Little Hoover Commission Releases 2017-2018 Report

  • by Heather Engel
  • Feb 8, 2019
  • Water News

The Little Hoover Commission on Feb. 7 released the 2017-2018 edition of its biennial Economy and Efficiency Report, which includes a summary of past recommendations, implementation progress during the past two years and follow-up recommendations.

In the category of Natural Resources and Water, the commission reiterates its recommendation from 2010 that California remove the State Water Project from the Department of Water Resources and state government control. It further recommends that DWR be converted into a broader-scale Department of Water Management that retains all functions of DWR, plus oversees water rights.

The 13-page report also recommends more investment in forest management, noting some recent progress, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s formation of the Forest Management Task Force in 2018.

In 2017, the commission called for improved oversight of special districts, including improved transparency. The report notes the recent enactment of SB 929 (McGuire), which requires all special districts to maintain a website to help the public understand the services available to them.

The commission recommends the state require additional transparency by requiring all special district websites to include standardized information, such as governance structure, compensation details and pertinent financial information.

Founded in 1962, the Commission is charged with assisting the Governor and Legislature in promoting economy, efficiency, and improved services in state government.

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