Meeting the Challenge of Charter Reform
Charter reform has become a major issue in the City of Los Angeles. The last comprehensive revision of the city's charter took place in 1925 and since then the charter has been amended over 530 times. The result, many would argue, is a charter that is unwieldy and difficult to understand. Both the mayor and the city council have sponsored separate reform commissions to review the current charter and make recommendations for comprehensive reform. In June 1997, the Los Angeles Business Advisors (a group of major businesses operating in the city) asked RAND to analyze the reform process and to identify and describe the key reform issues and options. This report reviews the history of prior reform efforts, how the city has changed since 1925, and how Los Angeles' governance structure compares with other cities. It then discusses the major governance problems facing the city in the areas of policymaking, management, and service delivery. Although the report is more descriptive than prescriptive, it concludes that today's charter has become an operations manual that does not suit today's municipal environment. The report recommends instead a charter that enunciates a set of general organizing principles.
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- Document Number: MR-961-LABA
- Year: 1998
- Series: Monograph Reports
Background on Current Charter Reform Effort
History of Charter Reform
Future Policy Environment
Key Reform Issues
Los Angeles' Governance System: Organization and Services
History of Los Angeles' Charter Reform
Comparing Los Angeles' Governance System with Those of Other Cities
Findings from Interviews
List of Major Issues and Options
Summary of Survey Responses
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