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Villaraigosa Takes Swift Action to Save City Budget, Orders Elimination of 1,000 Jobs

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After the L.A. City Council failed to close a $212 million budget shortfall during a marathon-length meeting yesterday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took action, directing the elimination of 1,000 positions among other moves. "If we have to choose between funding firefighters and police officers or continuing to operate golf courses and parking meters across Los Angeles, I choose public safety and I will do everything possible to protect those priorities," he said.

Some 360 of the 1,000 employees could be moved to other departments not affected by the budget crisis. That's because the LADWP, Airports and Port of Los Angeles are not under the general budget, which pays for basic services, according to the LA Times.

“We’re living beyond our means, we have difficult choices to make, we must protect our economic future,” Villaraigosa said. “Unfortunately, instead of making progress, we are headed in the wrong direction. That ends today.”

The Mayor's three-page memo to Department heads is above.