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Los Angeles Budget Crisis

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Fire Department's Plan Poses Hidden Risks

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.20.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council and L.A. Fire Department have proudly touted the advantages of a just-approved new deployment plan, which they claim will...

Los Angeles Schools Rescind 522 Teacher Layoff Notices

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles school board has rescinded 522 layoffs of elementary school teachers, dropping the number of expected layoffs to a...

Council Agrees To Keep Hiring LAPD Officers Despite Budget Crisis

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Five hours into a meeting on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget Monday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to preserve the mayor...

City Attorney Slams Villaraigosa For 'Management Failure'

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich blasted Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed city budget in harsh terms Thursday, declaring it an example of "fundamen...

Budget Crisis Puts LA Court System At Risk

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The nation's largest court system is in the midst of a painful budget crisis that has shut down courtrooms and disrupted everythin...

Time for LA's Mayor To Hire A Mayor?

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa still managed to paint a bleak picture during his State of the City budget message yesterday. But gone was the "sky is falling" lingo from some city officials.

In Somber Speech, Mayor Lays Out Plan For Layoffs, Furloughs, Reforms

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that Los Angeles will lay off more than 700 workers in the coming months and eliminate tho...

In Tough Budget Times, Let's See What We Can Do

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

Perhaps government could learn to operate differently, by empowering the community to take the lead in solving social problems and partnering where necessary, as opposed to the other way around.

City Council To Vote On LAPD Hiring Freeze

latimes.com | David Zahniser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Worried about the city's ability to get through the rest of the fiscal year, a Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Monday that the Los Ange...

LAPD Budget Crisis Discussed On MSNBC

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WATCH the LA Times' Joel Rubin discuss the LAPD's financial crisis and hiring freeze on MSNBC. ...

Is Bankruptcy LA's Best Option?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

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Is Bankruptcy LA's Best Option?

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council have said repeatedly that, come what may, declaring Los Angeles bankrupt is not an option. But with...

Investigations Sit Idle As Financial Crisis Hits LAPD

AP | Joel Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The city's budget crisis and cap on overtime is forcing homicide detectives to stop work for days at a time, hurting their ability...

DWP At Center Of City's Financial Meltdown

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — When the city's Department of Water and Power spent $50,000 on lactation consultants two years ago to assist breast-feeding employ...

LA City Could Come Out Of Budget Crisis $100 Million Ahead

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

As the result of an unexpected spike in tax revenue and a loss of 2,400 workers to early retirement (not to mention a few dozen layoffs), the city of ...

Villaraigosa Backs Down, Says Shutdown A Last Resort

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — In the end, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was forced to admit that he didn't have the power to shut down city services. But his threa...

Villaraigosa Says Revenue Increase Will Keep Parks, Libraries Open

89.3 KPCC | Frank Stoltze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he no longer believed it would be necessary to shut down some city services because of a gaping b...

LA Council Probes Mayor's City Service Shutdown

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa backed down from his hardline stance over the budget crisis Wednesday, admitting he cannot shut down ci...

Los Angeles On Track To Run Out Of Money In 4 Weeks

latimes.com | Phil Willon and Maeve Reston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The city's top financial official issued a grim assessment of the escalating budget crisis Monday, warning that Los Angeles could be unable to pay its...

Budget Cuts Threaten LA Arts Centers

latimes.com | Mike Boehm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The slashing of Los Angeles' municipal arts offerings is underway, with seven layoffs to take effect April 1 and eight more expected when the fiscal y...

The Battle Over DWP Rate Hikes Gets Heated

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

In a rebuke to Mayor Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to review his proposal to raise DWP rates. The LA Times report...

LA City Council Votes To Cut 761 Jobs

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council has voted to cut 761 jobs while continuing to seek concessions from the city employees' unions. The ...

7 LA Councilmembers Have Refused To Take Pay Cuts

LA Observed | Kevin Roderick • March 17 2010 9:35 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Thousands of Los Angeles city employees have been targeted for layoffs or had their pay reduced in response to the city's budget crisis. Mayor Antonio...

Our Long Term Budget Strategy: Correcting the Record

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

In an editorial, the LA Times argued that City Hall lacks a clear vision of what city government should look like. This could not be further from the truth.

LA City Officials Issue First Pink Slip

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

With as many as 4,000 job eliminations ahead, Los Angeles city officials have issued the first pink slip to a curator at the Point Fermin Lighthouse i...