Los Angeles Budget Crisis: Villaraigosa's New Budget Expands Some City Services

04/20/2011 03:06 pm ET | Updated Jun 20, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled his $6.9-billion budget Wednesday during a brutal recession, yet in many ways the 2011-2012 spending plan continues or even expands key city services.
The proposal unveiled at the Central Library calls for elimination of a $457-million shortfall while expanding staffing at the Fire Department, increasing pothole repairs by 20% and adding more library hours, all while hiring enough police officers to maintain the current size of the Police Department.

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