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L.A.'s Transportation Department Likely to See 10% Reduction in Staffing

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In a move to alleviate a $400 million-plus budget deficit, the Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved a program allowing 2,400 employees to retire early. However, ERIP (Early Retirement Incentive Program), as it's called around city hall, is going to turn the city into "swiss cheese," according to the city's top Personnel Manager. 159 Department of Transportation (LADOT) employees have applied for ERIP, but at this point, it is unknown how many will be approved. In any case, department officials are expecting a loss of about 10% of the workforce.

"Since the Personnel Department and LACERS are still working on the ERIP process which will take several months, we don't have an exact number of who (meaning specific job classifications) will be leaving LADOT at this time," explained Bruce Gillman of LADOT in an e-mail to LAist.

"Additionally, other staff have already or will retire independent of ERIP and per City direction, no backfills or replacements are anticipated for either ERIP participants, other retirees or staff departures in general," Gillman continued.