December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays! A Year in Review

With the Holidays upon us, I am reflecting on the incredible work this office has accomplished. We released a dozen audits and several award-winning data panels. We also hosted the first ever Iron Viz—connecting the public with government in new and innovative ways. 

As I contemplate what lies ahead in 2017, I am thankful to be able to continue to serve the communities of Los Angeles. I continue to be committed to our values and beliefs for an open, transparent, and fiscally responsible government. My office will be hard at work in bringing solutions to address our housing crisis, bring additional measures to safeguard taxpayer funds, and create additional revenue generating opportunities. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season! 

Highlights from 2016


My office released PropertyPanel.LA, the most comprehensive map ever produced of properties owned by the City of Los Angeles, and issued a call for L.A. to appoint a Chief Asset Manager to oversee its extensive portfolio of real estate holdings.

Our goal in releasing the information is to enable the City to capitalize on its real estate holdings, which include police and fire stations, pools and parks—but also a wide-ranging collection of commercial, residential and industrial buildings, as well as vacant land.

Read Controller Galperin’s letter to the Mayor and the City Council here.

Domestic Violence has No Place Here 

The audit conducted by my office on the City's domestic violence programs showed that the City was not doing enough for the victims of this heinous crime—and more investment in resources was one way we could do better.

This year the City adopted many of our recommendations—and increased the number of response teams in the LAPD and significantly increased spending on programs like shelters for the victims of abuse. 

In addition, we partnered with Mayor Garcetti to launch a campaign to let victims know how to get help. Click here to view the new ads. 

LAX Interactive Dashboard

Our online LAX data tool "Ready for Takeoff" continues to win awards, including the Outstanding IT Project Award from GovernmentTechnology magazine. With real-time noise level tracking, airplane emissions and flight delay data, and traffic and airport spending charts, Ready for Takeoff is a valuable tool for all Angelenos. 

Click here to access Ready for Takeoff.

Prop O: Good Projects but a Poor Financial Practice

Our audit of Prop O—the 2004 measure that financed stormwater system improvements—revealed that while the City has done a commendable job implementing clean water projects, the City also spent $6.8 million on unnecessary interest payments over five years on its bonds. Working with the CAO, we issued a letter to change the process on how bonds are issued, saving the taxpayers money long-term. 

Read the letter here

Looking Ahead to 2017

The Affordable Housing Crisis

A decade ago, the State Legislature created the density bonus program—a zoning tool that permits developers to build more housing units, taller buildings, or more floor space than normally allowed, in exchange for provision of a defined public benefit, such as a specified number or percentage of affordable units included in the development.

As many groups look at how to maximize the use of our density bonus program, my office will be providing useful data to add to this conversation.

Ensuring Safe Rental Housing

My office is undergoing an audit of the Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP)The purpose of SCEP and the complaint inspection program is to verify compliance with the standards set forth in the applicable building and housing codes. The SCEP and complaint inspection programs aim to maintain the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of the City. 

Our audit will assess the effectiveness of the program overall and review both financial and programmatic processes. I look forward to releasing the findings in the coming months.

What's at the Zoo?

My office is currently evaluating the governance structure at the L.A. Zoo and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), the nonprofit corporation created to support and fund the Zoo's programs. My team will have recommendations on how to improve the services and finances of this great City asset.

Improving Park Space

We are continuing our survey of City parks and evaluating the conditions, amenities and overall usefulness to the community. Our goal is to make recommendations that will help guide the Dept. of Recreation and Parks in allocating resources in order to better meet the community's needs. We are in the midst of data gathering and our L.A. parks score card will be ready in early 2017.

The Controller's Financial Planning Program

75% of adults agree that they could benefit from a financial professional's advice and answers to every day questions. With that in mind, I will continue to host community workshops across the City to empower Angelenos with financial planning tools and resources.  

Save the date—the next financial planning workshop will be held on January 25, 2017 from 6-7PM at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Library

For those of you who may have overspent on the holidays, this workshop is for you!

Grateful for my staff

The holidays are an opportunity to say thank you to the many men and women who serve in my office. Congratulations to those receiving awards this year, and to the many who reached milestones in their years of City service.

Commitment to Excellence Employee Awards
Paul Alberga
Grace Gang
Jose Gatchalian
Rose Langsangan
Saran Phuangchoey
Daniel Quach
Donna Williams

Ten years of service
Dingding Chen
Chengni (Jenny) Chuang
Khoa Doan
Albert Lee
Angela Lee
Tae Hoon Lee
Armenuhi Oganesian
Claudette Tolentino
Nghia Tran
Yuchen Wu

Fifteen years of service
Matthew Crawford
Marie De Los Reyes
Necitas Florendo
Charlene Lee
Robert Odulio
Brad Olison
Jemmie Tam
Louella Ubaldo

Twenty years of service
Elizabeth Lee
Ricardo Munoz
Amy Robles

Twenty five years of service
Frieda Huang

Thirty years of service
Ernesto Solda
Susan Yi

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