Our Platform Effective Ensure that City Government and its departments are operating effectively and efficiently on the City’s behalf by performing results-driven financial and performance audits. These audits will aim to find out if the City and its departments are using resources effectively and efficiently on behalf of the people of Los Angeles. We also want to ensure that wasteful spending is identified, shared to the public, and is eliminated so that funds can be redirected elsewhere. Transparent Ensure ALL financial data is made available to the public – from the purchase of food for a City event to the purchase of a helicopter for the Los Angeles Police Department. Transparency is key to getting people to trust City government to collect and spend money in the best interests of the people of L.A. Far too often, the public is not aware of how the City collects funds, how much, and how those funds are allocated and spent. Timely It is crucial that financial data especially relating to budgets, payroll, and accounting of all financial records is made available to the public in a timely manner. The people of L.A. need to have financial information readily available in order to effectively advocate on behalf of their own best interests when they talk to their City Council Members, the Mayor, and other policymakers. Accountable Ensure all City departments’ financial data are recorded and accounted for correctly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). the people of Los Angeles must be able to trust that our finances are accounted for and presented correctly. In addition, ensure the City government and its departments are held accountable for all decisions they make which have financial impacts. People-Friendly Ensure that all financial data on the City of Los Angeles is easily accessible and easy to understand so that the people of L.A. can go on our website and access financial information without getting confused or going through hurdles to get the data they need. Far too often, when it comes to financial information of city governments, there are hundreds of thousands of rows of financial data that can be difficult to decipher or understand. Our goal is to eliminate that and make financial data easily accessible and people-friendly. Educational Use the Office of City Controller to hold free weekly classes teaching the people of L.A. how to navigate the Controller’s website, especially when it relates to finding financial data, downloading that data in an effective way (since data is very large), and how to read that financial data to help with better decision making. Some other educational activities would be teaching people how to use Excel, learning financial terms, and doing Q&A sessions from the public about anything related to the finances of the City.