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When Government FailsThe Orange County Bankruptcy$
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Mark Baldassare

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520214859

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520214859.001.0001

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Reforms after the Crisis

Reforms after the Crisis

(p.184) Chapter 7 Reforms after the Crisis
When Government Fails

Mark Baldassare

University of California Press

There were many people calling for local government reforms in response to the Orange County bankruptcy. Their ideas were drawn from perceptions of the causes of the fiscal crisis, complaints about county officials' responses to the fiscal emergency, and a recognition of the fiscal limitations occurring after the bankruptcy. Some noted that the local governments were unable to respond as well as they should have during the fiscal emergency. Some thought that a more efficient local government was needed to cope with the lean budgets demanded by the fiscal recovery plan. This chapter examines some of the more significant changes that took place in county government and other local governments in Orange County. These include statewide reforms of the county treasurer's operations, the first stages of a restructuring of Orange County government, term limits for the Board of Supervisors, and a council of governments. The chapter also looks at the reform efforts that failed—notably, a county charter and several dramatic proposals to reshape the relationships between the state, the county, and local governments.

Keywords:   Orange County, bankruptcy, local government reforms, fiscal crisis, fiscal emergency, local governments, budgets, fiscal recovery, Board of Supervisors, county treasurer

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