But guess where they found $2.4 million of the emergency cash they needed to save their City Hall family?
Your overflowing parking-ticket fund, of course!
Nope: They look to their broke-ass constituents, already drowning in a dismal economy (even worse as of today, we hear), if not completely jobless.
In a report prepared by Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller and being mulled by City Councilmembers, in which Miller proposes 15-odd ways the city could fix its budget crisis without voter consent, a few hidden taxes stand out as particularly insulting:
But billions of dollars central to keeping that promise are still up in the air.
The big issue is more than $40 million that Villaraigosa had wanted to borrow on commercial paper. That debt plan has now been trashed, and the burden has been placed on the L.A. Police Department to come up with $40 million in cuts.
But with no plan and no deadline, this could be a bit too easy to procrastinate on:
The piece begins with an eerie quote from City Council President Eric Garcetti, describing the $6.9 billion consensus: "After 10 years on the council, this was the smoothest one we have had."
Uh oh. When Garcetti says something's going smoothly, it's time to sound the alarm. (See: Hollywood Farmers Market "negotations" with the L.A. Film School.)
Public anger over the city's inflated pensions and too-perfect health-care packages has finally made it into mainstream budget talks -- and for that, they take a hit in both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2011-12 budget proposal and the budget committee's followup. But, exasperatingly, hundreds of additional benefits still fly under the radar.
Today the Los Angeles City Council will begin discussing changes to the mayor's proposed budget - but they employ the same bag of tricks. On the books, the 15 City Council members list 108 people employed on their personal staffs for the last decade. The the L.A. City Council consistently employs more than double that under "As-Needed" hires:
"Basically they are gutting and shutting down the neighborhood council system," Handal says.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to borrow $50 million on commercial paper was heavily criticized -- and now, at the last minute -- thrown out. His 2011-12 City budget proposal that will go before the City Council tomorrow will now need to account for this gaping $50 million hole:
It's budget talk time and McOsker is calling Fire Chief Millage Peaks's re-orginization plan for L.A. Fire Department a disaster. L.A. would save $200 million in three years.
Peaks is behaving very out of character for someone of power in L.A.: rationally defending his plan against the powers that be - and taking full responsibility for his ideas:
But no one is unhappier than the L.A. city firefighters union, who would be deprived of 300 paying members if the City Council approves the plan. KPCC reports that "The department also would close 18 engines, seven hook-and-ladder trucks and four ambulances. All this would save the city $190 million over three years."
Surprisingly, Fire Captain Jaime Moore backs (and actually helped design) the plan...