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. chad

    Is this including mail delivery and emergency services etc?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Good new are good news.

    Bad news are good news.

    We love the stock market, yipeeeeah !


    April 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AReallySadPanda

    How does one accomplish this, exactly?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Syphon Filter

    It's a rough and tough job out there in California. I know they will be able to get out of it. There's always bankruptcy.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Powell

    Stop giving your city and state away to the illeagles

    April 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MIKEN

    Hey mayor how about not spending so much on those illegal aliens?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Envy

    what does that even mean? They can't shut down independently owned businesses can they?

    Is this just for city workers/public transit etc?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gabriel

    How will salaried employees pay be handled? Will they get paid a full salary for three days work?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. christina

    ok so i'm not a pot smoker but i agree with the state selling it and getting all the tax revenus off it! this would close the budget and keep people employed. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. People are doing it anyways and have been for hundreds of years, why does it take the goverment forever to figure out a solution its right in front of your face people.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Norm

    It's hard to figure out an accurate budget with millions of unknown illegals sucking down the city's resources and not paying taxes or contributing to the coffers. Once again, they aren't looking to solve the problem, just patch it temporarily.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jeff Redondo Beach

    Makes one wonder if the globe traveling mayor will now cease making trips to meetings so critical LA interests like the conference on glogal warming...

    Also, why did the city allow itself to be held captive by DWP? Isn't that utility providing a service to the city? This is all about how much "surplus" DWP has? Isn't a surplus $ that exceeds your costs? Some one needs to wake up and smell the coffee!!!

    April 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charlie

    What exactly does he mean by "shut down"?

    Like, busses won't run? Or, everyone has the day off? New Local holiday, "Budget Crisis Day"? Someone please clarify.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kellie

    The easy way would be to quit giving everything to everyone. The Medicaid spending alone is out of control. Only second behind New York. New York is not doing much better with thier budget. Someday someone will wake up.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alicia Meier

    Those 2 days are already Saturday and Sunday. Are you proposing 2 additional days?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerry Jendra

    Did he miss the memo, the recession is OVER ? Every thing is coming up roses ! 10% unemployment is the new 'norm'. A less negative number, even though still negative is a positive ! Hmmm, gas now at $3 and rising, food costs up, but no inflation ??
    I guess a lot of Americans missed the memo too ! Cut this, cut that. What are the people going to do only working 3 days? How do you support a family with a 40% cut ? If things persist the middle class will cease to exist !
    Good luck to all those who might have to work 3 days, and 2 with no pay !
    Remember there is no 'inflation' and the recession is 'over'.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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