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

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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.

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