The “Statist” State: California.


As my readers know, I live in California. The State has great weather, great natural beauty, and the worst government. You don’t even need to know what these “agencies” do (see list below). Probably, no one in the state structure of California can tell you what each of these “agencies” does. But they cost a lot.

Some agencies have a short name like CalPERS. But this is a massive agency. CalPERS pays over $12.7 billion in retirement benefits, and they will pay over $7.5 billion in health benefits. CalPERS manages the largest public pension fund in the United States, with $300.3 billion in assets. Despite the large amount of assests, California pension funds are in serious trouble. The Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy revealed some fairly startling realities about California’s public pension underfunding levels.  The amount of California public pension underfunding is a staggering $92,748 per household. Worse yet is the estimated 0.6% annual return in 2016 that missed the 7% target by a country mile.

California State Agencies

  • Administrative Law, Office of (OAL)
  • African American Museum, California (CAAM)
  • Aging, California Commission on (CCoA)
  • Aging, California Department of (CDA)
  • Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB)
  • Air Resources Board (ARB, CARB)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board (ABCAB)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of (ABC)
  • Arts Council, California (CAC)
  • Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (API)
  • Assembly Democratic Caucus (ASMDC)
  • Assembly, California State
  • Association of Bay Area Governments, Earthquake & Hazards Program, (ABAG)
  • Athletic Commission, California State (CSAC)
  • Attorney General (Department of Justice) (AG)
  • Audits, Bureau of State (State Auditor) (BSA)
  • Automotive Repair, Bureau of (BAR)
  • Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC)
  • Bar of California, State (CALBAR)
  • Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of (BBC)
  • Behavioral Sciences, Board of (BBS)
  • Binational Border Health, California Office of (COBBH)
  • Biodiversity Council, California (CBC)
  • Blind, Office of Services to the (OSB)
  • Boating & Waterways, California Department of (DBW)
  • Boating and Waterways Commission, California
  • Building Standards Commission (BSC)
  • Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz)
  • Business Oversight, California Department of (DBO)
  • Business, Transportation, & Housing Agency (BTH)
  • Business.ca.gov (Go-Biz)
  • Cal EMA (CAL EMA)
  • CAL FIRE (CAL FIRE)
  • Cal-Atlas (Cal-Atlas)
  • Cal/EPA (CALEPA)
  • CalCareNet
  • CALFED Bay-Delta Program (CALFED)
  • CalFresh (CalFresh)
  • CalGOLD (CALGOLD)
  • California Channel (CalChannel)
  • CalJOBS (CALJOBS)
  • CalPERS (CALPERS)
  • CalRecycle
  • CalSTRS
  • Caltrans (Headquarters) (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 1 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 10 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 11 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 12 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 2 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 3 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 4 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 5 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 6 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 7 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 8 (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Caltrans, District 9 (DOT, CALTRANS)
  • CalWORKS (CALWORKS)
  • Career Resource Network (CALCRN)
  • Cemetery & Funeral Bureau (CFB)
  • Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB)
  • Child Abuse Prevention, Office of
  • Child Support Services, Department of (CDCSS)
  • Chiropractic Examiners, Board of (BCE)
  • Citizens Compensation Commission, California
  • Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC)
  • Climate Change Portal, California
  • Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC)
  • Coastal Commission, California
  • Coastal Conservancy, California
  • Colorado River Board of California (CRB)
  • Community Colleges System, California (CCCS)
  • Community Services & Development, Department of (CSD)
  • Compensation Insurance Fund, State (SCIF)
  • Conservation Corps, California (CCC)
  • Conservation, Department of (DOC)
  • Consumer Affairs, Department of (DCA)
  • Consumer Services Agency, State and (SCSA)
  • Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
  • Controller’s Office, California State (SCO)
  • Correctional Health Care Services, California (CCHCS)
  • Corrections & Rehabilitation, Department of (CDCR)
  • Corrections Standards Authority (CSA)
  • Counties, California State Association of (CSAC)
  • Court Reporters Board of California
  • Courts, California
  • Courts of Appeal
  • Cyber Safety for Children
  • Deaf Access, Office of
  • Delta Conservancy
  • Delta Protection Commission
  • Delta Stewardship Council
  • Dental Board of California (DBC)
  • Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC)
  • Denti-Cal (DENTI-CAL)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Developmental Disabilities, State Council on (SCDD)
  • Developmental Services, Department of (DDS)
  • Disability Insurance, State (EDD)
  • Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Advisory Council (DVBE)
  • Earthquake Authority, California
  • Education, California State Board of
  • Education, Department of (CDE)
  • eHealth Initiative, California
  • Elections (Secretary of State) (SOS)
  • Electronic & Appliance Repair, Bureau of (BEAR)
  • Emergency Communications Office (911), California
  • Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Emergency Management Agency, California (Cal EMA)
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Employment of People with Disabilities, California Committee on (CCEPD)
  • Employment Training Panel (ETP)
  • Energy Commission, California (ENERGY)
  • Environment Resources Evaluation System, California (CERES)
  • Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Office of (OEHHA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (CALEPA)
  • Equalization, Board of (BOE)
  • eServices Office (ESERVICES)
  • Experience Unlimited (EDD)
  • Exposition & State Fair, California (CAL EXPO)
  • Fair Employment & Housing Commission (FEHC)
  • Fair Employment & Housing, Department of (DFEH)
  • Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
  • Fair, California State (BIG FUN)
  • Film Commission, California (CFC)
  • Finance, Department of (DOF)
  • Financial Institutions, Department of (DFI)
  • Fire Marshal, Office of the State (OSFM)
  • Firearms, Bureau of (DOJ)
  • First 5 California (First 5)
  • Fish & Game Commission (FGC)
  • Fish & Game, Department of (DFG)
  • Fleet & Asset Management, Office of (OFAM)
  • Flex Alerts
  • Food & Agriculture, Department of (CDFA)
  • Forestry & Fire Protection, Board of (BOF)
  • Forestry & Fire Protection, California Department of (CAL FIRE)
  • Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
  • Gambling Control Commission (CGCC)
  • Gang & Youth Violence Policy, Governor’s Office of (OGYVP)
  • General Services, Department of (DGS)
  • Geospatial Clearinghouse (CALATLAS)
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Council, California (CGC)
  • Government Operations Agency
  • Governor’s Mentoring Partnership (GMP)
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoED)
  • Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (OPR)
  • Governor, Office of the (GO)
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind, Board of (BGDB)
  • Habeas Corpus Resource Center (HCRC)
  • Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS)
  • Health and Safety & Workers’ Compensation, Commission on (CHSWC)
  • Health Benefit Exchange, California (HBEX)
  • Health Care Reform, California
  • Health Care Services, Department of (DHCS)
  • Health Information Integrity, California Office of (CALOHI)
  • Health Planning and Development, Office of Statewide (OSHPD)
  • Healthy Families Program
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau
  • High-Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA)
  • Highway Patrol, California (CHP)
  • Historic Preservation, Office of (OHP)
  • Historical and Cultural Endowment, California
  • Historical Resources Commission, State (SHRC)
  • Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, Bureau of (BEARHFTI)
  • Homeless Youth Authority, California (HYP)
  • Horse Racing Board, California (CHRB)
  • Housing & Community Development, Department of (HCD)
  • Housing Finance Agency (CALHFA)
  • Human Resources, Department of (CalHR)
  • I Can Afford College
  • Independent Living Council, California State (CALSILC)
  • Industrial Relations, Department of (DIR)
  • Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC)
  • Information Security, Office of (OIS)
  • Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) (IBANK)
  • Inspector General, Office of the (OIG)
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Insurance, Department of (CDI)
  • Judicial Council of California
  • Judicial Performance, Commission on (CJP)
  • Justice, Department of (Attorney General) (DOJ)
  • Juvenile Justice, Division of
  • Juvenile Parole Board (JPB)
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)
  • Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF)
  • Labor Market Information Division (LMID)
  • Labor Standards Enforcement, Division of (DLSE)
  • Labor Statistics and Research, Division of (DLSR)
  • Lands Commission, California State (SLC)
  • Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC)
  • Latino Legislative Caucus (LLC)
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Law Revision Committee (CLRC)
  • Learn California
  • Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
  • Legislative Black Caucus (ASM)
  • Legislative Environmental Caucus
  • Legislative Information (LEGINFO)
  • Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Caucus (LGBT)
  • Legislative Outdoor Sporting Caucus
  • Legislative Rural Caucus
  • Legislative Women’s Caucus
  • Legislature, California State (LEGISLATURE)
  • Library, California State (CSL)
  • Lieutenant Governor, Office of (LTG)
  • Little Hoover Commission (LHC)
  • Lottery Commission (Lotto)
  • Lottery, State (LOTTERY)
  • Managed Health Care, Department of (DMHC)
  • Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB)
  • Medi-Cal (MEDI-CAL)
  • Mediation & Conciliation Service, State (CMCS)
  • Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP)
  • Medical Assistance Commission (CMAC)
  • Medical Board of California (MBC)
  • Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
  • Mental Health, Department of (DMH)
  • Mentally Ill Offenders, Council on (COMIO)
  • Military Museum, California State (CSMM)
  • Mine Reclamation, Office of
  • Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)
  • Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit (DOJ)
  • Motor Vehicles, Department of (DMV)
  • Museum for History, Women and the Arts, California
  • Museum, the California (Museum)
  • MyCali Youth Portal (MYCALI)
  • Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
  • Natural Resources Agency, California
  • Naturopathic Medicine Committee
  • New Motor Vehicle Board (NMVB)
  • Occupational Safety & Health, California Office of (DOSH)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (DIR, OSHAB)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)
  • Occupational Therapy, California Board of (BOT)
  • Ocean & Coastal Environmental Access Network, California (Cal OCEAN)
  • Ocean Protection Council (OPC)
  • Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR)
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD)
  • Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
  • Optometry, Board of
  • Osteopathic Medical Board of California (OMBC)
  • Paid Family Leave Insurance Program (PFL)
  • Parks and Recreation, California Department of
  • Park and Recreation Commission, California State (PARKS)
  • Parole Hearings, Board of (CDCR, BOPH)
  • Patient Advocate, Office of the (OPA)
  • Peace Officer Standards & Training, Commission on (POST)
  • Personnel Board, State (SPB)
  • Pesticide Regulation, Department of (CDPR)
  • Pharmacy, Board of
  • Physical Fitness and Sports, California Governor’s Council on
  • Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC)
  • Physician Assistant Committee (PAC)
  • Pilot Commissioners, Board of (BOPC)
  • Podiatric Medicine, Board of (BPM)
  • Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)
  • Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA)
  • Privacy Protection, Office of (OPP)
  • Private Postsecondary Education, Bureau for (BPPE)
  • Procurement Division (PD)
  • Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, & Geologists, Board for
  • Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
  • Psychology, Board of
  • Public Employees Retirement System, California (CalPERS)
  • Public Employment Relations Board, California (PERB)
  • Public Health, California Department of (CDPH)
  • Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC)
  • Public Safety Communications, Office of (PSCO)
  • Public School Construction, Office of (OPSC)
  • Public Utilities Commission, California (CPUC)
  • Publishing, Office of State (OSP)
  • Railroad Museum, California State (CSRMF)
  • Real Estate Appraisers, Office of (OREA)
  • Real Estate, Department of (DRE)
  • Regenerative Medicine, California Institute for (CIRM)
  • Registered Nursing, Board of (RN)
  • Registrar of Charitable Trusts (AG)
  • Rehabilitation, California Department of (DOR)
  • Research Bureau, California (CRB)
  • Respiratory Care Board of California (RCB)
  • Risk and Insurance Management, Office of (ORIM)
  • Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
  • Safe at Home Program (Secretary of State)
  • San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC)
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC)
  • San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers & Mountains Conservancy (RMC)
  • San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC)
  • Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)
  • Science Center, California
  • Secretary of State, California (SOS)
  • Security and Investigative Services, Bureau of (BSIS)
  • Seismic Safety Commission, California (SSC)
  • Self Insurance Plans (DIR, SIP)
  • Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Senate Office of Research (SOR)
  • Senate Republican Caucus
  • Senate, California State
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
  • Social Services, Department of (CDSS)
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
  • State Mandates, Commission on (CSM)
  • Status of Women and Girls, California Commission on the
  • Structural Pest Control Board
  • Student Aid Commission, California (CSAC)
  • Summer School for the Arts, California State (CSSSA)
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction, State (SPI)
  • Superior Courts, California (COURTS)
  • Supreme Court of California (COURTS)
  • Systems Integration, Office of (OSI)
  • Tahoe Conservancy, California
  • Tax Service Center, California (TAXES)
  • Teacher Credentialing, Commission on (CTC)
  • Teachers’ Retirement System, California (CalSTRS)
  • Technology, Department of
  • Technology Services, Office of (OTech)
  • Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau (DCA, TMAS)
  • Tourism, California Office of
  • Toxic Substances Control, California Department of (DTSC)
  • Traffic Safety, California Office of (OTS)
  • Transportation Commission, California (CTC)
  • Transportation, Department of (DOT,CALTRANS)
  • Treasurer’s Office, State (STO)
  • Trustees, Board of (California State University)
  • Unclaimed Property (SCO)
  • Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB)
  • Unemployment Insurance Program (EDD, UI)
  • Uniform Custom Cost Accounting Commission (SCO)
  • University of California (UC)
  • University, California State (CALSTATE, CSU)
  • Veterans Affairs, Department of (CalVet)
  • Veterinary Medical Board, California (VMB)
  • Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB)
  • Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Board of (BVNPT)
  • Volunteers, California
  • Voter Registration – Secretary of State (SOS)
  • Water Resources Control Board, State (WRCB)
  • Water Resources, Department of (DWR)
  • Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
  • Workforce Development Board, California (CWDB)

In case you were wondering, there are 343 agencies in the list.

And thanks to BL for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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2 Responses to The “Statist” State: California.

  1. David L. Wood, M.D. says:

    I can’t believe I read all that superfluousness

    • Roy Filly says:

      David,

      It wasn’t meant to be “read.” It was the shear length of the list that was meant to awe the reader. And “superfluous” is the exact right word.

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