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Villaraigosa Consolidates Two City Departments

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council in session | Zach Behrens/LAist
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In a continuing effort to solve Los Angeles' massive budget deficit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the consolidation of two city departments, which would save the city $2 million annually with the elimination of 27 positions. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees neighborhood councils, will be combined with the Community Development Department. “The consolidation effort will not only create cost savings, but will serve to take the bureaucracy out of community empowerment,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. “This consolidation is an opportunity to create the volunteer opportunities that engage communities and foster participation in our neighborhoods.”

The move, which may be controversial to some, must be approved by the city council. Los Angeles currently has around $212 million budget shortfall with an expected $485 million deficit next fiscal year. Other recent cost-saving moves have included a plan to eliminate 4,000 positions and two city departments. The full press release is below: