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Title:

 Legislative Reform: Addressing Critical Economic Issues (Legislation)

Date:

 March 1995

Pages:

 18

Summary:

  This update on a 1993 report offers recommendations designed to improve the County and the State's business climate through sound legislative reform without the imposition of unnecessary taxes on Californians or California businesses. As in the previous report, this follow-up targets workers' compensation, civil litigation, and regulatory reform. Daily overtime pay requirements is an additional issue explored in this report.

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Title:

 County Budget and Economic Growth (Legislation)

Date:

 May 1993

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  This letter from the Economy and Efficiency Commission to the Board of Supervisors sets forth various means to improving the economic environment through growth, rather than by increasing revenue from additional taxes. These alternatives include workers' compensation insurance reform, civil litigation reform and permit streamlining, specifically in environmental regulation. The Commission recommended that the Board support identified pending state legislation and offered a strategy to address relevant issues. The Board passed a motion in May, 1993 urging the Governor and legislative leaders and conferees to agree to strong and meaningful reforms.

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Title:

 Proposition 13 in Los Angeles County - Before and After (Legislation)

Date:

 February 1980

Pages:

 87

Summary:

  The objective of the Commission's report was to review the actions taken by County government since 1976 in response to community pressure for cost reduction and the effects of those actions both before and after Proposition 13. The report concluded, that the radical cost reductions envisioned by Howard Jarvis and his supporters cannot be accomplished within the framework of current intergovernmental structure and policy. Cost reduction of sufficient magnitude will require re-evaluation of public policy and change of the intergovernmental structure. The report also documents the severe financial effects Proposition 13 has had on County government.

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Title:

 Statement on Proposition 8 and Senate Bill 1, the Behr Bill (Legislation)

Date:

 May 1978

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Commission supports Proposition 8, which would implement the property Tax Relief Act of 1978 (the Behr Bill). The Commission did an analysis on the proposition and the Behr Bill and concluded that Proposition 8 and the Behr Bill are responsible and effective measures.

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Title:

 Statement on Proposition 13, the Jarvis-Gann Initiative (Legislation)

Date:

 April 1978

Pages:

 13

Summary:

  The Commission did not support this initiative. The Commission concluded that Proposition 13 would not achieve the tax relief and expenditure reform it claims, but instead would bring severe tax inequities, serious economic dislocations and government by the courts.

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Title:

 Statement on Proposed County Charter Amendment "A" Deletion of the Prevailing Wage Clause (Legislation)

Date:

 April 1978

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Commission supported this amendment, which would end the requirement that the County pay salaries or wages at least equal to those prevailing in the private sector. The Commission believed the prevailing wage clause to be outmoded making the County system restrictive and inequitable. By deleting the cause, County management and labor could reach agreements which are fair, competitive and within the taxpayers' ability to pay.

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Title:

 Arbitration and Appeals Function of the Paramedic Commission (Legislation)

Date:

 December 1977

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  This letter describes the difference of opinion between the Commission and the Department of Health Services as to the authority of the Commission's decisions. The Commission requested that the Board of Supervisors delegate the appropriate level of authority to carry out the Paramedic Commission's prescribed function. The Commission stated that the Board of Supervisors remains the sovereign body and the decisions remain appealable to them.

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Title:

 Request for Legislation Providing for the Appointment of 34 Additional Superior Court Judges (Legislation)

Date:

 April 1977

Pages:

 7

Summary:

  The Superior Court requested the Board to appoint 34 additional judges. The Commission analyzed the request and recommended that the Board reject the Superior Court's request for the additional judges due to fiscal crisis and the increased costs. The report suggests the court seek to improve procedures and expedite cases in order to maintain expenditures at the present level.

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Title:

 County Propositions "A" and "B" Elected Mayor and Size of the Board of Supervisors (Legislation)

Date:

 October 1976

Pages:

 23

Summary:

  This report gives a detailed analysis of Proposition "A." The Commission believed that the advantages of Proposition "A" outweighed the disadvantages. Findings and conclusions were also reached on Proposition "B" from those Commission members who supported this measure.

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Title:

 Pros and Cons on Proposition "A" and Proposition "B" (Legislation)

Date:

 September 1976

Pages:

 20

Summary:

  This is a Task Force position paper on the major advantages and disadvantages of Propositions "A" and Proposition "B." Proposition "A" dealt with an elective county executive; Proposition "B" with increasing the size of the Board. The Task Force recommended that the Commission support Proposition "A."

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Title:

 County Proposition "B" (Legislation)

Date:

 June 1976

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  This Commission letter states unanimous opposition to Proposition "B." The proposition would remove department heads from civil service, and eliminate the charter requirement for open competitive examinations and merit system selection for these positions. The Commission expressed concern that the measure would politicize the process of selecting County executives who have substantial power and influence over the selection of contractors, regulation of business and development, and expenditures of millions of public dollars. The Commission also noted that it voted to reconsider executive appointment and dismissal procedures as they relate to the proposal for an elected mayor.

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Title:

 Proposed Charter Amendment to Remove Department Heads and Chief Deputies from Civil Service Status (Legislation)

Date:

 February 1976

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  The Commission agreed with the overall objectives of Supervisor Schabarum's proposal to remove department headsand chief deputies from civil service status, making these officials accountable to the Board for their performance and enabling the Board to discipline or remove them if warranted. The Commission also felt that the selection process should require open, competitive examinations supervised and administered by the Civil Service Commission. In addition, if a County executive were dismissed, he/she should have the right to meet with the Board in executive session, or in a public session if they so request, to consider and discuss the reasons for their dismissal. Thus, the Commission opposes the proposal unless it included effective safeguards against political influence.

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Title:

 Charter Proposals for the 1973 Special Election (Legislation)

Date:

 August 1973

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  The Charter Study Task Force of the Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors place only two of several proposed charter amendments on the ballot for the November, 1973 special election. These amendments were to establish the position of an elected County Chief Executive; and to expand the Board of Supervisors from five to seven members.

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Title:

 Charter Study Issues (Legislation)

Date:

 May 1973

Pages:

 22

Summary:

  The purpose of this internal Commission letter (from staff to task force) was to provide background information to the task force. The letter addressed three major charter amendment issues: an elective chief executive, appointed chief executive, and size of the Board.

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Title:

 Proposed Charter Amendments (Legislation)

Date:

 August 1972

Pages:

 7

Summary:

  At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Commission reviewed two proposed amendments to the County charter. The Task Force recommended that an amendment be placed on the November ballot allowing the County to hold open competitive examinations for department heads and their chief deputies unless a modification to these procedures could be justified. The Task Force advised against placing such controversial issues as enlargement of the Board of Supervisors, establishment of an elected County Chief Executive, and deletion of the prevailing wage clause on the ballot at that time.

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Title:

 Study of the Los Angeles County Charter (Legislation)

Date:

 July 1970

Pages:

 35

Summary:

  The Commission studied two major issues of the Los Angeles County Charter: the organization structure of county government, particularly the relationship that should exist between the board, Chief Administrative Officer and department heads; and, the size of the board, increasing it from five to seven members. The report recommended several changes to the county organizational structure, the establishment of a county chief executive, and a ballot proposition increasing the size of the board.

Note:

 Although the available pages of this report are posted, the original from which they were taken is missing a significant number of pages.

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Title:

 Charter Amendment on Personnel Functions (Legislation)

Date:

 August 1966

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Commission reviewed a draft from various County departments and union leaders recommending changes to the proposed Charter Amendment concerning the reorganization of personnel functions. The Commission recommended approval, by the Board, of the Charter amendment covering the reorganization of the County's personnel functions. The report recommended, to the extent possible, that the responsible County officers should begin immediately to lay the groundwork for the consolidation of the County's personnel functions.

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