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Making the L.A. County Board of Supervisors more politically partisan isn't the reform we need

Making the L.A. County Board of Supervisors more politically partisan isn't the reform we need

Almost every year, Sacramento lawmakers introduce bills to change something or other about the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and usually for good reason.

The five-person structure that works well enough in a county like, say, Sierra, with its 3,000 residents, is hopelessly inadequate to represent L.A. County’s 10 million people. Similarly, a government without an elected chief executive is odd yet workable in running a medium-sized county like Sonoma, with its $1.6 billion budget, but out of its depth in L.A. County, with its $28 billion spending plan, its 36 departments and its 100,000-person workforce. Los Angeles County is essentially a state without a governor...

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