State and Local AEC Snapshots: Los Angeles County, California

Published: May 11, 2015

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The nation’s largest local government, Los Angeles County, Calif., recently released its proposed $26.9 billion, 2015-2016 budget. The plan includes a slight increase from the 2014-15 recommended budget of $26.1 billion (the final adopted budget was $27.1 billion). The chart below provides a breakdown of the six major funding groups listed in the budget, with health services, public protection and public assistance each accounting for about 30 percent of the overall budget. The proposed plan is now in the hands of the Board of Supervisors, which will work on revisions before a final budget is adopted by the start of the fiscal year.

The county’s highest expenditures fall to criminal justice systems and jail facilities, child welfare systems, and health care systems. The proposed budget provides funding for 106,807 full-time equivalent positions – an increase of 1,304 from the 2014-2015 budget.

A total of $99.2 million is allocated for criminal justice improvements, including inmate health, suicide prevention, and curbing excessive use of force. Also, 542 positions have been added to reduce caseloads and improve the child welfare system. Along with having the biggest increase in employees, the child protection group has $66.9 million budgeted for its programs. Further, the county set aside $22 million and 350 new health care positions to support Affordable Care Act efforts enacted in 2014.

The proposed budget also includes $726.3 million for 229 capital projects that are under development, design, and/or construction. Although there was a $109.8 million decrease from the 2014-15 adopted budget, this is due to 42 projects being completed last year. High-dollar projects include $36.5 million for a new parking structure at the Martin Luther King Jr. Ambulatory Care Center, and $33.6 million for new outpatient facilities at the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.

The chart below provides a snapshot of orders filled by the top 10 companies during the 2013-2014 timeframe. This information is helpful for vendors looking to win business in the same areas of expertise.

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