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LA’s Budget: How The Fiscal Emergency Could Impact City Workers




Mayor Eric Garcetti answers the media's questions outside Council Chamber.
Mayor Eric Garcetti answers the media's questions outside Council Chamber.
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The L.A. City Council earlier this month declared a fiscal emergency, paving the way to approve buyouts for city employees and a furlough program for nearly 16,000 workers.

The council also voted on an amendment to negotiate a delay for raises called for in the current contract with the police department, but the effort failed. The city needs to bridge a huge budget shortfall that’s only growing as COVID-19 continues to shrink tax revenues. Mayor Eric Garcetti first proposed furloughing workers in his belt-tightening budget in April.

The council, hoping to ward off furloughs, delayed those cuts in favor of a buyout program -- in other words, paying people to leave the city payroll. But the buyouts fell short of the city’s goal, and attracted just 1,277 employees, fewer than half the number needed to forestall furloughs. Garcetti has warned department leaders to prepare for potential layoffs as an attempt to soften the blow of the budget shortfalls. Today on AirTalk, we discuss what the city is up against and what it could mean for city workers. Do you have thoughts? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

With files from LAist. Read more here.

Guests: 

Jack Humphreville, member of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, a group that gives feedback to city leaders on the budget, and a contributor to CityWatch, an online publication covering issues involving the City of Los Angeles; he tweets @Jack90020

Ron Galperin, Los Angeles city controller; he tweets @LAController