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City Layoffs Start Today: Library, Childcare, Park, & Clerical Workers

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Hundreds of City of Los Angeles employees will be laid off or subject to furloughs as of today, thanks to the start of "an austerity budget" that starts with today's fiscal year, according to the Daily News.

"Of the employees slated for layoffs today, at least 100 are library staffers, 70 are childcare workers, 30 are recreation coordinators and park rangers, and several more are clerk/typists."

The City Council did not come up with a last-minute fix or save yesterday, and so today the $6.7 billion budget they passed, and was signed by Mayor Villaraigosa, goes into effect. This could be the first round of more layoff to come; "Additional layoffs — up to 1,000 — could come on Oct. 1 if the city fails to realize $64 million in projected revenue from the lease of its parking garages, fines for banks that do not maintain foreclosed homes, and increased documentary transfer taxes."