A Budget that Addresses Our Top Priorities

Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Los Angeles County’s 2019-2020 Proposed Budget 

“I want to commend the Chief Executive Officer and her staff for their work in recommending a balanced and prudent budget that addresses the major priorities  identified by the Board of Supervisors over the past year.

“While there has been some modest improvement in our locally-generated revenues, it simply is not enough to fund all of the priorities that we have identified to date. It is safe to say that one of the top concerns on the hearts and minds of this Board, and of the people of Los Angeles, is to address the crisis of homelessness.

“Beginning on July 1st, we plan to invest more than ever to confront homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. We recognize, however, that broader economic forces are at work – higher rents and lower incomes.

“Since the homelessness and affordable housing crises are, at their core, an economic problem, the County is also working to invest in the bioscience industry and the creative economy as a method of strengthening communities, increasing individual incomes, and ultimately boosting the resilience of the regional economy.

“While I commend the CEO and her staff for the balanced budget, I know that collectively we have much more work to do to adopt a final budget and identify ongoing funding for the deepening crisis.”

Second District Equipment Request Guidelines and Procedures


The Second District continuously receives requests to provide tables, chairs, canopies, and various other equipment for special events hosted by community-based organizations, elected officials, and County departments. The purpose of these guidelines is to facilitate the process for requesting equipment and provide an understanding of the review process for each request.

Groups that wish to receive equipment from the Second District must submit an online application and agree to comply with the Guidelines and other restrictions on the use of public funds.

The equipment provided is the property of the County of Los Angeles Internal Services Department (ISD) and must be returned. The Second District budget is billed for the use and set-up of this equipment. Equipment that is not owned by ISD must be rented by the County and typically results in a higher cost to the Second District for use and set-up.

Due to the volume of requests received, the Second District cannot accommodate all requests for equipment. Each submission, however, will be given careful and due consideration, and a follow-up response will be provided within 10 days of receipt of the online submission.



  • Equipment is provided as a courtesy of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to support organizations within the Second Supervisorial District.
  • Requests for equipment must be submitted to the office at least 10 weeks in advance of the date that the equipment is needed.
  • Equipment is only provided to non-sectarian, Internal Revenue Code 501 ( c) non-profit organizations within the Second District.
  • Equipment will only be approved once per year per organization.
  • Equipment requested for an individual or private event will not be considered.
  • Equipment requested by a private school or faith-based organization will not be considered.
  • Equipment cannot be used at an event promoting a particular religion or religious belief.



Process for Review:

Upon receipt of the request:


  1. An email confirmation will be sent.
  2. The organization will be contacted within 10 days of receipt of the request. If you do not receive confirmation, please call Cathey Hunter at 213-974-2222.
  3. Second District staff will request that ISD provide a cost estimate for the equipment.
  4. The request and cost estimate will be reviewed and the requestor will be notified of approval or denial.
  5. Due to the high volume of requests, the Supervisor’s office may not be able to accommodate your request even if the criteria outlined are met.
  6. The Supervisor’s office reserves the right to decline any request for equipment.


 *Please Note: This is not the appropriate method to invite the Supervisor to your event. To invite the Supervisor, please use this CONTACT form.


Equipment Request Form


Budget PieOn Tuesday, April 19, 2011, the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) Recommended Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2011-12. The Recommended Budget of $23.303B represents a decrease of $941.8M, or 3.9% from the FY 2010-11 Final Adopted Budget, and includes a reduction of 257 budgeted positions from the 101,296 in the current budget. Although the Recommended Budget includes reductions in programs and budgeted positions the County will continue its provision of the most critical services and avoid layoffs for the fourth year in a row.

The budget addresses a $220.9M ongoing net County cost budget gap, the major components of which are programs and operations funded with one-time funds in FY 2010-11 ($262.0M), expiration of Federal Stimulus funding ($63.9M), unavoidable cost increases ($89.0M) in such areas as pensions and health insurance, and public assistance caseload changes in General Relief ($32.7M). These cost increases are offset by anticipated increases in property tax, sales tax, and various other revenues ($78.0M), the retirement of pension obligation bonds ($106.6M), and savings negotiated between labor and management ($42.1M). The combination of these costs and offsets create a total budget gap of $220.9M for FY 2011-12.

The budget gap was addressed with a combination of ongoing curtailments ($35.7M) and one-time bridge funding ($185.2M). FY 2011-12 will be the fourth consecutive year of departmental budget curtailments with departments averaging a 17% reduction over this period, and some departments sustaining reductions in excess of 30%. The CEO’s FY 2011-12 Recommended Budget clearly includes a combination of strategic curtailments and efficiencies to avoid layoffs and utilization of one-time reserves, all while maintaining public safety and other core County operations.

The Assessor is preliminarily forecasting an increase of .7%, or $27.9M, in assessed property valuation for FY 2011-12. A final assessment roll forecast is expected in July 2011. The CEO is also estimating a 5.0% increase in sales tax revenue based on a survey of local economic forecasts and a 3.0% increase in Vehicle License Fees (VLF) from the current year estimate.

It is important to note that the CEO’s Recommended Budget does not include impacts to the County as a result of significant curtailments that will undoubtedly be implemented by the State and Federal governments. To view the CEO’s preliminary assessment of the impact to the County of the Governor’s Proposed FY 2011-12 Budget click here.

Public hearings on the Proposed Budget will begin Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The final budget was presented to the Board for approval on June 20, 2011.


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