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Via LA Now, The Daily News is reporting that LA won't have to buy the cow today because Mayor Villaraigosa is giving away the milk for free:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will take a furlough day today. Villaraigosa, who makes $223,142 a year, will give up $858.26 in gross pay as a way to encourage other city employees to take unpaid vacation days.

"The buck stops with me, and I am absolutely committed to making the hard choices necessary to protect public safety and other critical services."

As reported in the Daily News, the reason for this completely IN-SANE price cutting is the impending budget crisis the city is facing. LA is apparently looking at a multimillion dollar deficit. Ouch. So it's good to see the Mayor setting a good example, especially as he intends to attend several city functions today. The chance to recieve top quality Mayoring at a fraction of retail cost is rare (unless you work for Telemundo.)

However, in a year in which numerous other city workers have taken furloughs to help the budget crisis, is it too much to ask that parking enforcement cops do their part to keep the city solvent?

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6 months away from the jobs ought to do the trick.

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