Controller Galperin believes deeply in the principles of transparency and accountability. This website allows for a more efficient way to request public documents that fall under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Adopted in 1968, the CPRA is designed to give the public access to information in the possession of public agencies and elected officials. The Act also provides that public records shall be open for inspection during regular office hours of the agency. The public can inspect or receive a copy of any record unless the record is exempted from disclosure under the Act.
Anyone may initiate a request for public records.
The Controller’s office is the custodian of certain records, including citywide employee payroll, citywide audit reports, citywide fund accounts, vendor payments and financial reports. Please note: the Controller’s office can only provide records of which we have custody. Please allow up to 10 calendar days to receive a response to your request.
If you are seeking records from other City departments, please refer to this list of City of Los Angeles, Public Records Act Coordinators, who may be able to assist you.
The California Public Records Act requires an agency to provide a response to a public records request within 10 calendar days.
Documents and materials within the possession of the Controller’s office that are available in electronic format will be provided without charge when feasible. Fees for paper copies are 10 cents per page, unless the requested document has an established statutory fee. The cost will vary depending on the specific request.
L.A. Controller Galperin’s open data portal, ControlPanel LA, is your source for information about the City of Los Angeles’ expenditures of taxpayer dollars, revenues, payroll, purchasing, special funds and more. You can also conduct a search of the City’s Council File Management System, which contains reports, ordinances, and other documents considered or acted on by the City Council.