Boards and Commissions: California’s Hidden Government

Report #97, July 1989


More than 400 boards, commissions, authorities, associations, councils and committees exist in state government. These bodies operate to a large degree autonomously and outside of the normal checks and balances of representative government. The Commission focuses on overall state problems with boards and commissions rather than evaluating the need and/or performance of any single entity.

This report contains three findings and five recommendations, including the development of criteria for evaluating the most effective means of problem-solving before a new organization is created; a “sunset clause” in the statutes; and the creation of an information database to track and monitor all such governmental entities.