Patt Morrison for October 30, 2009

New LAPD contract illustrates fine line between city services, budget cuts

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The L.A. City Council is on the verge of approving a new contract the with union representing LAPD officers that should save the city some $72 million in the next fiscal year by dramatically cutting overtime costs. The concern is that by cutting overtime hours the effect will be reduced patrol coverage and response time by the LAPD. How will the city continue to walk the fine line of slashing the budget without cutting into vital city services?


Matt Szabo, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Frank Stoltze, KPCC criminal justice reporter

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