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. JP

    Stop choking Citizens to hide your incompetence to cut rhe right costs at right places, Mr Mayor. You will shut down essential services to harass citizens more and make them realize how important is government service, instead of finding ways to provide services efficiently without raising taxes. You were the mayor when sales tax was hiked. You promised removing gridlocks in LA! You promised green jobs with President Obama and your DWP wants to hike rates to sustain your city! Mayor, your are doing something wrong. Reduce school overhead, increase classroom sizes, levy fees on kids of illegal immigrants, Stop adding taxes and fees at Airports, car rentals and the last thing is revenue collection by your cops citing wrong tickets on citizens, making traffic courts a banana republic. California has most expensive vehicle renewal fees, LA has highest insurance rates and the government gouges citizens, sides with refineries to promote green crap. We are citizens, not your maids Mayor, Governor and Mr President.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary

    Legalizing marijuana will not increase revenues and erase the state budget deficit. The amount of regulation and policing required for sales of pot would offset any income from taxes levied on the sales. Look at how much it costs to regulate alcohol and tobacco. We have to have governmental agencies ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) as well as the ABC (Alcohol and Beverage Control) to reguate the beer we buy. We will would probably need a new agency to regulate pot sales. In fact, legalizing pot may actually cost us more and increase the deficit

    April 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Casey

    The whole of California needs to wake up–when you make it nearly impossible for businesses to succeed in your state, guess what? They leave. Tax revenues decrease and then all of the giveaways that were placed on the backs of taxpayers and business become impossible to pay for.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    Well, it looks good on paper, Reality is something else....comments have posed some very good and interesting questions and statements. Give it try, if it doesn't work; "I'd turn back if I were you."...

    April 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pfly

    Looking at California is like looking into the future of America as a whole. A wellfare state will not survive!

    April 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. berdie

    that's just going to make things worse. there's probably lot's of people on budgets as it is and if their hours are cut that drastically they won't be able to pay bills and end up homeless. personally, i believe this decision would destroy LA rather than help it. i'll bet crime will go up.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sforce

    Thanks Obama for this mess you put us in. All companies are paying huge fines, and don't even have the cash to pay to employ anymore. Thanks Obama. Thanks Obama for not closing our borders, rather opening them up even wider to illegal aliens so you keep getting votes. Thanks Obama. Thanks Obama, for ruining what was once a great country, you did great and so did your puppet followers.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lawrence Ho

    Dear Mayor

    It's been a long time telling this great city to cut-off the city's fleet since everyone is using it for their own benefit doing their personal errand

    Thanks

    April 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric

    Why isn’t the city looking at reducing costs rather than just cutting services? Shutting the city down 2 days a week reduces services to the taxpaying citizens. The private sector has had to do more with less for years, it’s high time the bloated public sector learned how to operate more efficiently. Rather than cut services, the city should figure out how to provide an actual value to the taxpayer. As part of this story, the city’s compensation practices should also be disclosed. The number of city employees making six figure incomes is astounding. Add to this the extremely generous benefits packages and it’s no wonder the city is nearly bankrupt. For example, public safety employees are eligible to retire at age 50 at 90% of pay. Unsustainable pay practices like this are bankrupting cities all over California, as well as the state government itself. When are our civic "leaders" going to do something about this and stand up for the taxpayer?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Otto

    Oh my, so many comments; my eye are hurting. How many people have given thought to the fact that there are over 8 million people lost their job? That's eight million using unemployment, 8 million no longer paying taxes AND the taxes that would be collected from those 8 million is in fact less in the state and local government budget.

    With an economy loosing 800,000 jobs per month recently and has just began to become stable, it takes time to (a) continue paying unemployment, plus all the other services needed at every level. I can't say waste is not involved but the big picture speaks for itself. Every state has problems and only a very few is in the black.

    The blame game makes no sense, it is tough every where and those of us still have a job should give thanks.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SoSad

    This is just awful. I live in the city, I pay nearly 10% sales tax, not to mention all of our other taxes. Where is all of our money going? Who is mishandling it? Why are our CA representatives the highest paid in the country? Programs for illegal aliens are draining our city and state and we continue to allow it. When will people understand if you don't have money you cannot spend it and start to cancel programs. I need to move, this city and state are falling apart.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    How stupid is this. I'll bet they still have ton's of entitlement programs (free health care for illegals etc.). How about government stops giving away money and spends tax revenue on the citizens that pay taxes? Police, Fire, roads, parks. If you don't pay taxes, you don't get squat from the government.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marco

    Posted by: J Powell – Stop giving your city and state away to the illeagles

    Hi J, what's an illeagle? Is that some type of bird that's not feeling too well?

    If you wish to spread hate, please spread it with proper pronunciation.

    Thank you.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MarkRSM

    Dear ebooks2010com,

    Yes, it would seem you are not from CA, we have union contracts, and these great contracts that were created by our liberal government does not allow us to cut their pay.
    But it gets better, we can not cut the pay of the retired people either, we give them cost of living increases every years. We have 16,000 people in CA collecting over 100K a year in retirement pay. CA is not broke, we are corrupt, we have allow the unions to control the elections, and the working people of CA are footing the bill.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. robert

    So for 2 days there are no traffic tickets, no city sales taxes, no need to feed the coin meters....?

    April 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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