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LA city swimming pools to stay open through Labor Day

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Los Angeles city pools that were expected to close Monday will remain open through Labor Day. It's unclear how the city will pay for the three additional weeks of operation.

City swimming pools that were scheduled to close next Monday to coincide with the start of the school year will remain open through Labor Day, according to officials with the Department of Recreation and Parks. 

The Daily News reported yesterday that seasonal pools would close next week as students in the Los Angeles Unified School District head back to school. That drew criticism from Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Richard Alarcon, ultimately prompting Rec and Parks to agree to keep the 46 swimming pools operating through Sept. 3.

It was not immediately known how the city would pay to keep the pools open. Nor was it clear how the pools would be staffed by a department that has seen 100 layoffs over the last three years, while the remaining employees are placed on furlough.

“This was creative thinking at its best,” LaBonge said in a statement. “In the end, the department was able to do the simplest thing: serve the kids of Los Angeles.”


What LA music should you hear when you call City Hall?

The Los Angeles City Council approved a multibillion-budget today that closes a $238 million deficit and temporarily avoids layoffs, but there was one motion that grabbed the spotlight – a request to improve the music Angelenos hear when they call City Hall.

During the course of the budget discussion, Councilman Tom LaBonge asked staff to replace the phone system’s hold music with something inspired by Los Angeles. Councilman Joe Buscaino also asked the engineers to replace the music that plays on Channel 35 before and after the city council meetings.

Among LaBonge’s suggestions for the new hold music:

Coming into Los Angeles, by Arlo Guthrie

Low Rider, by War

Walking in L.A., by Missing Persons

San Fernando Valley, by Bing Crosby

MacArthur Park, by Donna Summer

California Dreaming, by The Mamas and the Papas