Compton Cuts 30 Percent Of Workers In New Budget

COMPTON (CBS) — The Compton City Council has diverted a potential government shutdown by approving a budget Tuesday night that calls for massive layoffs.

The new budget would require the city to slash 30 percent of its workforce.

Compton officials have been struggling with how to deal with a $25 million deficit and avoid a government shutdown.

The Council has twice voted down a proposed budget that would lay off 90 workers, including some department heads.

The city treasurer made a point of saying this week that he wouldn’t issue paychecks until the Council approved a budget.

Unions representing city employees have threatened to sue if a budget plan calling for layoffs was passed.

  • dni

    Heres the problem UNIONS. i live in another state, and i marvel at your state government..

    • Regulas

      Disband all public sector unions, make them illegal.
      Nothing but a money laundering system for the Marxist, I mean Democrat party.

      • icecream

        The voice of absolute ignorance !!!

      • J Ruben Kincaid

        Exactly correct


      • icecream

        I think you are stupidly blind enough to think our economy was great under eight years of George Bush…The WORST persident of all time….What a short memory !

    • Alistair, San Diego

      dni, couldn’t agree more. Guess who made ’em legal in CA in the 1970’s … yup, Jerry Brown … the same idiot CA just re-elected much to my amazement as I ran around saying ANYONE BUT JERRY, ANYONE. I myself voted for Meg Whitman, but our felonious media once again succeeded in a massive character assasination. I feel like my state has been taken over by zombies from a bad movie. We’ve had serial bad governence for 35 years, all similar states are in similar dire straights … VOTE CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE, QUIT ELECTING THESE DEMOCRAT PARASITES.

    • jimmy

      It’s CA. What else would you expect. Ms. Pelosi should have steered more stimulus $$ there.

    • Dawn

      Completely agree! Live in Wisconsin and loving it.

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  • Jayman

    Unions suing? That makes a lot of sense — like a law suit is going to create monies that are not there. Stupid.

    • TroyG

      Yukiko unions really suck, they take a businesses ability to be nimble and creative, and place that power into the hands of unions that only care about the money……You are naive.

      • icecream

        UNIONS are NECESSARY and VITAL to working people.
        The mentality of those who favor the abuses of big businesses is to abiolish labor unions and blame unions for the mismanagement of businesses and government agencies. If labor unions are run ethically and with the mindset of protecting the workers while getting the TOTAL mission accomplished, it is a great thing.

        Do you enjoy 2 off-days each week, paid sick leave, paid vacation leave, and the assurance of fair treatment in your workplace ?

        Thank YOUR UNIONS and stob buying into the political LIES that the Republican lovers of big, abusive corporations is stuffing down your throats.

      • Sandro

        Get your facts straight and protect YOUR rights before YOUR job goes to Mexico. Unions is what it is to UNITE! Quite being a RAT!

    • 312capri

      And expend more of the monies not available which will increase the numbers being laid off! It’s the union mentality

  • SW

    Translation: Public sector unions are uninterested in the fiscal condition of a government, just their own fiscal condition. When a parasite kills its host, neither survive. This is the basic law of life and death, and the public sector employees’ unions have forgotten it.

    • Harpo

      The mechanics in FL are still on strike over Eastern Airlines cutting their wages.

      • Yukiko

        This is one picket line I will honor. I promise not to fly Eastern Airlines until the strike is settled or the company goes out of business.

      • Steve

        Hey Yukiko, Eastern Airlines does not exist anymore! Wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Frank

    Unions, the dim bulbs in the chandlier

    • JackBauer1955

      dim bulbs, don’t they need to be replaced? And not by a Union member.

  • pathces12

    Keep voting in Democrats…. as supporters of the public Unions. they prefer layoffs to even small demands on their salary or benefits

    Meanwhile Gov.Walker of Wisconsin saved thousands of public service jobs and Chicago is laying off teachers.

    Here is a great idea… as good Democrats.. just RAISE TAXES

  • mike

    The correct verb is “avert”, not “divert”

    • Otter

      That’s what I was thinking…ruined the rest of the article.

  • Tommy

    Strange. I was not aware that being a member of a union was a garentee to a right to a job. Neither was I aware that California had a “Right to Work” law with a whole new meaning.

    I doubt that there is, in the contract with the union, a “non lay off” clause. I do not see a violation of law here. It’s just that all unions know how to do is suck up tax payer dollars. Public unions should be illegal.

  • jb

    Good——NOW get rid of the other 70% & we can balance the budget..

    • TexasGuy

      Come on now….you can’t cut taxes to zero and you do need SOME municipal workers. Trash doesn’t pick itself up, somebody has to fix the water pipes when the break, potholes have to be filled etc…it does take SOME manpower to run a city. Just not as many as the unions might have you believe.

      • Greg

        why use city workers to fix things when there are tons of companies looking for work that do the same thing. Trash can be picked up by private firms like i have here in pa. They negotiate a price for the city and they charge each household. Second. fix a broken pipe. there are lots of companies that do that and you would only need them once in a blue moon. how many pipes break in a year? Clean the streets, same thinkg private contract. We don’t need bloated city budgets with union thugs just sitting around waiting for a broken pipe. let the supply and demand side work. No tax increases are needed.

      • rufus levin

        everyone just bury their own trash. drive around the potholes, or walk. let water just run….if the farmers can’t water their crops either, why should anyone get water to their homes…drink bottled water and poop in a bag

      • Iowaboy

        You can put all those out for bid and let a private company do it and save a bunch of $$$, Fire, police and our water treatment are really all we need from the actual local government. Refine-streamline and save!

  • John

    The words “pension and benefit reductions” are conspicuously absent from this report.

    So as ever, the gravy train rolls on for the unions and the taxpayers get less service.

  • Fatty Matty

    Well, duh…raise taxes!

    • Nick Papagiorgio

      I imagine only about 5% of Compton pays taxes to begin with.

      • TexasGuy

        No, this is a municipality. It is not funded by INCOME taxes but by property and sales taxes.

      • Jack Kennedy


        oh, compton ……….. uhh ………. make the rich ganstas pay the bills

        yea, thats it, thats the ticket

  • Otter

    That’s “averted” not “diverted.” If the crisis is “diverted” that means it’s still coming. A layoff would prevent that.

    • Ross

      I think diverted probably works well even if the author meant “averted.” If not changes were made to the underlying structure that caused the problem to start with the this merely delays the problems.

      • Scott Martin

        I agree – the word “diverted” is intentional if it means they kicked the can down the road. This diverted problem is not fixed, just patched or rerouted like a commerical flight…boomarang time pending.

  • maryjokopechne

    Hey Californians – the odumba gravy train has no more gas. You WONT be getting my Arizona tax dollars to fund your bloated state government. Get used to seeing more trash on the streets, more illegals in fewer hospitals, decrepit roads because you cant pay your own way without the feds diverting my taxes to you. Look – I’m sooooo happy, I’m going to buy some Florida orange juice.

    • gglazner

      ok THAT was funny, Maryjo

    • pocketpal

      Maryjo is correct. Along with the majority of this country. Hope all that hope and change b.s. works out for you. When this country is at rock bottom, the demoncrats will fear for their lives, and with good reason.

    • sj

      TY Maryjo kep drinking the nectar of gods from my “state tax free” state…:)

    • Tina R.

      We have no say as to where our State tax dollars go after they’re sent to DC and you all know this or should. The rest of the nation is subsidizing California’s debt. If you ask a politician California is the 7th largest economy in the world and is reimbursed $0.78 per every dollar it sends to DC. Not true, DC pays California $1.67 per dollar it receives and this is going up to the tune of $12 billion per year. California currently has $500 billion in unfunded public pension liability that is not being addressed at all. Get this, the State is now negotiating as to which bank will work with the State to continue negotiating pension payments which now comes to the bank in the form of an IOU. Public pensioners have absolutely no clue as to this arrangement and CalPERS isn’t going to tell them because they have contaminated information themselves. Don’t get me started on CalPERS. We’ve tried to convey the true numbers to CalPERS backed by reams of evidentiary material all to no avail. California, its people hence its representatives just don’t get it and that in and of itself is dangerous. How do I know? I’m a forensic accountant for the State of California.

      Pensioners? Your union can do little going forward. The State continues to collect your cash on behalf of your specific Union then the Union along with the State takes the cash and pays your benefits via IOU. California Pensioners, request will-call physical checks if possible as opposed to auto deposit and California non-union residents? Open an account if not already with a top tier national bank, move your own retirement accounts and hold on. Let there be no doubt this State is broke. Once private sector banks no longer negotiate State public sector reimbursement programs all hell is going to break loose and there will be no front door of any home in California that will go unaffected by this regardless of affluence. You can bank on this.

  • Eugene

    IDK about Compton, but I just wish Washington D.C. would get this revelation. Lookit! The Honey pot is dry.

  • Civil War II

    Public unions and Obozo the Clown, in general, and Libturds politicians, , like Jerry Browniose, specifically, are leading the United States into a Second Civil War . The Libturd Politicians can always count on the vote of unions, blacks and illegals by promising them all the Freebies. There are fewer and fewer taxpayers paying more and more taxes so these fools, idiots and clowns can BUY The Votes of these parasites. But, but, bit, sputter the public unions. we pay taxes ,too!
    Yes, BUT, you weak-minded a-hole, Your Salary is Paid for 100%, by Private Sector Taxes. Your Taxes are just nothing but Recycled Taxdollars from the Private Sector. It’s no use, they’re too stupid to grasp that concepL: Hence, All -out Civil War within 5 years

  • Hank Warren

    Useless public workers, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • Tom

    Until CA cuts off and deports illegals, it will never again be a solvent or revelant state. Just as Obama and his thugs are finding out, unsustainable is unsustainable regardless how much he taxes the last of the wage earning publis, ie, the middle class.

  • Trajan Long

    Check out the pension scams and see where the revenue goes> California is one of the worst offenders in that department.

  • Bcwong0

    The answer is so simle, raise the tax of compton’s millionaires and billionaires and cut the loop holes for corporate jets.

    If this does not work, just blame Bush.

    • BG

      Or as the Libturds wojuld do – do both.

    • Jack Kennedy

      dont forget to blame the repubs for cutting the budgets as grandma goes hungry

      and in compton, its the racist repubs that have caused the city and the good citizens to be broke

      • maryjokopechne

        BwaaaaWWAAA – hey Jack, you (or your brother) kill me …
        there aint a Repub within 25 miles of Compton. Who you gonna blame now?

  • bigbiz2

    The Meskins are shooting the Blacks in South Central!!! Tryin to throw the Bro’s out..The NAACP doesn’t say a peep about the effect the Meskin invasion has had on “da hood” Oh and where is that worthless Brazilnut lipped Maxine Waters at?

  • jadams76

    Simple. Just keep raising taxes on those that produce and give to those that don’t and the government. From each according to their each according to their Needs. It’s the Democrat way and has worked everywhere it’s tried. Look how well the Soviets did. The Cubans to. And don’t get me started on the wealthy worker’s Paradise of North Korea. It’s all about. … ” fairness.”

    • Scott Martin

      Amen – and the Chinese are only “winning” because they are our bank and bankers generally win.

  • sstressed

    This is what I know for sure. People will step up and do whatever work the 90 fired ones did or the work wasn’t important enough to prioritize. Life will go on. Gubment worker’s unions should be banned.

  • Henry Howard-Earl of Surrey

    WIth all her corruption and malfeasance inquiries going on, I suppose that the brilliant intellect Maxine Waters isn’t up to her usual theft of millions from the Federal Treasury to shower on her district. Unions, Democrats, all hogs at the public trough…..bloated and overfed, have eaten the seed corn. The well is dry. The Seven Years of Plenty that Joseph spoke of are over….and the Seven Years of Famine begin.

  • Consultus

    @Harpo That made me laugh. Don’t for get PanAm. Thank God I left aviation a long time ago.

  • Anthony Edward Borelli

    Get ready for European style riots as we are forced to adopt Europena style austerity measures. All the result of European style socialism…

    Anthony Borelli
    The Third Report

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