LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council is expected to consider another round of budget cuts Wednesday, including additional furloughs that could shut down entire departments for one day a week.

City Council Must Close Growing Budget Gap, KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta Reports

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana will recommend an additional 10 furlough days for employees who are already required to take either 16 or 26 days off without pay. He will also recommend additional cuts for the Fire Department.

In addition, he says the city needs to make $200 million to $300 million by leasing nine of its parking garages to private operators for 50 years. Of that amount, $53.2 million will be used to close most of the city’s current budget gap.

The council, however, is under pressure from business and community groups that want to continue paying $2 at the Hollywood & Highland lot, and nothing at all at the Broxton lot in Westwood.

Without revenue from the parking garage lease, the city would be $62.7 million in the red. Another $350 million deficit looms in the next fiscal year.

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Comments (4)
  1. Edgar Friendly says:

    Yup, let’s give additional furlough time to the 911 operators and Detention Officers (yes, these are part of the group that are already taking 26 days per years). What this will mean for the public is less officers, because they will be pulled to staff the jails, and a potential disaster on 911 (since the officers are not trained to backfill in these positions). But apparently, these positions are not as important as the Mayor keeping all of the pet projects run from his office, the City Council keeping their almost 300 council aides and city-funded vehicles, etc. What they also don’t tell you is that the furloughs are not being applied ‘across the board”…there are no furloughs being imposed on Sanitation, Parking Enforcement, and numerous other City departments….but they are sure willing to play fast and loose with public safety. if you don’t agree, stand up and tell them so! We who work as detention officers and 911 operators don’t disagree that we all need to share in helping bring down the deficit, but we’re getting a little tired of being targeted time and time again…

    1. Astonished says:

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s time the mayor and the City Council do a little sharing of the sacrificing also! How about a staff reduction of 1/3 to 1/2 to start and 26 days of furlough for their staff! How many staffers do they need to fetch them water? II’m with you all the way!

  2. bob says:

    Maybe they should sell the LA/Ont airport to Ontario and use that revenue to fill their funding gap.

  3. fish wrap says:

    Who the hell is doing the math in that city. They should all be fired starting with Bernard parks.

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