Earlier this week we told about the Los Angeles Police Department's $80 million deficit and the prospect of a continued freeze on hiring new cadets through January. Well, that doesn't look too good on newsprint, and the City Council backed off committee threats to keep the freeze in effect and is now allowing the LAPD to have its new, much-needed cops.

Of course, there's a caveat: In a typical City Council move the body told the LAPD it could have its January class of 20 cadets, but it needs to figure out how to fund the $6 million it will take to train and hire them.

When Homer Simpson ran for sanitation commissioner of Springfield, he came up with the slogan, “Can't Someone Else Do It?” We think it's apt in L.A. too.

LA Weekly