Curious about L.A. finances? Here’s where you can look for yourself

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Angelenos now have another tool at their disposal for learning about their city. Audits, finance reports and other city metrics can all be accessed by the public at a new website lacontroller.org, unveiled Wednesday.

Built by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s office, the website allows Angelenos to even see payroll data, giving them a clear window into how their taxes are spent running the second-largest city in the country.

“I’m very passionate about data and proud of how my office has presented the city’s finances and performance metrics to the public over the years,” Galperin said. “But I’m always looking for ways to increase government transparency. My website will make it easier for Angelenos to engage with the city and get the information they’re looking for.”

The website is also accessible to the disability community and all content can be easily translated into Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Arabic, Armenian and dozens of additional languages.

This isn’t the first time Galperin has rounded up data and resources for Angelenos to use. City officials last year released what they called Los Angeles’ first catalog of programs for older Angelenos, part of what Galperin called an effort to turn L.A. into the “age-friendliest city in America.”

Although Los Angeles has long been in the process of revamping programs for seniors, Galperin said at the time that such a comprehensive directory of services was long overdue.

“It’s vital that we do everything we can to serve as many people as we can,” Galperin said. “Every Angeleno deserves a city that works for them — now and tomorrow.”

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