City Budget Crisis Has Villaraigosa Seeking a 3-Day Work Week
Nearing bankruptcy, thanks to a stand off over the controversial carbon surcharge, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced drastic action. "I am asking the CAO to develop a plan to shut down all General-funded city services - with the exception of public safety and revenue-generating positions - for two days per week beginning the week of April 12," he said in prepared remarks at a press conference. Non-general-funded departments include LADWP, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX, Ontario, Van Nuys and Palmdale. As for revenue-generating positions, it's likely that parking enforcement will still be in force, but other important city services--think filling potholes--won't be accessible two days of the week.