L.A. City Council decides to implement job-elimination plan

08:34, May 19, 2010      

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Faced with a multimillion- dollar deficit, the Los Angeles City Council has decided to move ahead with plans to eliminate 761 public positions, it was reported on Tuesday.

On an 11-4 vote on Monday, the Council pressed forward with an array of cuts, eliminating dozens of child-care positions, reducing library hours and drastically scaling back the number of trees that will be trimmed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The latest move came after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Council agreed to reduce the size of the city's payroll by giving early retirement to 2,400 workers, laying off 100 employees and transferring more than 300 workers to agencies unaffected by the budget crisis.

The job cuts are scheduled to go into effect in the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The Council also approved between 16 and 26 furlough days over the next year for certain civilian employees, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the 6.7-billion-dollar budget was approved on a 13-1 vote. As part of that fiscal plan, the Council backed away from some of the planned reductions. Further details were not given.

The Council preserved 1.3 million dollars that was scheduled for elimination from the mayor's anti-gang program.

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