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Title:

 Review of New Governance Structure (Operations)

Date:

 July 2008

Pages:

 33

Summary:

  Associated with Ordinance 2007-0048 instituting the new governance structure, a Board motion directed the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission to review the implementation of the plan and the effectiveness of the ordinance.


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Title:

 Implementation Review of the Natural History Museum Recommendations (Organization)

Date:

 April 1997

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  This letter to the Board of Supervisors discusses the implementation status of the 29 recommendations made to improve the management and operations of the Natural History Museum.


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Title:

 Internal Services Department (ISD) Restructuring Review (Organization)

Date:

 October 1996

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  This report evaluates the restructuring actions taken by Internal Services Department (ISD) as recommended by the Economy and Efficiency Commission and the County of Los Angeles Chief Administrative Office. The report analyzes these recommendations, their impact to operations of ISD, evaluates the actions taken, and makes further recommendations for policy and operational improvements.

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Title:

 Recommendations on the Natural History Museum (Organization)

Date:

 April 1996

Pages:

 6

Summary:

  This letter clarifies and amplifies for the Board of Supervisors the seven recommendations which the Natural History Museum did not find acceptable and were not approved by the Board.


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Title:

 CAO's March 18th Response to the Commission's Report on Human Resources Function Consolidation (Organization)

Date:

 April 1996

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter to the Board of Supervisors clarifies the intent of the Commission's recommendations in light of the CAO's reponse to the report on the human resources function consolidation.


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Title:

 Restatement of the Recommendations Made in the Report on the Consolidation of the Department of Health Services Human Resources Function with the Department of Human Resources (Organization)

Date:

 March 1996

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  At the request of the Board the Commission consolidated and summarized the 24 recommendations made in its August 1995 report on the same matter.


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Title:

 A Review of the Report Issued by the Health Crisis Manager Entitled Governance of the Department of Health Services (Organization)

Date:

 January 1996

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  This report contains an analysis of the problems of governance and considers several key elements necessary to make an informed decision on this highly complex and long-ranging proposal. It points out several areas that impact on the adoption of a means of governing health services within Los Angeles County.

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Title:

 Reengineering Patient Care at Los Angeles County's Department of Health Services (Organization)

Date:

 November 1995

Pages:

 136

Summary:

  This study explores strategies for revisions of urgent care services within the County of Los Angeles. A reengineering approach was selected because of the need for improvements in the quality of patient care and the need for cost reduction within the Department and County. Two urgent health care sites were reviewed in order to develop an analytical model that could be replicated elsewhere in the County.

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Title:

 Letter to the Board Concerning the Organizational Placement of the CIO (Organization)

Date:

 August 1995

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter recommends that the Board place the CIO function in the Chief Administrative Office rather than in the Auditor-Controller or as a stand alone department.


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Title:

 Report on The Consolidation of The Department of Health Services Human Resources Function With The Department of Human Resources (Organization)

Date:

 August 1995

Pages:

 32

Summary:

  This report presents a discussion of the Commission's position on the appropriateness of actions proposing the transfer of human resource functions to the Department of Human Resources (DHR). The report makes alternative recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the Department and the County organizational structure. The issue addressed was how to best utilize the services of the DHR within the County structure.

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Title:

 Review of the Proposed Restructuring of the Internal Services Department (Organization)

Date:

 June 1995

Pages:

 44

Summary:

  This report considers the current operations of the Internal Services Department (ISD) in light of recommendations made by the Chief Administrative Office and provides the Board of Supervisors with an analysis of the appropriateness of the recommendations being proposed. Where the Commission felt it necessary, alternative or additional recommendations were made to increase the effectiveness of the department and the County organizational structure. Emphasis is placed on the most appropriate structure with which to accomplish the functions currently assigned to ISD.

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Title:

 Analysis of the Collections and Collection-Based Activities of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Organization)

Date:

 April 1995

Pages:

 63

Summary:

  This study makes public policy recommendations concerning the donation of collections, including the possibility of contracting with educational institutions to assist in maintaining collections used in the conduct of basic research. It makes 37 recommendations to improve the operations and management of the museum. These recommendations are made to improve efficiency, reduce County costs and increase revenue possibilities.

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 Letter Clarifying a Recommendation on Civil Service Rules Made in the Report on the ISD, (August 1991) (Organization)

Date:

 November 1991

Pages:

 1

Summary:

  This letter provides further clarification to the Board concerning the Commission's recommendation to re-examine Civil Service Rules.

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Title:

 Recommendations for The Internal Services Department (ISD) (Organization)

Date:

 August 1991

Pages:

 7

Summary:

  This letter was prepared in response to the Board's instruction to the Commission to reexamine the Board's policy controlling the funding of the Internal Services Department (ISD). The Commission recommended continuance of the existing policy of funding ISD through payments of those using its services.

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 Ordinance Amending Chapter 3.08 of the Los Angeles County Code Regarding the Commission for Children's Services (Organization)

Date:

 August 1990

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  In this letter the Economy and Efficiency Commission reviewed the proposed Ordinance No. 84-0070, creating and continuing the Commission for Children. It recommends that the Board of Supervisors include in this ordinance detailed provisions for the voluntary flow of information from County organizations to the Commission.

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Title:

 The Position of Deputy to the County Executive (Organization)

Date:

 July 1990

Pages:

 1

Summary:

  This letter strongly suggests that the Charter Amendment proposing the election of a County Executive also provide for the position of Deputy to the County Executive who will be responsible for managing the operations of the County.

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Title:

 Report on the Executive Structure of Los Angeles County Government (Organization)

Date:

 July 1990

Pages:

 62

Summary:

  This report reviews the Charter Amendments for the November, 1990 ballot. The Commission recommends that the Board submit a Charter amendment to the voters at the November 1990 election, creating the position of County Manager and restructuring the duties of County officials; and, that the Board place a Charter amendment at the same general election to provide for the employment and compensation of the County Manager and Department Managers (except in departments headed by elected officials) as employees in the unclassified services. Note: accompanying 10 page board letter is attached to the end of this report.

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Title:

 Family Services in Los Angeles County Government - Volume II (Organization)

Date:

 February 1989

Pages:

 305

Summary:

  Contains working papers and reference material that were used during the preparation of the Family Services in Los Angeles County Government, Vol. I.

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Title:

 Family Services in Los Angeles County Government - Volume I (Organization)

Date:

 February 1989

Pages:

 90

Summary:

  This study reviewed various organizations created by Los Angeles County to address the increasing needs of children, first studied in the Commission's, Report on Children's Social Services in Los Angeles County, Vol. I. The study recommends that the Board: improve the structure of the departmental service delivery system for social services, and, consolidate the staffing of the Child Sex Abuse Crisis Center Executive Board, the County-wide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, the Domestic Violence Council, the Inter-Agency Council, and the Task Force on Drug Abuse into a unified staffing structure that reports within the Chief Administrative Office (CAO). Regarding commissions, the study recommends procedures to minimize the creation of additional commissions, enforce establishment of reporting requirements and sunset dates, and when appropriate, provide briefings by the CAO for all new citizens commissioners. Annual reports by the CAO should be provided to commissioners presenting the state of the County and actions attributable to each commission's recommendations.

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Title:

 Role of the Chief Administrative Officer Departmental Structure of the County (Organization)

Date:

 December 1988

Pages:

 6

Summary:

  The Commission reported on the opportunities for further consolidation of departments within the County, the effectiveness of any consolidation and the role of the Chief Administrative Officer. (This report further develops and refines the restructuring recommendations made by the Commission and adopted by the Board in 1983.) The recommendations were to seperate several functions from the Chief Administrative Office, create an Internal Services Department, and consolidate the Department of Beaches and Harbors with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Title:

 Role of the Chief Administrative Office And Asset Management in Los Angeles County (Organization)

Date:

 December 1988

Pages:

 94

Summary:

  The Commission evaluates the status of its reorganization programs, with attention to its recent actions affecting the role of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), current vacancies in department head positions, and the status of system development. The Commission recommended that the Board: separate the operational responsibility for Facilities Management, Communications, Purchasing and Stores, Data Processing and Asset Development from the CAO's Office; create an Internal Services Department by merging the departments in recommendation one, and appoint a single director to manage the centralized functions; and, consolidate the Department of Beaches and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Title:

 A Joint Organizational and Process Study of The Department of Beaches and Harbors, Parks and Recreation, Public Library and Facilities Management Department (Organization)

Date:

 October 1988

Pages:

 64

Summary:

  As a result of the Board's interest in reducing the number of departments reporting to it, and the Commission's earlier suggestion that current department head vacancies might provide opportunities for reorganization, the Board authorized a joint project between the Commission and several departments to undertake a study of those departments. (A study that was conducted by HRS Associates as a supplement to this report has been included as a link below.)

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Title:

 A Letter to the Board Concerning Preliminary Recommendations to County Organization Study (Organization)

Date:

 August 1988

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  Prior to the submission of the final report "A Joint Organizational and Process Study of the Department of Beaches and Harbors, Parks and Recreation, Public Library and Facilities Managment Department" in October 1988, 6 recommendations for Board action were developed. These recommendations were designed to facilitate the Commission's restructuring review of the roles and functions of the County's organizational structure.

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Title:

 Report on Children's Social Services in Los Angeles County - Volume II (Organization)

Date:

 June 1988

Pages:

 110

Summary:

  Contains various working papers, data and other materials that the task force reviewed in the course of preparing Volume I of this report.

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Title:

 Report on Children's Social Services in Los Angeles County - Volume I (Organization)

Date:

 June 1988

Pages:

 60

Summary:

  Volume I of this report summarizes the Commission's recommendations to improve services. The report recommended that the Board: reorganize the County departmental structure for delivering protective services; reorganize the system of multi-jurisdictional councils working in fields affecting children's welfare; specify by ordinance the scope and role of the Children's Advisory Commission; focus accountability for the results of County social services for children and families in a single individual; and, curtail the potential for future actions which might tend to increase fragmentation, duplication, or confusion.

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Title:

 Medical Examiner / Coroner (Organization)

Date:

 June 1985

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Board instructed the Chief Administrative Officer and the Commission to review the study by Carol Beck, et al, Morale and Motivation in the County Morgue and to make short-term and long-term recommendations. The report stated that the Medical Examiner had taken actions to relieve the deterioration in morale that occurred following reorganization. The Commission's report makes three recommendations. The first that the Los Angeles County's Medical Association and Bar Association request their appropriate committees to investigate public policy on transplants and tissue harvesting. The second to recommend actions, as appropriate, to local governments and the Legislature. The third was to suggest that the Medical Examiner consider alternative means to decentralize autopsy and related functions, using the resources of County or other hospitals within the region.

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Title:

 Facilities Management Department Organizational and Development Study (Organization)

Date:

 April 1985

Pages:

 45

Summary:

  This report contains recommendations for phased-in development of the overall organizational structure that was required for the Facilities Management Department to succeed. That department had been formed through consolidation of several departments, based on Economy and Efficiency Commission recommendations. The major issues covered are affirmative action, training and development, management style, delivery of service, mission and organizational structure.

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Title:

 Mechanical Department (Organization)

Date:

 June 1982

Pages:

 14

Summary:

  The Economy and Efficiency Commission worked with the Chief Administrative Officer in monitoring the implementation of past recommendations to improve operations of the Mechanical Department. The report states that the Department is over audited and recommended that the Board cease additional audits for at least 18 months, to give the department time to plan, organize and accomplish the implementation of recommended improvements. It also recommended that the Board and department head place top priority on the effective use of current controls and management information systems, rather than on new systems development or applications of contemporary systems technology.

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Title:

 Impact of New County Formation (Organization)

Date:

 May 1978

Pages:

 53

Summary:

  The Commission's report involved AB 333, legislation which would divide the County into two or more counties, and on the various secession movements now taking place or under consideration concerning Los Angeles County. This study contains conclusions and recommendation on the issue of secession. In the second part of the report, "Challenge For The 1980'S: Can We Govern Ourselves?", the Commission evaluates legislative division of the County, consolidation proposals and other alternatives.

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Title:

 Commission Structure for the Department of Public Social Services (Organization)

Date:

 June 1976

Pages:

 13

Summary:

  The Commission report studied the citizens commissions assigned to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). Those Commissions are: the Public Social Services Commission (PSSC), the Commission to Review Public Social Services (CRPSS), and the Special General Relief Review Committee (SGRRC). The Economy and Efficiency Commission recommended that: the Board abolish the PSSC and the CRPSS, and replace them with a single Commission to be called the Commission for Public Social Service; the SGRRC be discontinued after completing its work in August, 1976; and, that County Counsel submit an ordinance amending the Administrative Code to establish new Commissions according to the Economy and Efficiency Commissions recommendations.

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Title:

 The New York City Crisis and Los Angeles County Government: Organization, Employment and Compensation (Organization)

Date:

 May 1976

Pages:

 40

Summary:

  The report proposed changes to improve the County's control of employment, compensation, and organization. It recommended that the Chief Administrative Officer be delegated the authority to hire and/or dismiss, and be responsible, subject to approval of the Board, for direct supervision of Building Services, Communications, Data Processing, Facilities, Mechanical, Personnel, and Purchasing departments; and, that a compensation review committee be established to annually review the County's compensation recommendations.

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Title:

 The New York City Crisis and Los Angeles County Government (Organization)

Date:

 January 1976

Pages:

 6

Summary:

  The Commission reviewed the factors leading to the financial crisis in New York City, and made preventative recommendations to safeguard Los Angeles County from a similar disaster. The Commission proposed to conduct a thorough and intensive study and issue a series of reports.

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Title:

 Report on the Department of Facilities (Organization)

Date:

 December 1975

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  The Board adopted and implemented the recommendations from the Commission's study, "Management of Construction Projects/Los Angeles County, Volume II", establishing a Facilities Department under one head and consolidating all major functions involved in the planning design and acquisition of County facilities. The Board subsequently requested the Commission to monitor the activities of the department. After two years of operation the department submitted its first annual report, which the Economy and Efficiency Commission reviewed. The Commission concludes that the Department has made substantial progress in two years, successfully implementing major recommendations from the Commission's report, and that $39.9 million has been saved through reprogramming or redesign of projects.

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Title:

 Report on Commissions and Committees Assigned to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) (Organization)

Date:

 November 1975

Pages:

 6

Summary:

  The Economy and Efficiency Commission, reviewed Commissions and Committees assigned to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). This report is the result of a request from DPSS to the Board to approve the extension of two staff members' contracts on the Review Commission for two more years. The Economy and Efficiency Commission recommended that the Review Commission continue for one additional year to complete its current work and that the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) and County Counsel negotiate and prepare the necessary contracts. It also recommends that, in the interim, the CAO and Economy and Efficiency Commission conduct a detailed study of the work of the DPSS Commissions to determine the most appropriate Commission structure for the DPSS.

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Title:

 Report on the Paramedic Committee (Organization)

Date:

 August 1975

Pages:

 51

Summary:

  This is the Commission's addendum report to the "Report on The Committee on Emergency Medical Care". This report examined the composition and functions of the Paramedic Committee. The report recommended: that the Board amend the ordinance to dissolve the Paramedic Committee and establish by ordinance a Paramedic Commission. Such a Commission would promote fair treatment of all sectors of the community having an interest in providing paramedic training or services, and high quality paramedic care.

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Title:

 Request to Review Recommendations for Change in the Arboreta and Botanic Gardens Ordinance (Organization)

Date:

 May 1975

Pages:

 5

Summary:

  The Commission reviewed its previous recommendations made in the report entitled, "Appointing Authority and Operating Responsibility of the Arboreta and Botanic Gardens and the Otis Art Institute". The Commission recommends that the Ordinance be revised to allow directors, but not officers, of the four voluntary citizen supporting foundations and societies to serve on the Board of Governors, and that no other changes be made.

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Title:

 Report on a Separate Auditor Department (Organization)

Date:

 April 1975

Pages:

 31

Summary:

  The Commission's final report on a separate Auditor Department makes two recommendations. The first, that the Audit Division should remain within the organization of the Auditor-Controller. The second, that the Board request the Grand Jury conduct full scale audits of the Board offices, the Chief Administrative Office, and the Auditor-Controller at least once every three years.

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Title:

 Report on the Committee on Emergency Medical Care (Organization)

Date:

 February 1975

Pages:

 39

Summary:

  The Commission's report contains final conclusions and recommendations on the role of the Committee on Emergency Care. These included a list of responsibilities, principles of operation, composition and method of appointment of members, relationship to the paramedic committee, and communications with other groups.

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Title:

 Progress Report on a Separate Auditor Department (Organization)

Date:

 December 1974

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  The Economy and Efficiency Commission presents findings in their report on the Grand Jury's recommendation that the Audit Division of the Auditor-Controller's Office be made a separate department. The Commission recommended, in light of the crossover of duties of the Auditor and Controller in state law, that changes needed to be made to the state law, County Charter, and County Ordinance. Also, additional supervisory positions needed to be created at an additional cost to the County of $150,000 annually.

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Title:

 Progress Report on Strengthening the Emergency Medical Care Committee (Organization)

Date:

 December 1974

Pages:

 8

Summary:

  This progress report lists two preliminary recommendations to strengthen the Emergency Medical Care Committee. The first recommendation is to include in the County's legislative program amendments to the Health and Safety Code provisions enabling the Emergency Medical Care Committee to act in an advisory capacity. The second recommends that the Board request individual members of each committee or commission, with a role related to the provision of emergency medical services, to support the legislation.

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Title:

 Correcting the Problems in the Present Civil Service System (Organization)

Date:

 October 1974

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  In this letter to the Board the Commission restates its recommendation to combine the Civil Service Commission with the Employee Relations Commission to insure the appropriate qualifications of those appointed. By taking this and other actions the Commission feels that problems ingrained in the present system will be corrected.

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Title:

 Report on the Business License Commission (Organization)

Date:

 October 1974

Pages:

 27

Summary:

  This is the fourth in a series of reports concerning Commission department heads. It recommends that ordinances should be amended to reflect a reduction of annual meetings from 80 to a maximum of 36. It suggests that the stipend for Commission members should be reduced from $100 per meeting to $25, the appointment of an executive officer, and, the discontinuance of the Commission's responsibilities for the inspection of hospitals and other health facilities.

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Title:

 Operation of the Museum of Natural History (Organization)

Date:

 September 1974

Pages:

 10

Summary:

  This is the third in a series of reports concerning departments. This report makes recommendations to amend the ordinance governing the operation of the Museum of Natural History and to continue the authority of the Board of Governors to appoint or discharge the Director. It also recommends that the Board of Supervisors approver the appointment or discharge of the Director; and that the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Director be redefined.

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Title:

 County Chief Executive and Size of the Board of Supervisors (Organization)

Date:

 July 1974

Pages:

 52

Summary:

  Two amendments to the County Charter were proposed by the Board that involve the size of the Board and the creation of an elected County Chief Executive. The Commission recommended in this report that the position of chief executive be established through an amendment to the County Charter. The Commission was divided on its recommendations concerning the manner of appointments by popular election, or by Board appointment. The report recommends that both means of appointment be placed on the ballot as two separate propositions for a final decision by the voters.

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Title:

 Special Investigative and Management Audit Agency (Organization)

Date:

 July 1974

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  The Commission studied a proposal by Supervisor Hays to establish a Special Investigative and Management Audit Agency within the department of the Board of Supervisors. The Commission recommends that this agency be established reporting directly to the Board. The report also recommends that the agency be empowered to investigate any area of County government upon direction of the Board or on its own initiative.

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 Appointing Authority and Operating Responsibility of the Arboreta and Botanic Gardens and the Otis Art Institute (Organization)

Date:

 June 1974

Pages:

 19

Summary:

  This is the second in a series of reports regarding Commission departments. This report deals with the Arboreta and Botanic Gardens and the Otis Art Institute. Recommendations are made to clarify authority and responsibility for each recreational facility.

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Title:

 Appointment and Supervision of the Director of Regional Planning (Organization)

Date:

 March 1974

Pages:

 10

Summary:

  The Commission studied the seven Commissions operating as the head of the department and appointment authority of the executive. The report considered Supervisor Ward's proposal to establish a department of Regional Planning under a director of Regional Planning who would be appointed by and report to the Board. This is the first of a series of reports concerning department heads and their respective Commissions.

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Title:

 Consolidated Facilities Department (Organization)

Date:

 August 1973

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This is a report of the Construction of the Projects Task Force reaffirming the previous recommendation on the organization of the consolidated Facilities Department. The Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of removing certain functions performed by the Real Estate Department from this consolidation. The Commission does not see the need to take this action. The Commission recommends that the Real Estate Department be placed within the new consolidated department.

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Title:

 Amendments to the Report on the Department of Public Administrator-Public Guardian (Organization)

Date:

 March 1972

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  The Commission responded to a Board's request for changes in the composition and role of the Policy and Management Commission. It recommends five instead of four Commissioners be selected from outside the County. The fifth Commissioner would be nominated by the State and Local Government Committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Public Administrator-Public Guardian would act as a sixth member of the Commission, but would have no vote.

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Title:

 Report on the Department of Public Administrator-Public Guardian (Organization)

Date:

 February 1972

Pages:

 7

Summary:

  At the request of the Board, the Commission submitted recommendations to establish an effective management control system that would effectively deal with departmental problems, mismanagement, waste and delays. The report recommended the establishment of a Policy and Management Commission to institute an effectively functioning department of Public Administrator-Public Guardian through the creation of proper systems, procedures, and controls.

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Title:

 Consolidation of County Departments and Centralization of Public Information Function (Organization)

Date:

 May 1971

Pages:

 20

Summary:

  The Commission responded to proposals from the Board by offering a number of recommendations. These included the following: that department heads from Mental Health, Hospitals, and the Health Departments, be consolidated under one department head; that the Marshal's Department of the Municipal Court with the Superior Court Bailiffs be consolidated; and that all Public Information and Personnel functions be incorporated into the Chief Administrative Office.

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Title:

 Consolidation of Sheriff-Marshal Bailiff and Civil Process Functions in Los Angeles County (Organization)

Date:

 September 1967

Pages:

 51

Summary:

  The Commission studied the feasibility of combining the bailiff and civil process functions of the Marshal and the Sheriff. The Commission felt there was no justification for continuing these duplicate functions, and estimates that consolidation of the two organizations would result in a net reduction of 110 positions and an annual personnel cost savings of $1,433,616. The Commission recommends that the Board take all necessary action to secure legislation to enable the County to consolidate the bailiff and civil process functions under the Sheriff.

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Title:

 Civil Service Recommendations - County Personnel Organization and Administration (Organization)

Date:

 July 1966

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  This document is the EEC Commitee memo regarding the lack of action in our previous recommendations covering the Civil Service Department and has attached a report on the consolidation of the personnel functions in County Government. The Commission addressed the problems in the Civil Service Department, which involved low morale and poor communication. The Commission recommended an implementation program for the consolidation of all personnel functions into a single agency. This could be accomplished by amending the Charter to divest the Civil Service Commission of its responsibilities for administrative direction in the Civil Service Department. Chief administrative responsibility should go to the Secretary and the Chief Examiner. The creation of an Employee Relations Division within the department should be established, and clear functions for the Civil Service Commission in these matters should be stated.

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Title:

 Organization Planning in County Government (Organization)

Date:

 May 1966

Pages:

 26

Summary:

  The Commission believes potential savings in manpower, money, and equipment could be realized in County government through effective coordination, if implemented gradually. The report addressed four areas for organizational improvements: span of control, grouping of activities-consolidation and separation, advisory boards, committees and commissions, and, delegation of authority and responsibility. The report made recommendations for improving the County's organizational structure. This included a formalized Organization Planning Function within the Chief Administrative Office to direct continuous coordination and improvement efforts.

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