City Is Tapped: Bernard Parks Says Off With Workers' Heads

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ever the Debbie Downer of City Hall, Councilman Bernard Parks says it's time to pay the piper: The city faces a $408 million deficit next year, a $98 million deficit this year, and the likelihood that layoffs will cut into Los Angeles' 30,000-strong workforce.

While the rest of the council is nit-picking over how much weed a pot dispensary can have and deciding whether or not cats should be declawed (the council recently passed a ban) Parks, ever the sober member, is crying wolf over the city's decaying budget. Parks called layoffs "the next step ... inevitable." Unfortunately, he's probably right.

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