Reports on Infrastructure
  • Building California: Infrastructure Choices and Strategy
    (Report #199, January 2010)
  • A New Legacy System: Using Technology to Drive Performance
    (Report #193, November 2008)
  • Reconstructing Government:  A Review of the Governor's Plan to Create a Department of Technology Services
    (Report #180, May 2005)
  • Rebuilding The Dream:  Solving California's Affordable Housing Crisis
    (Report #165, May2002)
  • Better.Gov:  Engineering Technology-Enhanced Government
    (Report #156, November 2000)
  • CADA:  An Opportunity to Advance and Protect the State's Investment
    (Report #149, January 1999)
  • Review of State's Efforts to Meet Year 2000 Computer Change
    (Report #145, May 1998)
  • California's Real Property Management: A Cornerstone for Structural Reform
    (Report #137, December 1995)

    Over the last decade, the Little Hoover Commission has advocated repeatedly that the State reform its management of real property. Sincere efforts have been made to make the current system function better, but those attempts have failed. Given the State's perennial fiscal woes, the government must seize ways to save money and generate revenue through the management of its real property. The evolution of public organizations, the marketplace and technology, compels the State to systematically change how real property is provided by internal bureaucracies, accounted for in budgets and used by individual departments. This Commission report makes three findings and three recommendations, and provides short-term and long-term measures that can be taken.
  • Making Land Use Work: Rules to Reach Our Goals
    (Report #136, November 1995)

    As California's population grows at a staggering pace, concerns that regulations may be hindering the State's tradition of prosperity prompted the Commission to study the State's land-use policies. The Commission found that complicated and costly procedures are undermining the State's long-held policies advocating orderly growth. Four findings and four recommendations are made to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of project approval procedures. The Commission recommends that the State establish a single process for assessing proposals, reform planning laws to encourage local agencies to enact regional strategies, invest in infrastructure, and work pro-actively with all levels of government and the private sector to develop solutions to land-use concerns.
  • California's $4 Billion Bottom Line: Getting Best Value Out of the Procurement Process
    (Report #121, March 1993)

    California has failed to use its massive purchasing power to get the best value from the $4 billion it spends each year on goods, services and construction projects. The Commission's study examines four areas: major computer purchases, the bid protest process, the Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise program, and the Prison Industry Authority. This report contains seven findings and 26 recommendations regarding best value, streamlined processes, and program accountability.
  • Squeezing Revenues Out of Existing State Assets
    (Report #116, June 1992)

    For the past seven years, the Commission has analyzed and suggested improvements in the system the State uses to manage real property. To date, few steps have been taken. The Commission produced this issue paper based on its past reports and a June 1992 public hearing. Three recommendations include giving the Department of General Services the necessary authority to dispose of surplus state lands, negotiate lease-purchase agreements and negotiate long-term leases.
  • Transportation: Keeping California Moving
    (Report #114, January 1992)

    This Commission report reviews the state of California's freeways and highways. The Commission concludes that a lack of leadership and inadequate planning continue to thwart needed improvements. Among the six findings and 12 recommendations, the Commission proposes that the State establish a new Transportation Agency; conduct a management study to determine how Caltrans can be reorganized to promote the development of a multi-modal transportation system; and establish a 20-year horizon for planning and funding.
  • Real Property Management in California: Moving Beyond The Role of Caretaker
    (Report #105, October 1990)

    California is failing to manage its property effectively because of inadequate procedures and organizational structures, resulting in a failure to maximize real property assets. This report contains four findings and 17 recommendations, including that the current Public Works Board should be recast to make it the central administrative structure for the State's real property management. In addition, the Commission recommends that the Board's responsibilities include long-range planning, appraisal, acquisition, financing, disposal of property and joint development with public or private agencies.
  • Meeting the Needs of California's Homeless: It Takes More Than a Roof
    (Report #95, May 1989)

    In California, 16 programs specifically targeting the homeless are spread across at least 10 state departments and six different state agencies. The Commission's report finds that despite intense interest in meeting the needs of the homeless and despite the allocation of considerable resources to do so, the State has failed to provide an effective safety net that ensures people will be adequately housed. This report makes three findings and 13 recommendations, which include unifying all state programs dealing with the homeless under the State Health and Welfare Agency, and creating centers throughout the state where homeless people may apply in one location for all forms of aid for which they are eligible.
  • A Report on the Planning, Operation and Funding of California's Highway System
    (Report #88, March 1988)

    California's ability to meet its transportation needs are being eroded by inflation, project delivery delays and project cost increases. This report contains eight findings and 16 recommendations, which include urging the State to aggressively pursue options to reduce congestion in urban areas, and to give priority in funding to urban and suburban counties that implement transportation system management techniques. In addition, the Commission recommends the establishment of an ad hoc commission to examine long-term needs and to develop a strategic plan through the year 2010.
  • Review of the State Controller's Office Move to the Capitol Bank of Commerce Building
    (Report #76, December 1986)

    This letter report presents background information on the rationale for the State Controller's Office move to the Capitol Bank of Commerce Building and an analysis of the cost impact. The Commission makes three recommendations to help ensure that the State precludes similar instances from occurring in the future and to improve the State's management of its real property assets by creating a State Office of Assets Management.
  • California State Government's Management of Real Property
    (Report #70, March 1986)

    Despite the State's long experience as a major property holder and user, there are serious problems in the manner in which the State of California buys, leases and manages real property. This report concludes that the State's property management system is not strategic, is not systematic, and lacks performance incentives. This study contains 12 findings and nine recommendations. These recommendations include authorizing a pro-active assets management pilot program; adopting an organizational structure for State property management; developing a comprehensive inventory system; and awarding performance incentives to both departments and individual property managers to achieve increased revenues.
  • A Review of the Organization and Management of State Telecommunications
    (Report #65, April 1985)
  • A Review of State-Owned Land Parcel in Contra Costa County
    (Report #62, July 1984)
  • Review of the Department of Transportation's Highway Planning and Development Process
    (Report #53, June 1983)
  • Century Freeway Report
    (Report #50, December 1982)
  • Century Freeway Report
    (Report #46, August 1981)
  • Study of the California Department of Motor Vehicles
    (Report #30, May 1977)
  • Study of the California Department of Transportation
    (Report #29, May 1977)
  • Administration of the HUD-701 Comprehensive Planning Assistance Grant Program by the State of California
    (Report #22, August 1974)
  • Preliminary Findings of Subcommittee on California Division of Highways Excess Right of Way
    (Report #19, January 1972)
  • Report on Local California Fairs Receiving State Financial Support
    (Report #17, May 1971)
  • Study of the Need for a Materials Management System
    (Report #15, May 1970)
  • The California State Highway Commission and its Relationship to the State Transportation Agency, the Department of Public Works and Division of Highways
    (Report #11, December 1966)
  • Engineering Costs in the Division of Highways
    (Report #7, April 1965)
  • Findings and Recommendations Concerning Automotive Fleet Management
    (Report #3, June 1963)