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Up to 209 layoffs, salary freeze possible for City of LA (updated)

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling on the Los Angeles City Council to make budget cuts, including 209 layoffs starting Jan. 1, 2013.

When the Los Angeles City Council approved its budget for fiscal year 2012-13, members kicked the can down the road of layoffs. Now, nearly halfway through the year, those 209 layoffs are back. 

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for the layoffs in a letter sent in anticipation of the financial status report from the city administrative officer. The layoffs are expected on Jan. 1, 2013. 

“This is a difficult yet necessary decision,” Villaraigosa said.

Of those 209 positions that are listed on the city’s books, 186 are filled by employees, according to City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who is also recommending that 50 jobs be cut from the City Attorney’s Office. That would end furloughs for the department. 

Even with those layoffs, the city’s budget deficit for 2013-14 would be $216 million. Without the layoffs, the shortfall would increase to $232 million. Just four months into this fiscal year, the city has a $16.6 million deficit.

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Mayor Villaraigosa heads to Iowa for Democratic dinner

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, seen here with KPCC's Larry Mantle, is off to Iowa as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is headed to Iowa Friday to serve as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an event Democratic politicians typically use as a launching pad for national ambitions.

The mayor is expected to use the opportunity to criticize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. According to his prepared remarks, Villaraigosa will tell the audience:  

“Gov. Romney would treat our ambitious and talented immigrants very differently. Instead of supporting their energy and enthusiasm, instead of benefitting from their contributions to our county, he would make circumstances for them so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the lives they have built, their children born here and go back to their countries of origin. They would quote-unquote self-deport. Gov. Romney, that is not who we are.”

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