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Facing ‘Devastating’ Shortfall From COVID-19, LA County CEO Recommends Hundreds of Layoffs

Officers from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department guard an intersection outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2013. (Christopher Okula/KPCC)
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The L.A. County CEO says the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic -- including a sharp dropoff in tax revenues and the cost of emergency measures to confront the virus -- have been widespread and catastrophic for county resources.

In a new budget revision released Thursday, CEO Sachi Hamai recommends hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts that would hit nearly every part of county government, including the Sheriff's Department.