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Large Layoffs at City of LA Means a Leaner City, but Will it Work Smarter?

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday told the Daily News editorial board that a large unseen number of layoffs are coming to city employees. "We can't continue to operate the way we have in the past," he said.

This means cutting non-essential services and keeping core and public services, but he did not specifically name any departments or jobs. The zoo, which could go to a public-private model, was brought up as a $30 million cost-saver. Some say the mayor should put a hiring freeze on LAPD hires, but he wants to reach his goal of 10,000 cops on the streets.

With more departmental budget cuts and layoffs, the city family will become smaller and will be forced to think and work smarter and more efficiently, something that may be a new way of life for some in the bureaucracy.

The city must look to continuing 3-1-1's technology three phase plan which will enable residents to make a variety of requests online rather than through live operators, the LAPD must spend the whole $7,000 it was quoted to have an online system for people to report certain types of crime instead of using officers' time (modeled after city of Lancaster) and LA Fire Department's Brian Humphrey, who has turned his position into an efficient public servant who is more useful and helpful than most public service officers combined in the city, must be used as an example to how all city employees should use technology and customer service to get the job done right the first time (you don't get interviewed on NPR and in Wired Magazine for nothing).

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Technology is the key here, but it's front-loaded and that that takes some investment.

The last time layoffs loomed over city employees, 700 jobs were eliminated, but only four people were let go and the rest filled other positions. This time around, there's little room for that.