering the following areas: Organizations, Operations, Real Asset Management, Risk Management, Legislation, Courts, Contracting, Local Government Policy, County Security and Commission related documents.

How We Do It...

More than at any other time in history, local government is faced with increasing demands for services, while being continually challenged by changes in available resources. As a result of these pressures, it is more critical than ever that the Economy and Efficiency Commission provides local government with purposeful citizen input to assist in: seeking the most effective means of utilizing its resources; improving local government service delivery; recognizing the imperatives of innovation; seeking techniques for improved accountability; and retaining the respect and trust of its citizens. In accomplishing these objectives the Economy and Efficiency Commission has achieved a distinguished reputation for excellence and has become a national and international model for citizen involvement in local government.

Each Commissioner contributes to this effort on a voluntary basis through attendance at Commission meetings held throughout the year during which issues are discussed. Commissioners also serve on one or more issue focused task forces that meet as needed. In total, these individuals volunteer hundreds of hours annually with the objective of improving local government as well as advancing the cause of citizen participation.

To learn more about each Commissioner, please click on a Commissioner's name in the right hand margin.

How to Obtain Further Information...

To obtain further information on the Commission or its activities please contact the the Commission Office by phone at (213) 974-1491, by FAX at (213) 620-1437, or by e-mail at eecomm@co.la.ca.us

Executive Director
Edward Eng

Chairmen
Isaac D. Barcelona
Jonathan S. Fuhrman

Vice Chairs
Chun Y. Lee
Dr. Freda Hinsche Otto

Chairman Emeritus
Robert H. Philibosian

Commissioners
Fred Balderrama
Robert Cole
Dr. Alan M. Glassman
Ronald K. Ikejiri
Arne Kalm
Bradley H. Mindlin
Adam Murray
Adam Nathanson
Royal F. Oakes
Roman Padilla
William J. Petak
Fred Piltz
Janice Kamenir Reznik
Steven Ward
Steve Wolowicz