Here's Proof That L.A. Is One of the Worst-Run Cities in America

Our streets are crap, our sidewalks are cracked, and our rents are through the roof.

Somebody might have noticed.

The folks at personal-finance website WalletHub analyzed how efficiently 65 major U.S. cities spend taxpayers' money on education, police and parks and recreation. By those measures, Los Angeles ended up as one of the 10 worst-run cities in America.

The big problem with L.A., according to the 2015’s Best & Worst Run Cities in America list released today, is poor return on investment.

We ranked near the very bottom for return on our investment in police, and fairly low for our return on investment in education. Our return on investment in parks and recreation was actually good: L.A. came in 12th.

Here's Proof That L.A. Is One of the Worst-Run Cities in America
WalletHub

Overall, Los Angeles was eighth from the bottom on the list of 65 cities. In other words, as the site told us, "Los Angeles is the eighth worst-run city in America."

We're no huge fans of City Hall. But we have some reservations about this particular analysis.

We're not sure how return on investment on police is measured, for example. Taxpayers spend a lot on the Los Angeles Police Department. But the force patrols 469 square miles with a fraction of the boots on the ground it would take to do so elsewhere.

And, as far as education goes, the city doesn't run local public schools. That job goes mainly to the L.A. Unified School District, which covers many other cities besides Los Angeles proper.

And, if it makes you feel any better, we have good company:

New York was fourth from the bottom. And San Francisco was almost in the bottom 10. Southern California was represented well at the bottom of the list, which included Long Beach (second from last), Riverside (third from last) and Santa Ana (ninth from last).

The worst-run city is said to be the Bay Area town of Fremont, California.

The best-run city in the entire United States? ... Lubbock, Texas, which was followed by ... Philadelphia!?

Go figure.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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