April 6th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

L.A. mayor looking at shutting city down two days a week

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants a plan to be drawn up to shut the city down for two days a week beginning April 12 because of their budget crisis.

"There are no easy decisions or simple ways to solve this budget crisis,” Mayor Villaraigosa said in a statement. “But as the CEO of this great city, it is my responsibility to make these difficult but necessary decisions to steer the city out of this crisis and onto solid financial ground."

Villaraigosa said he hoped a plan could quickly be developed so they could calculate how much money it would save the city while they hold emergency meetings to try and figure out how to replenish the city's general fund.

"We can no longer wait. We can no longer keep saying no," Villaraigosa said. "We must act now."

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  1. Mary

    I am from Engalnd and have been reading these comments with interest. One question. How much weed is smoked in L.A that people believe the tax revenue raised by legalisation would be the saviour of your fiscal problems? Curious.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. reACTIONary

    RE: The Medicaid spending alone is out of control.
    Medicaid is a state/federal program, not an LA city program. It doesn't have anything to do with the city.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. reACTIONary

    RE: liberalism is responsible for the LA mess

    The problems in CA stem from the "taxpayer revolt" starting with Propositioon 13 in 1978. It created an irrational system of governance that encourages spending without being able to balence against revinue.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ddawg

    just like on south park we will all be the minorities soon

    April 7, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jake in echo park

    I can't wait to see how this goes down. I'm hoping for less traffic turning into less smog and breathable air, but I'll probably just get attitude from the girl at the service desk in Rite Aid saying that if the city is shutting down, so is she.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Seb

    I live in Redondo Beach - I assume this won't affect me(?). My concern is LA County cut-backs / furloughs.

    April 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. tax payer for 33 yrs.

    work,pay taxes for 33 yrs. got sick,was denied help from our gov.many times cause i owned a house and vihicles,of course i have a house work for 33 yrs.reason why is our lazy ass american and illegal,and old people that came to this country that sucking out all out tax dollars that suppose to help us working class ,blu collar ,tax payer.in this country of us.our goverment should look into the people that pay taxes and help theme.you dint pay you dont get help.have to fight to get a little help.I use to owned a business,so you know i paid my dues.this is fact,i know people get all the help,w/out or never work in their life.oh no food stamp for me to busy working and paying tax dint have time to have baby and if i did their be to old .lol still wont qualify,all i can say dont belive what it say in the back of your sssecurity statement they send you yearly.guess who work in this area.stop by you ssi,human resourse office.and figured it out why they have all our taX DOLLARS.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Joshua

    @ those who are against "illegals" they do the jobs NOBODY ELSE wants to do and they get paid VERY LITTLE. You're treating them like peasants when they're just as human as you are. Don't give way to petty hatreds.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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