Wednesday, May 25, 2011
City Planning Associate
Community Planning and Policy Section
Department of City Planning | www.planning.lacity.org | 213.978.1198
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
ExpEcTaTIOns & MaRkET REaLITIEs In REaL EsTaTE 2011 :: BALANCING RISK AND RETURN IN AN ERA OF UNCERTAINTY
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Dear AIA|LA POC: as an FYI. -Will Wright
BizFed Board Leaders,
While we applaud part of Gov. Brown’s May revise which included a proposal to eliminate 5,500 state workers and 43 state boards and commissions – with “more to come” – there is MUCH more that needs to be done toward streamlining CA government.
Attached and below is research compiled by BizFed that will add to the timely discussion at next Tuesday’s full BizFed Board meeting as the Board reviews the Advocacy Committee’s priority recommendations for the Governor and legislature during budget talks which includes eliminating wasteful and unnecessary layers of governmental oversight created by too many agencies, boards and commissions.
Feel free to pass along the intelligence. This issue is finally picking up some speed with the public and our elected officials. It’s time to capitalize on the potential to achieve some disciplined cost cutting in this area.
1. CA GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Several dozen CA departments are grouped together into agencies to reduce the number of people who report directly to the Governor. Within each department are a plethora of divisions, branches, staffed-programs, and offices. Because of the vast size of CA government – serving 30+ million residents - it is difficult to get an exact count of the number of agencies – but estimates put it at over 500.
· Many lists of CA agencies are circulating on the Internet but attached is the VERY LATEST alphabetical list of CA state departments and agencies compiled by BizFed as listed by the state at www.ca.gov.
· ALSO attached is a 24-page listing of more than 200 CA agencies and boards (including contact information and descriptions) compiled by the Secretary of State’s Office.
2. CA BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Within the executive branch of state government, there are more than 300 boards, commissions, panels, task forces, committees and other appointed bodies. These entities are so scattered and numerous that arriving at a firm number is nearly impossible.
THIS IS NOT A NEW REVELATION: in 2004, then-Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review issued a report that reviewed the 339 boards and commissions in CA. Highlights from that report:
· In 1958 there were 128, according to a report of the Senate Interim Committee on Governmental Organization. By 2004 the number had risen to over 300.
· Generally, boards have part-time citizen appointees and commissions have full-time appointees with expertise in the work at hand. A few California boards and commissions derive their authority from the state constitution, but most are created by statute.
· Some are advisory to the governor or other constitutional officers, or to the legislature, and others have true policy making and regulatory powers. The governor makes most appointments to boards and commissions, but legislative leaders also make appointments to some.
· Plan recommended elimination of approximately 100 boards and commissions and was submitted to the Little Hoover Commission in January 2005.
· Faced with widespread opposition, the governor withdrew the plan the following month.
Hope to see you next week to discuss this further!
Reminder: FULL BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, 5/24/11, 12:00pm–1:30pm (11:45 for in person lunch)
Port of Long Beach: 925 Harbor Plaza (Board Room), Long Beach, CA 90802
OR call in to 1.800.977.8002 pass code 77252989#
Chair: Mark Wilbur, Employers Group
Tracy Rafter, CEO
BizFed, Los Angeles County Business Federation
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
The proposed City of Los Angeles budget is getting ready for passage.
Please see page 17 which projects a $1.1 + billion dollar short fall during the next four years.
Who knowingly passes a budget with this kind of deficit?
Please contact your local City representatives and forward this email to your clients and colleagues to help pressure council to be responsible.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Office of Youth is excited to tell you about a great opportunity that will be not only fun and interactive, but will be all about the outdoors and take place in some of the most beautiful places in the country.
Are you between 18 and 26 years of age? Do you want to be part of a youth-led movement that is working to champion outdoor issues on campuses and in communities across the country? Do you have an idea around connecting your peers with the outdoors that you would like to see brought to life with grant funding? Are you looking for a way to become a better leader and decision maker? If the answer to any of these questions is YES than you should check out an Outdoor Nation Regional Summit near you!
This summer, young people just like you from across the country will come together to build on what they started last year – a youth-led Outdoor Nation! During the 3-day Regional Summits, young people will connect with each other, identify top outdoor issues, brainstorm solutions and get resources to bring those ideas to life. Choose the location nearest to you so that you can help spread the Outdoor Nation movement back in your local community:
· NYC – June 24–26
· Atlanta – July 8–10
· Minneapolis – July 15–17
· Denver – July 22–24
· San Francisco — July 29–31
Each summit will include a Summer Fun Day, an afternoon that will include a robust range of recreation and entertainment activities. You will get the chance to participate in traditional recreation activities like kayaking, fishing, climbing, hiking, and biking, and other activities like outdoor music, birding, wildlife programs, art, and theater. Check out www.OutdoorNation.org and the attached documents for more information on the regional summit series, how to apply, and other cool opportunities available through Outdoor Nation. Please forward to youth you know who may be interested!
Grant Opportunities Available through the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council:
Northern and Central California nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to fund programs focused on getting youth outdoors.
Catalyst Fund Round 2 - Accelerating Efforts to Introduce Youth to Outdoor Experiences
Program funding up to $15,000
Application deadline is Friday, June 3, 2011
The Catalyst Fund supports organizations that connect underserved youth with outdoor experiences within or near their communities. This round of funding is only open to organizations whose annual operating budgets are under $250,000.
Impact Fund Round 2 - Sparking Innovation and Lowering Barriers
Program funding from $15,000 to $50,000
Application deadline is Friday, June 10, 2011
Thanks and hope your summer is off to a great start!!
Youth in the Great Outdoors
Office of the Secretary | Department of the Interior