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Fix Your Own Damn Sidewalk & 6 Other Ways to Fix the City Budget

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Rick Orlov at the Daily News did a nice job rounding up the Thursday L.A. City Council meeting where, as usual, the budget crisis was worked on. The city faces a combined $684 million deficit between this year's and next year's anticipated shortfall. Here's some of what was discussed, in short form:

1. The Private Sector: City employees and departments have taken cuts, but not contractors. If contractors all took a 10% cut, that could save $15 million.

2. Where the Sidewalk Ends: Millions are spent on sidewalk repairs, something over the past century the city has jumped back and forth on by giving the responsibility to property owners and then putting the responsibility back with the city. Now it may go back to the people. Another idea is to require sidewalk repair when a property is sold.