Prior to his election, Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice for government reform. He is the first Neighborhood Council member elected to city-wide 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.
Galperin has long promoted cutting waste and developing programs to help businesses create jobs. As Chair 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.
Galperin brings to the Controller job more than twenty years of experience as a transactional and litigation attorney and small business owner. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in West Los Angeles with his husband, Rabbi Zachary Shapiro, and their dog, Daisy.
Leading a data revolution:
City Controller 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 according to the U.S. City Open Data Census. Likewise, Government Technology Magazine recently named Controller Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015.
Controller Galperin’s audits are thorough, thoughtful and impactful. One hallmark of Galperin’s approach to auditing has been his willingness to work with other elected officials to craft solutions to problems. Notable audits include:
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.
A DWP that Works for Everyone
One of the Controller’s priorities is to make the Dept. 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. Later this year Controller Galperin 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.