For Immediate Release: October 28, 2022
LOS ANGELES -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Councilmember Nithya Raman’s motion to convene a new Ad Hoc Council Committee on City Governance Reform. The Committee will engage with proposals aimed at increasing transparency and limiting corruption on the Council, including amendments to the City’s Charter to implement those reforms.
“The leaked tapes have revealed to the broader public just how broken the redistricting process is in Los Angeles. This, along with recent FBI indictments, have rightly shattered Angelenos’ faith in their government,” said Councilmember Raman. “Establishing a separate committee that is explicitly focused on governance reform and charged with making real, concrete changes to our governing structures will help to rebuild trust between the Council and the constituents that elected us.”
Proposals to increase accountability at the City have long been circulating, but few have come to fruition. The new Ad Hoc Committee will be charged with closely engaging with these proposals, which may include increasing the number of Council seats, reforming City rules concerning lobbyists, and establishing a truly independent redistricting commission, and unexplored reforms such as removing City Councilmembers’ direct discretionary power over land use decisions in their districts.