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The Tax Dollars Shell Game: What to Save & Cut

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Today, Mayor Villaraigosa is set to release budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. He already said we are $406 million short this year and like last year, there will be much discussion and debate at the city council level of what to save and what to keep cut. Here are two lists, a top 5 of what to save and what to cut.

What to Cut and Slash

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  • Political Salaries: There are five Public Works Commissioners who are paid around $150,000 a year. The problem is, they are politically appointed by the mayor, not hired or voted in by the public. Do we really need a department with five highly paid bosses? Salaries should be cut to what these positions earn, not what these positions are favors for.
  • Rec & Parks PIOs: If you don't use it, lose it. The Rec & Parks Department has two Public Information Officers who do what only one could guess what they do because doing outreach with the public apparently is not one of them. We're not saying to fire these two, but to get them trained in how to really do the job right. And for that, they need to spend a week with the fire department.
  • Promotional Crap: If you want to save the budget, add in cutting all those promotional squishy balls, pencils, rulers and other rat pack freebie giveaways. Unnecessary. Get a corporate sponsor to buy them for the city.