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Villaraigosa Threatens More Layoffs, Up to 2,000 More

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is not willing to risk the city's insolvency so he's becoming more aggressive with fixing the more-than $200 million budget problem, saying he's willing to triple the number of proposed layoffs, up to 2,000 more on top of the current 1,000 already on a list for cuts. "I can control layoffs," he told the LA Times editorial board. "I can't control that the council will pass anything. I don't have a vote on the council," he said referring to the L.A. City Council, which has postponed layoffs for 30 days last week.

Each day of postponement means four more jobs that must be cut if other budget-saving options are not found. Some say that the City Council has failed to act on balancing the budget, but Council President Eric Garcetti defended the group on Wednesday. "We did not slow down one day on layoffs," he told the public. "What we said: for 30 days... layoffs weren't going to be happening... there was no indecision, there was no failure to act."