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City Council Will Vote On Plan To Privatize Los Angeles Zoo

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city council is expected to vote Friday on a proposal to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park.

Proponents of the idea claim it would save the city $20 million over the next five years and prevent the zoo from closing.

The zoo grounds would remain city property, but critics say it would lead to higher prices and less oversight on how the animals would be treated.

Zoo officials have already cut half of its staff, Under the plan, none of the zoo’s 228 full-time workers would be laid off.

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