Please vote your level of satisfaction on City Services and those elected to represent your interests.

All Angelenos are encourage to rate the City’s services and what you think about elected officials and organizations, those who are supposed to work for you, at by Saturday, January 5th:

The ‘Report Card’ takes 3 to 5 minutes to complete – and while you do have to answer every question (it’s in the software), there’s a ‘No Grade/Don’t Know choice for pretty much everything after the basic demographics.

The more responses received, the more the results will be indicative of YOUR interests and views when the Budget Advocates* discuss concerns about the City’s budget and services with the Mayor, the City Council and City Departments… so please spread the word.

* The Budget Advocates are an elected, all volunteer, independent advisory body charged with making constructive recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council regarding the Budget, and to City Departments on ways to improve their operations, and with obtaining input, updating and educating all Angelenos on the City’s fiscal management.


Jay Handal


The Budget Advocate’s Los Angeles City Services 2018 Report Card

How are your City Services performing in your neighborhood?  Are you satisfied or do things need improvement?  Please take a moment to provide feedback based on your experiences below.By establishing clear benchmarks based on community feedback,  the City will be able to better align spending to remedy deficiencies.

The Budget Advocates are in the process of reviewing the department reports and recommendations that will form the basis of our 2019 White Paper and it looks like we are on track to release it early in the new year. This will mean earlier input into the City’s budget process.

Which is of considerable concern, given the CAO’s first quarter report on the City’s finances for the current fiscal year indicates year-end “over-expenditures” of almost $100 million. This does not bode well for better services for the neighborhoods and the Budget Advocates will be addressing this in the White Paper.

(link to the report at the bottom)

Please encourage all board members and stakeholders to take our survey on rating the City and its services. Their responses will be used to support what the City’ budget priorities should be.

You should have received a link already –
and we would appreciate it if you would promote it in your newsletters and on your website through to the 5th of January, the last day that responses will be accepted. For people without internet access, remind them they can use computers at public libraries.
Feel free to give my e-mail out for stakeholders and board members to contact me with any questions. And, as always, thanks for your support.

Liz Amsden


The CAO’s full report can be downloaded from the City Clerk’s website (it’s a 105 page searchable pdf). Click on the link below and then on the pdf icon to the right of the ‘October 10/26/2018 City Administrative Officer document(s) referred to Budget and Finance Committee’ line. Depending on people’s internet connection, etc., this may take a few minutes as it weighs in at over 130 MB.

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates (NCBA) advise the Mayor and City Council on the City’s Budget.