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Will the City Part Ways with the Zoo, Animal Shelters & Convention Center?
With a $98-million deficit still on the books for this fiscal year--a $408 million shortfall is predicted next year--Los Angeles city officials are likely going to be looking at more ways to balance the budget. In the past, we've all experienced these cuts with higher parking meter rates, more expensive parking tickets and the continuing loss of city services as 2,400 employees retire early with positions not being replaced, to name a few.
Next month, City Councilmembers may begin looking at jettisoning or setting up public-private partnerships for certain city departments like the zoo, animal services and convention center, reports the Daily News. "We have to look at what the core mission of the city is," said City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana.
Savings from such a move would be realized a year after a decision is made because of transition time. Both the Zoo and Convention Center currently have private entities involved--GLAZA and LA, Inc., respectively--and Animal Shelters could go to a human organization.
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.