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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.
CBS Sports reports the NFL has second thoughts on moving a team to Los Angeles in a downtown stadium. The league if reportedly looking at Dodger Stadium.
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Controller Wendy Greuel has a 2-to-1 lead over Councilman Eric Garcetti in the 2013 mayor's race, according to a private poll obtained by the LA Weekly. Representatives for the campaigns of Garcetti and Councilwoman Jan Perry both likened the poll to animal excrement.
CBS Sports reports that Los Angeles will not get a NFL team next year. "[T]he NFL essentially ruled out a move for next season and expressed some concerns about the feasibility of a downtown stadium," according to the site.
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President Barack Obama debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Oct. 22, 2012 at the start of the third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney will meet Monday night for their final debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The format will be similar to the first presidential debate, but the candidates will focus on foreign policy.
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have made magazines a platform for courting women voters.
Ann Romney sat down with the ladies of “The View” last week and tackled tough questions on abortion (her husband “has always been a pro-life person”), and why the Romney sons hadn’t served in the military (all were on Mormon missions, “We find different ways of serving”).
Last month, Michelle Obama stopped by the show with her husband. The topic of the Libya attack came up, but most of the questions were softball queries about their marriage.
The candidate’s wives have shown up in puffy articles in many magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Parade, and People.
So I shouldn’t have been surprised to find Michelle Obama in between the perfume and handbag ads in this month’s Elle. But it doesn’t read like a puff piece. It reads like a campaign mailer, complete with the “5 reasons to vote for Barack.”
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, who represents Palm Springs, was one of only two House Republicans who joined Defense of Marriage Act opponents on some legislation
The Human Rights Campaign has issued its annual Congressional scorecard on issues important to the gay, lesbian, and transgender community. A look at how California lawmakers fared shows some interesting results.
As expected, nearly all House Democrats from the Golden State agreed to co-sponsor every piece of legislation backed by the HRC, and voted up or down in ways the campaign approved; most California Republicans did not.
But there were exceptions.
The HRC didn’t like the House version of the Violence Against Women reauthorization because, unlike the Senate version, it doesn’t expand protections to partners in same-sex couples. Democrats, by and large, voted against it, but so did GOP Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach and Tom McClintock of Lake Tahoe.
McClintock voted against it for reasons other than its exclusion of same-sex couple protection. On his website, McClintock blasts the legislation as "a feel-good measure that uses 'Violence Against Women' as an excuse to vastly expand a dizzying array of government grant programs, hamstring judges who are attempting to resolve and reconcile highly volatile relationships, add $1.8 billion to the nation’s debt and generally insinuate the federal government into matters the Constitution clearly reserves to the states."