L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday unveiled a $7.7-billion budget that closes a projected $216 million deficit without resorting to layoffs or furloughs. There’s money to hire new firefighters and purchase new police vehicles, plus funding to fill potholes and pave city streets, which had been slashed because of budget cuts, would be restored.
Despite the good financial news, the Mayor wants to freeze all employee salary increases and wants city workers to contribute 10 percent toward their health care benefits. This is Mayor Vaillaraigosa’s final budget; he is due to leave office at the end of June.
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
Alice Walton, KPCC’s online Politics reporter