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Welcome to the most dramatic theatre show in town, the L.A. City Council

Hyperbole or not, Councilman Richard Alarcon was on a tear in today's city council meeting going after city staff (and perhaps himself in a round-a-bout way) for, what he says, was the easy way out of the budget mess: by proposing to layoff 1,000 employees.

Earlier in the meeting, he went after $100 million in taxes owed to the city by parking lot operators--that solves nearly half of the $208 million budget shortfall--and later after the lack of federal stimulus money coming into Los Angeles.

While Alarcon never mentions how much, if any, he has done to help secure stimulus money, he does bring up some interesting points. One: how is it that New York City and San Francisco are doing better than Los Angeles in bringing in recovery money for jobs? Interesting point and true in regards to transit funding, but many of those New York city jobs he refers to are likely teachers, something LAUSD has received money for.