A new budget report suggests the deficit for fiscal year 2013-14 has dropped -- to $150 million. Drastic cuts remain on the table.
Despite a reduction in pension costs and signs that revenues to the city of Los Angeles are improving, closing a multimillion-dollar deficit remains “a daunting challenge,” according to a new report. One councilman is suggesting that could result in extending a hiring freeze to the Los Angeles Police Department.
City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Friday submitted an update on the fiscal year 2013-14, which starts on July 1. In it, he suggests that the $216 million deficit has dropped to somewhere between $165 million and $150 million, which he attributes to a reduction in pension obligations, positive trends in the economy, and a reserve that holds $80 million.
Balancing the budget may depend, in part, on reducing employees’ pay and healthcare benefits. Services could also be cut and departments consolidated, he said.
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The US Capitol in Washington, DC, is seen February 28, 2013.
Congress is learning how sequestration cuts come home to roost.
First, it was a list of entrances to House office buildings that will be closed due to sequestration cuts affecting the Capitol Police. That means longer lines getting through the security line at the remaining entrances.
Now, the House Ethics Committee is laying down the law about what members and their staffs can and cannot do to get by with fewer resources.
In a memo sent by the Ethics Committee and ranking member Linda Sanchez (D-Cerritos), House lawmakers are reminded that “ethics rules, laws, and standards of conduct remain in effect and may be relevant as you consider various methods of savings.”
For instance, you can’t use campaign funds to pay for office furniture or computer equipment or even to hire someone to open constituent mail. And there are “significant limitations” on the use of volunteer services in place of paid staff.
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel aren't saying yet whether they're seeking the support of their former opponents in the mayor's race.
Both Perry and James tell KPCC they have not decided whether to endorse Wendy Greuel or Eric Garcetti in the runoff. A spokesman for the Greuel campaign said she was reaching out to all the losing candidates to ask for their support.
That could be an awkward conversation with Perry. In the days leading up to the primary, the Greuel camp sent out mailers alerting voters to Perry's financial problems back in the 1990s.
As for the Garcetti campaign, a spokesman said that camp is also seeking James and Perry's endorsement.
"He's seeking support from many people and organizations," said spokesman Jeff Millman, "and after finishing on top in Tuesday's primary, he has received phone calls non-stop from people who want to get involved."
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he's thinking about whether to endorse in the May runoff. He notes, though, that he will support whoever wins.
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Today is Friday, March 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is considering whether to endorse in the mayoral runoff, reports the Daily News. "I think it's important that whatever happens, I have a good relationship with the next mayor. I am going to support whoever wins," he says.
Speaking of the runoff, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel now start from zero in terms of fundraising, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A Daily News editorial looks at the lessons learned from Tuesday's primary: "the public says career politicians are bums but doesn't throw them out."
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Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration.
It's been pretty quiet the past few years in Catholic churches on the immigration front. Sermons have tackled a long list of other Catholic social justice issues. But it's likely you'll be hearing about immigration from the pulpit sometime soon.
As Congress debates immigration reform, bishops want lawmakers to hear from their Catholic constituents on the topic.
To help local parishes organize, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development announced this week it is kicking in $800,000 in grants — bringing a total of more than $3.5 million just in the past year — to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform.
Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who chairs the CCHD subcommittee, says the push for immigration reform is "rooted in Catholic social teaching about the dignity of the human person and reflects the Church's deep historic ties to generations of immigrants who have come to America."