Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday made a rare address to the City Council to urge quick action on proposals to lay off workers and cut departments, warning any delay could force the city into a "financial tailspin."
The mayor, greeted by boos from the audience of mostly city workers, said layoffs this year and next are unavoidable. He dismissed arguments from some council members that the city's $212-million deficit �" and a $485-million shortfall forecast for 2010-11 �" could be addressed without sending out pink slips.
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