Mayor Villaraigosa wants to get government out of the boardrooms and back to the street

Editorial: Tired of City Hall scandals? This is the moment to reform Los Angeles city government

“I want all our offices to act like the little agencies we used to have.” — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on how he’s going to reform the city’s bureaucracy, from the L.A. Times report.

From the report in the Saturday Times:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is moving to get government out of the boardrooms and back to the street. The biggest hurdle, he said in a speech last week in Culver City, is a “broken” city bureaucracy.

Mayor Villaraigosa: The mayor wants to get government out of the boardrooms and back to the street. The mayor wants to get government out of the boardrooms and back to the street.

He’s said he wants to get government out of the boardrooms by closing down the Department of Water and Power, which is currently the government body responsible for managing the city’s water. He said he also wants to get government out of the boardrooms by getting rid of the Department of Water and Power’s top official, Deputy Director Bob Stern.

“Why are we putting such an enormous bureaucracy in the very first place? That’s a big issue. We are putting an enormous bureaucracy in the first place,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

The biggest problem — city government has expanded to the point where it’s almost everywhere — has become the public works department, which handles everything from street maintenance and trash to trash pickup and recycling. It’s in charge of the city’s streetscape, and it’s in charge of maintaining and repairing the city’s buildings, which means it’s in charge of the city’s buildings, which is probably the most valuable asset Los Angeles has. It’s in charge of keeping the city’s streets and its buildings in order, and, in the case of streets, the city’s sidewalks. It’s responsible for keeping the city’s water clean, supplying it on a regular basis and, in the case of water, ensuring it’s not polluted.

The Department of Water and Power, which is currently responsible for the city’s water, may

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