LA Mayor blasts city council over proposed cuts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fighting moves by the city council to freeze hiring in the LA police and fire departments. Some council members say the plan is necessary to balance the city’s budget. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more …

During a press conference, top brass from the LA police and fire departments lined up behind Mayor Villaraigosa. He blasted the plan the city council budget committee had approved.

They voted to renege on a deal we made with the residents of the city of Los Angeles when asked to pay a little more for trash pick up in exchange for a larger police force and safer neighborhoods. They voted to devastate public safety by taking a thousand officers off the streets over the next two years. And they voted to undermine the fire department by removing 120 officers through attrition.

The city is grappling with a shortfall of at least 500 million dollars for the next fiscal year. The mayor insists that there are other places in the budget to make cuts and ask for labor concessions.