L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, plans for scrutinizing management of city departments, report, "Garcetti to closely scrutinize DWP, fire, technology departments"....
* Los Angeles Times: "Garcetti to closely scrutinze DWP, fire, technology departments" - From the LAT:
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti on Friday called out three key areas of city operations that will get close scrutiny after he takes office July 1, saying each may need changes either in management or operations.
Garcetti cited the Department of Water and Power, the Fire Department and the city's disparate information technology units as being high on his list for review, starting with potential changes at the top. He also named the Library Department but added that problems there might be more a function of budget cuts than ineffective operations.
His comments came during a talk with the Los Angeles Times editorial board and in response to a question about which departments he viewed as needing a "change agent" to lead them forward.
During the campaign, Garcetti repeatedly said he would ask the city's general managers, roughly 30 in total, to reapply for their jobs. On Friday, he said it would take a "minimum" of two months to complete his review of top agency executives after he takes office.
Managers who are performing well shouldn't worry, Garcetti said. But he will be demanding measurable goals from department leaders so he can judge their performance going forward, he said. "I don’t know right now how to judge our general managers, except a couple, because we never have them say what they are going to be accomplishing,'' he said..........