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L.A. Must Lease 9 Parking Garages to Private Operators or Sack up to 1,000 Employees

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To lease public parking garages or not? That is the question the Los Angeles City Council will be facing today. Actually, if they do vote on the matter, it will be to solicit bids, and once they are in, they will decide to go through with it. But if they don't, the city stands at greater financial peril, meaning up to 1,000 city worker layoffs and more furlough days for those who are spared.

"Some of the folks (council members) who wanted to avoid furloughs and layoffs need to make sure they make this deal happen," Council President Eric Garcetti said. "You can't have it both ways. You can't kill this deal by a thousand cuts and argue against layoffs and furloughs."