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Villaraigosa Not Down with City Council Move to Save Jobs
Although the L.A. City Council yesterday voted to move forward with cutting close to 1,000 jobs, many through layoffs, and making employees take 26 days off through furloughs, they still plan to negotiate a deal with a union to avoid such action. The council called their move a safety net, buying time so they can find a way to avoid the job cuts and furloughs while still eliminating a $405-million budget deficit.
But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who threatened to veto any proposal save for the layoffs and furloughs, said the city is losing $1 million a day without direct action. "We need immediate action to give us the flexibility we need to fix the budget crises," he tweeted. "I won't stand by and allow the City's hands to be tied so that we have no choice but to lay off police and drastically cut fire service. Let me be crystal clear: I will veto any proposal that ties our hands and could lead to draconian cuts to our police and fire services."
Earlier this summer, the Coalition of L.A. City Unions and city struck a deal that would allow 2,400 workers to retire with full benefits up to five years early. But last week, city analysts said that move was only going to save a mere $12 million this year.
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.