December 6, 2012 – Against the advice of the city’s top budget analyst and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee today moved to avoid 96 layoffs of civilian Los Angeles Police Department workers. The committee voted 4-0 in favor of keeping the employees, citing serious threats to public safety if the jobs were not done. The job cuts were among more than 200 approved by the City Council as part of the 2012-13 city budget to save the city some $16 million. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who heads the budget committee, called the savings “utterly insignificant” relative to the risk to public safety and the projected budget deficits in coming years — $216 million on July 1 and more than $300 million for the 2014-15 budget.
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