PRESS RELEASE: CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN’S MOTION TO ESTABLISH AN OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT AND ALIGN LA’S SPENDING WITH ITS VALUES

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2021

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN’S MOTION TO ESTABLISH AN OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT AND ALIGN LA’S SPENDING WITH ITS VALUES

LOS ANGELES -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt Councilmember Nithya Raman’s motion (Council File 21-1080) to create a permanent Office of Procurement for the City of Los Angeles, to bring greater transparency, strategy, and accountability to the City’s contracting with goods and service providers. Los Angeles is currently one of the only major cities in the country with a decentralized procurement system.

The City of Los Angeles spends approximately $4.5 billion annually on procuring goods, services and construction, making it one of the largest economic drivers in the region. However, responsibility for procurement is currently dispersed across individual departments, making it difficult for the City to determine how funds could be better spent to advance social, environmental, and equity goals.

“How we spend our money ought to reflect our most deeply held values and policy priorities,” said Councilmember Raman. “Our purchasing power is massive--and it can be potentially transformative. If we are a City that wants to lead on fighting climate change, and if we want to help rectify historical injustices and inequities by lifting up an economy of local entrepreneurs, then these principles must be embedded in the way we spend our own dollars.”

Councilmember Raman’s motion proposes establishing a permanent Office of Procurement within the office of the City Administrative Officer. The Office of Procurement would have the authority and expertise necessary to advise and oversee departmental contracting processes, aligning those practices with a Council-approved City-wide Procurement Policy Strategy. 

“The changes proposed in this motion will create a real accountability mechanism in City Hall for improving our procurement practices and strengthening our ability to use our spending to forge an inclusive local economy in Los Angeles,” emphasized Councilmember Raman.
 

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