There is some consternation on whether BongHwan Kim has made a u-turn after seemingly endorsing Shawn Simons plan to outsource the DONE financial funding program to an outside non-profit.
At the LANCC BudgetLA meeting Feb. 13th BHK said that the non-profit could do the job in a more efficient way and more cheaply.
A few days later, Feb 16th, at the L.A. City Council Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting he appeared to make a u-turn and said the funding program should be kept within the city.
I asked BHK for clarification this is what BHK wrote to me
“We have to pursue multiple paths at the same time i.e. fix the current system as much as possible while going through an outsourcing process which can take 4-6 months. The least worst option would be to farm out separately to a larger department.
At the E&N meeting the CAO did say it could take until the next budget year to realize any savings if funding responsibility was transferred to another entity.