The city's early retirement program received hundreds more applications than it can accommodate, according to former Los Angeles Daily News editor Ron Kaye.

The program's deadline came and went this week with 2,718 city workers raising their hand to ask to get off the ship, Kaye writes at The city has authorized 2,400 early retirements. Another 400 people have already jumped ship this year, Kaye states.

According to a tally kept by Kaye, civilian workers at the police department lead the charge to get out of City Hall, with 255 requests for an early departure. Sanitation (231) was next followed by Airports (225).

“How the excess will be handled remains to be seen since the city's financial situation continues to deteriorate as the possibility of layoffs is increasing …,” Kaye writes.

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