City to Angelenos: Budget Only Covers Four Days a Week
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a plan to cut many critical city services down to a "four days a week" program in an attempt to deal with the $40 million budget deficit, according to the Daily News.While many plans have been carefully weighed over the past few months to sort out L.A.'s budget crisis, this plan cuts the deepest and would have the most significant impact on the daily lives of Angelenos.
City workers are already required to take 26 furlough days this year, but may now have to take an additional 10 days and many city agencies would be shut down for one day every week. What would a one-day-a-week shut down look like, in practical terms, for Los Angeles? Councilman Bernard Parks has asked a special committee to report back on the details, but several services are painting a bleak picture.
Animal Services said it will euthanize more animals and will have even more limited kennel space. The City Attorney's office said they will have to reduce the number of prosecutors available to staff courts. The Fire Department said any further cuts, beyond what they've already sustained, "will debilitate our ability to deal with public safety."
A decision on the plan will be made by January 30th.