Rebuilding Trust in Our Government

However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good.One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials.
Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of "all benefits" retroactive.
While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.

Compiled by: YJ Draiman

The challenge of Los Angeles government

The challenge of Los Angeles government has been to build and sustain a city government that will be efficient, effective, and responsive. In 1999,
Los Angeles voters passed a new city charter that increased the authority of the mayor and created new institutions to enhance public participation.
The new charter has moved Los Angeles forward in the direction of greater participation.
The city is consolidating and absorbing these major changes.
But further progress is likely to be needed both within the halls of city government and within the community.
The struggle to build the best possible governance structure for Los Angeles will continue well into the 21st century.
What are the loose ends? What are the reform ideas of tomorrow?
An effective democracy depends on a well-designed governance system and a well-informed and engaged citizenry. The political culture of Los Angeles is one of limited political interest, and there are no political
party organizations to mobilize voters. Neighborhoods are hard to define and boundaries are fuzzy. With some notable exceptions, the media provides relatively little attention to local public affairs.
How can participation be increased and how can the connection between residents and their city
government be enhanced?
YJ Draiman