Thursday, May 14, 2009

What will they do? California & Los Angeles Face Massive Budget Shortfalls

L.A. City Council committee outlines drastic budget cuts. Budget committee recommends police hiring freeze, 800 more layoffs, 26 unpaid furlough days and cuts to parks, libraries, street-paving and other city services to close an expected $530-million gap.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell state assets including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Del Mar Fairgrounds, according to a copy of a proposal reviewed by The Tim
es.  Other state assets that could be put on the block include San Quentin State Prison and the Orange County Fairgrounds. The move could raise between $600 million and $1 billion, according to a proposal.

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Bratton to Rosendahl: So, you want to save money by not hiring cops? Then take that!

12:13 PM | May 14, 2009



In an interview with KNX-AM (1070) radio this morning, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called out City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Greig Smith and Bill Rosendahl by name, saying their vote last night to freeze police hiring as a budget-cutting measure was “shortsighted and dangerous.”

Bratton said the vote, if confirmed by the full council, would set the LAPD back years in its hiring efforts, and he accused the three councilmen of misleading the public on the severity of the proposed cut -- particularly in Rosendahl’s affluent Westside/coastal district.

“Within a couple of months I’ll be pulling out of each of his police stations, because of the lack of hiring, about 25 to 30 officers,” Bratton said. “So people on the Westside I’m sure are going to very happy to hear about the councilman’s vote to reduce their already short-staffed stations.”