Mayor Villaraigosa says he would take pay cut along with city employees

Because the city of Los Angeles is facing a $530 million budget gap, its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, is urging city employees to take unpaid days off and salary cuts. He told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that he wouldn’t be immune.

Because the city of Los Angeles is facing a $530 million budget gap, its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, is urging city employees to take unpaid days off and salary cuts. He told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that he wouldn’t be immune.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “The mayor is prepared to ensure that I’m leading by example. That everything I am asking employees to do that’ll I’ll do as well. So if, as an example, we ask employees to cut roughly 10 percent of their salary or benefits, I will take the same cut.”

About 40,000 people work for the city. The mayor says he’ll have to lay off 3,000 of them unless they agree to the pay cuts. Employee unions would have to agree to that.

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