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Los Angeles city budget avoids layoffs, increases penalties on parking tickets

Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

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A spending plan approved by the Budget and Finance Committee delays 209 layoffs while increasing the fines for all parking violations in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles city employees whose jobs had been on the chopping block received a six-month reprieve today as members of the Budget and Finance Committee agreed to keep them on the payroll as elected officials look for additional revenue sources.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed budget had called for 231 layoffs, two-thirds of which would have impacted civilian, administrative staff at the Los Angeles Police Department. The city’s chief legislative analyst reduced that projection to 209 layoffs, before they were pushed back to Jan. 1, 2013.

“Our first goal is restoring services – not protecting jobs for their own sake,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

“As we restore services, where are they most appropriate to fulfill the core mission of this city?”