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Villaraigosa Shuts Down 2 City Departments, Wants All City Employees to Take Pay Cuts

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When the going gets rough... Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today took the initiative to shut down two city departments, slashing 52 positions and saving $3.2 million from the city's coffers, currently suffering a $212-million budget shortfall. The affected departments are Environmental Affairs (EAD) and Human Services. “The only way to break the cycle of endemic budget shortfalls is with a long-term strategy to maximize efficiency and revenue,” he said. “In the face of continued budget shortfalls, our job now is to find ways to deliver City services cheaper, smarter, and more efficiently.”

In turn, Villaraigosa is creating the Mayor’s Office of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, which will "drive environmental sustainability throughout the City and provide oversight, coordination, and accountability of all city departments," according to press release. "Several key functions and staff members of the EAD will be transferred to the Bureau of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, Building and Safety, and the Department of Water and Power."

Additionally, a "Green Ribbon" panel of experts will be convened to advise the city.