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Los Angeles City Council Committee Advances Charter Reform Proposals | News

LOS ANGELES – After more than five hours of deliberation, a Los Angeles City Council committee on Monday presented several proposals aimed at improving the city’s charter.

On Monday, the Ad Hoc Committee on City Governance approved recommendations submitted by the departments of planning, personnel, recreation and parks, airports, water and energy, among others.

While some of these recommendations will be presented to the City Council at a future date to be finalized and placed on the November ballot, others are expected to be discussed by the new Charter Reform Commission once it is established.

The City Attorney’s Office is drafting a measure for the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would create a Charter Reform Commission, which would periodically review and update aspects of the City Charter.

According to Council President Paul Krekorian, most of the suggestions were technical changes or updated guidelines, and other ideas would need to be developed.

One proposal was for the city to move to a two-year budget process instead of a one-year process.

A two-year budget would reduce the challenges of the new election cycle with the new mayor taking office in December and the budget scheduled for April 20. It would also allow time to analyze the results of the first year’s spending in the second year.

There are concerns that moving to a two-year budget cycle could exacerbate fiscal risks by locking spending decisions for a longer period without sufficient evaluation, and could also limit contributions from newly elected officials for up to a year after assume the position.

Another proposal would increase the 13:1 area ratio for downtown Los Angeles that typically affects the Bunker Hill, Financial Core and South Park areas. Planning staff explained that the limitation seems “arbitrary” in a context where skyscraper construction is supported.

There was general agreement among council members to move forward, but due to concerns about how this could affect the environment, it will be taken up by the Charter Reform Commission.

The City Attorney’s Office proposed amending the statute so that no elected official or their position, other than the Ethics Commission, would have the power to subpoena another elected official or their position.

Under the City Charter, the mayor, city comptroller, treasurer, zoning administrator, City Council and each charter board have the power to review and issue citations, so the change would prevent These entities investigate each other.

The recommendation will also be sent to the Charter Reform Commission.

Some of the proposals that the committee advanced with little discussion involved changes to the way employees are hired, specifically to the scoring of potential candidates on the civil service test. Another proposal presented to the council would give the city more flexibility with contracts.