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Budget Balancing Blues

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Members of a Los Angeles City Council committee took 50 hours to deliberate, but finally put their stamp of approval on a $7 billion budget for the city.

In the past weeks, news of proposed cuts to services and the elimination of several jobs have rippled through the city, causing anger and apprehension about what life would be like for some Angelenos under the new plan. However, some of the proposed cuts were reversed in the final budget, including rejecting "the mayor's call to postpone an $81million pension payment until next year after the chief legislative analyst found $97million coming from a legal settlement, a property sale and other funds," according to the Daily News.

Other salvaged services and jobs include funds for regional libraries to operate on Sundays, secretaries for the city attorney, and new park rangers to join the Recreation and Parks Department. The LA Times also reports that funds have remained for homeless services, sidewalk repairs, and "cultural activities" such as the Festival of Lights, Downtown on Ice, and "El Grito, a Mexican-themed concert."

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