Ron Shalom Galperin is an American politician and lawyer. He is City
Controller of Los Angeles, and took office on July 1, 2013.
1 Early life
2 Professional career
2.1 Neighborhood Council
2.2 Commission on Revenue Efficiency
3 Controller of Los Angeles
3.1 Open Data
3.2.1 Department of Cultural Affairs 1% for the Arts Program
3.2.2 Audit of Foreclosure Registry Program
3.2.3 Audit of Bureau of Street Services’ Resurfacing &
5 External links
He was born August 1, 1963. Galperin attended Washington University
in St. Louis for his undergraduate degree and
Loyola Law School for
his law degree (J.D.). Galperin was admitted to the State Bar of
California on December 12, 1994.
Prior to his election to the City Controller of Los Angeles, Galperin
practiced law as both a transactional and litigation attorney for over
20 years. Galperin has long promoted cutting waste and developing
programs to help businesses create jobs.
Prior to his election, Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice
for government reform. He is the first Neighborhood Council member
elected to citywide office in Los Angeles. As an officer of his
neighborhood council, he advocated for quality of life improvements
and more responsible neighborhood planning. He also developed and
taught “L.A. City Government 101” to new neighborhood council
members throughout the city and served as a council budget advocate.
Commission on Revenue Efficiency
Chairman of the
Los Angeles Commission on Revenue Efficiency,
Galperin found new revenue sources and budget savings, both of which
could be used to deliver more services to residents. He also served as
President of the City's Quality & Productivity Commission.
Controller of Los Angeles
Galperin was sworn in as
City Controller of Los Angeles
City Controller of Los Angeles of the City of
Los Angeles on July 1, 2013. As Controller, Galperin oversees a team
responsible for conducting independent audits of City departments,
managing payroll for more than 42,000 City employees, disbursing
290,000 payments to outside vendors, and preparing comprehensive
reports on the City’s finances, including its $49 billion in assets
and $28 billion in liabilities.
Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the City’s first open data
portal, in October 2013. It features more than 70 million rows of data
and hundreds of datasets and visualizations—including the City’s
checkbook, details on the goods and services the City buys, assets and
liabilities, employee compensation operating indicators and much more.
Because of these efforts, L.A. has become the No. 1 Digital City.
Government Technology Magazine recently named Controller
Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of
A hallmark of Galperin’s approach to auditing has been his
willingness to work with other elected officials to craft solutions to
Department of Cultural Affairs 1% for the Arts Program
Auditors found that $10 million collected from commercial developers
to pay for public art installations near their real estate projects
was not being spent. As a result of the audit, Council adopted a
series of measures that updated administrative guidelines for the use
of the money and mandated that the Department of Cultural Affairs
develop a plan for how to spend it.
Audit of Foreclosure Registry Program
Auditors found that a program designed by the Council to fight blight
and track foreclosures had done neither. Using a detailed blueprint
laid out by Controller Galperin, the Council is creating a modern
GeoRegistry to track troubled properties and revising fees to fund a
robust property inspection and enforcement program.
Audit of Bureau of Street Services’ Resurfacing & Maintenance
An expansive report in which auditors found that the City had missed
the opportunity to collect $190 million in street cut fees because of
shoddy cost calculations. As a result of the audit, a series of
motions was introduced to better recoup costs from street cuts,
retrofit City asphalt production facilities, and pilot new digital
One of the Controller’s priorities is to make the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power more transparent, efficient and
responsive to ratepayers. He created UtilityPanel.LA, a data portal
featuring key financial data about DWP spending and payroll. In April,
2015, the Controller’s office conducted audits of the Joint Training
Institute and Joint Safety Institute, which shed light on two trusts
administered by the management of the DWP and the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. Other audits of DWP
operations are currently in progress. Next year the Controller will
release an Industrial, Economic and Administrative Survey of the DWP,
a report that will place specific emphasis on infrastructure and
creation of performance dashboards.
^ a b "Ron Shalom Galperin - #174373". Attorney Search. The State Bar
^ Shueh, Jason (May 26, 2014). "
Los Angeles Tops U.S. City Open Data
^ Knell, Noelle (March 24, 2014). "TOP 25 DOERS, DREAMERS &
DRIVERS OF 2015". Fellow 2015 honoree, Controller Ron Galperin, made
major contributions to the city’s transparency efforts too, with his
launch of the Control Panel L.A. portal, which features user-friendly
dashboards on all things financial. Other efforts championed by
Galperin include the Civic Innovation Lab, an engagement effort aimed
at using city data to solve city problems, and the Civic Innovation
fellowship, which pairs enterprise city staff for short-term
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