L.A. politicians are pleased to announce this afternoon that they avoided laying off any city employees in the 2012-13 city budget. (So union heads can put down their daggers, for now.) But guess where they found $2.4 million of the emergency cash they needed to save their City Hall family?...
L.A. Budget Fix? City Analyst Suggests More Parking Tickets, Fees for On-Scene Medical Treatment and 911 Calls
When the Los Angeles City Council is low on cash, they tend not to look to their own overfunded executive offices -- or alleged untouchables like the corrupt, bulging Housing Authority -- for the answer. Nope: They look to their broke-ass constituents, already drowning in a dismal economy (even worse...
Governor Jerry Brown Failing to Sell Tax Hikes: 62% of California Voters Want a Say, But Under Half Want to Say 'Yes'
Governor Jerry Brown may have appeased the California Teachers Association, one of his most generous campaign backers, for now: In his revised May 17 budget proposal, he shields K-12 schools and community colleges from the big, stern cuts that will be necessary to pull the Golden State out of the...
Charlie Beck, L.A. Police Chief, Required to Cut $40 Million to Balance Budget, But Given No Guidance
Today L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will receive amendments made by the City Council to his 2011-12 proposed City budget. 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...
L.A. City Council Claims to Have Solved Budget Shortfall -- But Their $7B 'Plan' Tiptoes Around Unions, Makes No Real Plans at All
This morning, the LA Daily News and Daily Breeze throw around the word "realistic" in their wire-service headlines on the City Council's 2011-12 budget, approved last night. How horribly misleading. The piece begins with an eerie quote from City Council President Eric Garcetti, describing the $6.9 billion consensus: "After 10...
L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, in Final Moments Before Budget Passage: What About Cutting $150 Million in City-Worker Bonuses?
City Councilman Dennis Zine got 99 problems, but a blind eye to L.A.'s extravagant set of city-worker privileges ain't one. His op-ed in the LA Daily News this morning calls out his fellow politicians for gutting crucial city services while preserving its most frivolous bits: "300 different types of employee...