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Title:

 Review of the Relationship between Los Angeles County and State Government (Policy)

Date:

 February 1997

Pages:

 56

Summary:

  This study undertook an analysis of the recommendations of the California Constitutional Revision Commission (CCRC) that relate to the state-local government relationship. In its study, the EEC reviewed these recommendations in detail and develops a framework within which Los Angeles County can best pursue a course of action to improve its relationship with State Government. Through a consensus building process within the greater metropolitan Los Angeles community, local government can become a meaningful force in the restructuring and realignment of governmental relationships.

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Title:

 Public Access to Decision Making - Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Policy)

Date:

 July 1992

Pages:

 37

Summary:

  This report was designed to improve the ability of the citizens of Los Angeles County to understand and access the workings of County government. Recommendations address concerns such as, the inadequate notice of the issues to be considered by the Board, the difficulty in understanding the proceedings and clarifying decisions that have been made at Board meetings. The report concludes that the Board staff fulfills the present legal access requirements but that these requirements are not sufficient to ensure the public's ready access to government's decision making.

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 Independent Counsel Opinion on the Inclusion of Certain Items of Remuneration in Pensionable Compensation (Policy)

Date:

 July 1992

Pages:

 39

Summary:

  This is a transmittal of a legal opinion obtained by the Economy and Efficiency Commission concerning the question of what constitutes compensation for retirement purposes, as well as the same issue within SB 193.


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Title:

 Civil Disturbance (Policy)

Date:

 May 1992

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  A letter to the Board recommended actions that the Board can take, in terms of government operations, to deal with the root causes of the civil disturbances and to ensure that an outbreak of violence does not recur.

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Title:

 Challenge for the 1980's: Can We Govern Ourselves? (Policy)

Date:

 January 1979

Pages:

 135

Summary:

  This report is an expansion of the Commission's previous study, Impact of New County Formation. This report expanded the analysis in a number of areas and modified conclusions previously made. The study is divided into four major sections: the current system of governments (in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the problems which the present structure creates), alternative solutions (the procedures involved in changing the present structure, the parties involved in making changes), the proposed structure, and Commission recommendations. The Commission proposed a federated system of government consisting of community based city governments to provide local government services and regional government to address area-wide problems. This proposal would also provide consolidated services to cities upon request.

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Title:

 Recommendations on the Prevailing Wage Clause and the Automatic Salary Step Increase Plan (Policy)

Date:

 February 1977

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter recommended that the Board of Supervisors place a charter amendment on the ballot to delete the prevailing wage clause. It further recommended that the Board adopt a firm management objective to eliminate the County's automatic step increase plan. The Commission had called for the deletion of the prevailing wage clause since 1973.

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Title:

 Formation of Canyon County (Policy)

Date:

 October 1976

Pages:

 23

Summary:

  This report examined Proposition "F" which was on the November 1976 ballot. The measure proposed a triangular section in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County secede and form a new county called Canyon County. The report discussed the impact on residents of the proposed Canyon County, as well as Los Angeles County, the region, and the necessary correction to State law.

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Title:

 Filling Vacant Elective Offices in Los Angeles County (Policy)

Date:

 November 1975

Pages:

 42

Summary:

  The Commission reported on the advisability of revising the County Charter to provide for special elections when vacancies occur in County elective offices. In addition, it reported on the cost of special elections, scheduling special elections relative to regular elections, and the legal steps necessary to amend the charter at the earliest possible time. The Commission recommended that the Board make the following amendments to section 8 (Board vacancies): "The Board shall fill vacancies and the appointee holds office until the election of a successor. If the Board fails to make an appointment in 60 days, then the Governor shall fill the vacancy" and amend Section 16 (County-wide offices) to "whenever a vacancy occurs in an elective office, the Board shall fill the vacancy until a successor is elected."

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Title:

 Establishment of Commissions and Committees in Los Angeles County Government (Policy)

Date:

 June 1975

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  The Commission recommended that the Board instruct the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to adopt a procedure that would apply whenever the Board initiates action to establish a new Commission or Committee. The CAO should prepare a report and recommendations that would include: an analysis of whether the new Commission is needed; whether it will duplicate the work of other Commissions; and, lists in detail the provisions to be incorporated in the ordinance establishing the Commission. The report also includes models of a recommended ordinance and internal operating procedures for the Economy & Efficiency Commission.

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Title:

 Recommendations on the Authority of the Employee Relations Commission (Policy)

Date:

 April 1975

Pages:

 5

Summary:

  This letter to the Board resulted from a ruling by Judge Norman R. Dowds of the Superior Court on March 18, 1975. The ruling stated that the orders of the Employee Relations Commission are to be treated as advisory only. This makes the operation essentially meaningless, and renders the County's bargaining system inoperable or at least seriously impaired. In light of this ruling, the Commission made two recommendations to the Board: to instruct County management to comply with Employee Relations Committee orders, unless otherwise directed by the Board; and, that the Board amend the Employee Relations ordinance to include additional language stating that orders shall have the force and effect of law.

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Title:

 Commission and Committee Compensation in Los Angeles County Government (Policy)

Date:

 November 1974

Pages:

 19

Summary:

  This report recommended a general ordinance covering the establishment of commissions and committees, screening and appointment of commission members, stipends and expenses, meeting attendance, reporting and budgeting. The conclusion was that the County does not have consistent policies regarding stipends or expenses. A policy should be adopted providing that large stipends should be paid where professional skills are employed or where service is more than half time, and that all commission and committee members should be entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including mileage.

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Title:

 Appointment of County Department Heads (Policy)

Date:

 January 1974

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This is a letter explaining the concern of the Commission over the morale of county managers as a result of the observation that 5 out of 6 appointments to county leadership positions were to made to candidates from outside the County. The Commission emphasized that the Board of Supervisors should act to dispel the notion that outsiders will be given favorable consideration for top level positions and to make it clear that those county managers who are qualified will be considered as principle candidates for promotion to leadership positions.

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Title:

 Civil Service and Collective Bargaining in Los Angeles County Government (Policy)

Date:

 December 1973

Pages:

 135

Summary:

  The Commission studied the duplication and conflict between the civil service system and the County's established collective bargaining system. The Commission conducted a comprehensive analysis of the entire employer-employee relations system, and presented six recommendations for effective and economic resolutions to problems and conflicts.

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Title:

 Request that the California State Assembly Conduct an Interim Committee Study Regarding Assembly Bill 1480 -- Sheriff-Marshal Consolidation (Policy)

Date:

 August 1973

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  In this letter the Commission requests that the California State Assembly Conduct an Interim Committee Study Regarding Assembly Bill 1480. It supports the consolidation of the Marshall and the Sheriff as being in the best interest of Los Angeles County.

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Title:

 Employee Relations and Salary Determination in Los Angeles County (Policy)

Date:

 July 1971

Pages:

 16

Summary:

  The Commission reviewed the major elements involved in administering employee relations and determining salaries in Los Angeles County Government. The purpose of this report was to discuss problem areas rather than to draw conclusions. No recommendations were presented in this report.

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Title:

 Executive Compensation in Los Angeles County Government (Policy)

Date:

 May 1968

Pages:

 26

Summary:

  The Commission evaluated a management consultant's Executive Compensation Study. This report includes supplementary data covering salaries for comparable jobs in both private and public agencies, and a specific review of the salaries paid by comparable government agencies in California.

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Title:

 Executive Compensation Study Evaluation (Policy)

Date:

 February 1968

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Board questioned various sections of a management consultant firms's Executive Compensation Study , and requested the Commission to re-evaluate the report and offer its recommendations. The Commission responded with a letter stating that a thorough study would be conducted and completed within a few months.

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Title:

 Executive Compensation Study (Policy)

Date:

 April 1967

Pages:

 87

Summary:

  This is a report issued by a management consulting firm concerning executive compensation and development. It made recommendations for an on-going salary administration plan. An eight page letter from the Commission, dated April 5, 1967, outlined the objective of developing a systematic and logical compensation plan that the Board could use in determining executive salaries.

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Title:

 Recommended Board Action on County Compensation Policies and Practices Report (Policy)

Date:

 November 1966

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  The Commission submitted a letter to the Board outlining the recommendations mentioned in the study, County Compensation Policies and Practices. The recommendations are supported by the Secretary, the Chief Examiner, and the Chief Administrative Officer.

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Title:

 County Compensation Policies and Practices (Policy)

Date:

 August 1966

Pages:

 21

Summary:

  The Commission organized a Special Industry Committee with representatives from a cross section of Los Angeles business and industry to conduct an in-depth joint salary survey and study the County's compensation practices. The Commission reviewed the committee's findings and recommended that the Board employ a management consultant firm to develop additional recommendations for more effective procedures in determining pay scales for jobs peculiar to government service.

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Title:

 Validity of the Joint Salary Survey of March 1, 1965 (Policy)

Date:

 June 1965

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  The Commission studied the "Wage and Salary Survey" which was prepared jointly by the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the City Schools of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles City Housing Authority. The survey presented a summary of private industry wages to serve as a guide in determining 1965 County salary levels. Changes were recommended in the classification of the private industry data to accurately reflect the County personnel structure and to advise the Board to conduct a more in-depth study.

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