Today’s city administrators face many challenges; increasing expectations of citizens, constant pressure for growth and development, and evolving regulatory requirements stretch city staff and budgets to the limit. City officials are constantly challenged to balance cost-effective service delivery today with needed investments for the future. This is certainly the case in Public Works administration where advances in engineering and technology provide opportunities to reduce costs and improve service levels in functions as diverse as street maintenance, traffic design, and building and safety services.
The existence of similar pressures 50 years ago led State legislators to establish a regional mechanism enabling cities in Los Angeles County to contract with the County for certain municipal services. Today, nearly all 88 cities in Los Angeles County contract with Public Works for at least one category of service. In fact, a number of cities use the department to provide the majority of their Public Works services.
This page is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for city officials and administrators that have questions about contracted services. For a printable version of this page, click here.