The committee was seeking input from a number of public and business sector professionals on ways that state government can improve its structure, operations, service delivery, and best practices.
Gaebler’s testimony focused on ways in which government can be more effective. He addressed some of the assumptions about what governments should provide versus more effective ways to encourage improved operations.
Gaebler also discussed some of the methods government agencies should not attempt including using private section executive talent, academics, “do-gooders,” or outside consultants. He instead advocated for a more innovative local government culture where public employees are motivated and incentivized to succeed and improve government functions.
In addition to Gaebler, other speakers included:
Cathy O’Sullivan, director, Working Smarter, University of California, Office of the President;
Sarah Zimmerman, deputy chief of staff, Service Employees International Union, Local 1000;
John Grubb, chief of staff, Bay Area Council;
Loren Kaye, president, California Foundation for Commerce and Education, California Chamber of Commerce; and
Todd Haggerty, policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures.
The League wishes to thank City Manager Gaebler for his time and expertise in testifying before the committee.