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California might create a powerful new position: County executive of LA




KPCC's Larry Mantle moderated a debate among candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors district 5 seat.
KPCC's Larry Mantle moderated a debate among candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors district 5 seat.
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Last week, nine CA lawmakers introduced a bill that would change the composition of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors by increasing the members from 5 to 7 and creating an elected executive position.

According to lead author and State Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), an expanded board would mean improved diversity and representation. This change would create a competitive seat for an Asian American candidate and two competitive seats for Latinos.

The elected county executive would serve two six-year terms and would serve as a leader for the currently committee-style run Board.

Larry Mantle sits down with former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of these proposed changes, as well as the past and future of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Guest:

Zev Yaroslavsky, former Los Angeles County Supervisor, and is now affiliated with the UCLA’s history department, and the Luskin School of Public Affairs; he tweets @ZevYaroslavsky