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Mayor's Big Ideas Merit Big Staff in Era of Little Budget
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa employs a staff that has "grown to be the largest mayoral staff in Los Angeles history," according to the Daily News.
206 people are on Villaraigosa's staff, and their "salaries account for $7.4 million of the $25.02 million budget for the mayor's office."
The Mayor's office says that many of the staff are focused on working on issues that relate to pressing concerns of public safety, such as to combat gangs. Chief of Staff Jeff Carr explains the mayor's need for a staff that is 85 people greater than Mayor James Hahn's and 92 people greater than predecessor Mayor Richard Riordan: "This is a mayor with big ideas and a big agenda."
The Mayor's agenda may be large, but the budget for the City isn't, and these days City employees are losing their jobs and being asked to take paycuts.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.