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In Veto, Garcetti Asks City Council To Spend More On Alternatives To Policing

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Representatives of labor unions joined Black Lives Matter LA at City Hall on June 8, 2020 to call for defunding police agencies. (Kyle Stokes/LAist)
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Mayor Garcetti issued a rare last-minute veto last night, rejecting a city council spending plan to distribute $88.8 million to a range of projects in all 15 council districts, saying in a letter:

“Far too many of the proposed expenditures do not meet the demands of the moment or the call of history.”

The mayor said the council should go back to the drawing board and prioritize investing in solutions for racial justice and income inequality, jobs for city workers from vulnerable communities facing furloughs and layoffs, and alternatives to policing like a pilot program featuring mental health specialists responding to non-violent 9-1-1 calls.

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