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. Scott

    This would strictly effect non-emergency personnel only. Also, only Gov't employees would would be affected. The city cannot and will not order private businiesses to close. This is for Government reduction, not mom and pop stores. The police and EMS will continue as normal. Furloughs will be considered. Also, they should get an independent audit and eliminate the extra positions. Legalize your marijuana and the state should sell it. And sell it cheap, this way not only do you undercut the street corner seller, but you generate some tax as well. Keep possession illegal if you have more than would be considered personal use. Think of 2% across the board salary cuts. Reduce what the counties pay for employee health insurance premiums. It wont be pretty, but it can be done. People are just too scared to be the "mean" one and make others hurt for the overall well being of the city/state.

    April 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hey Mayor take a cut in your pay

    why not all in the top 10% execs positions take a cut in pay.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Russ

    I went and saw the movie 2012 and when LA was destroyed and went over into the Ocean the entire movie theater gave a standing ovation (hows that for a public opinion of that slum). Or We could solve some government Debt if we sold California back to Mexico wile we still can before they completely taken over anyway. If we instituted Marshal law and did a door by door search and checked the Id of everyone we could deport half the population and solve California's problems for them!!!!

    April 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mac

    Maybe you'd save some money if you only spent it on U.S. taxpayers mayor !!!

    April 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JR

    Thank your local government union members for this the next time you see them.

    Won't fight over contracts to balance a budget, but they cut services to the public. Now that's having a great sense of the proper priorities! Keep those union wages high! The public, who cares! Feed the union!

    April 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    California's problem is it's ballot initiatives. It has allowed knee jerk reactionaries to politicize and mobilize fiscally irresponsible initiatives that become law. Sure – politicians can be ineffective at times. The problem is giving the uneducated rabble (aka – general population) the power to make massive changes to law is pure insanity. The legacy of Proposition 13 and subsequent stupid legislation have finally borne fruit. And now the folk that created that mess are standing, screaming for blood – waiting for the politicians to fix the mess that ordinary folk created.

    Sure – blame everything on illegals, liberal Democrats – whatever. The real blame lies with the average homeowner that legislated his way to lower taxes at the same time demanding mode and more services. Did they think Tinkerbell was going to sprinkle pixie dust and make it all possible?

    End ballot initiatives. Raise local, property and income taxes at the same time modestly reducing services. It's the only way

    April 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Forbes

    Paid time off or unpaid for the government employees?

    April 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. damion hardin

    this isnt just LA, and the problem is obvious....there are two ways to solve a broken budget, raise taxes, or cuts service. we are afraid as a nation to take the money from the rich,( so we we suffer)

    April 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sue0815

    #172 (bill) raising income taxes is nonsense. We already pay more income taxes than the rest of the country.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sue0815

    @Brian Hamilton – much of what you propose has already been done. I doubt you would want to pay our car registration fees. I pay $90 a year for a car that's now 13 years old. It used to be less than $60.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Why is it that DWP refuses to hand over 80 million dollars to the city of los angeles?... because the DWP wants a HUGE rate hike to cover their HUGE pay. If the city council agrees to a rate hike, then DWP will forward the millions to the city. So we will get SCREWED BY THAT JACKASS MAYOR OF OURS AND WE ALL GET RAPED BY ANOTHER 5.7% INCREASE!!! I don't know about all you out there, but this crap is enough. A corrupt mayor/ former gang member has ruined this city with incompetant leadership.

    I've noticed that ALL L.A City Council Members are among the highest-paid elected city representatives in the country. At almost $180,000, they make more than Members of Congress and many governors. Taken as a group, they employ a staff of about 320. For comparison, the White House staff is about 480. Not to mention take home cars, city credit cards, ect. How about slashing so called "discretionary funds." Not only does each council member get a budget of $100,000 per year to replenish this fund, which can be used pretty much any way the member wishes.

    I'm not racist by any means, but it's time to stop given money to illegals!!! It cost over 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS in Los Angeles County to support medical needs to illegals. The LAPD is under strick policy not to take into custody illegals, unless they're suspected of committing a crime. Since they're here illegally is'nt that a crime?

    Signed............. PISSED OFF AMERICAN.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AbnerMalady

    The new LAPD HQ cost over $450 Million. That's $250 Million above budget.
    Indict and fine those who oversharged our city, and hold Bill Bratton and little Tony VIllaraigosa responsible for bad management at best and more likely outright corruption.

    The way out of this fiscal mess is not to put more people out of work. We need a real jobs program now. The banks and capitlaitsts won't do that – they want to destroy US workers and make us as poor as the other countries they control.

    Register to vote and support alternative political parties, particularly Peace and Freedom, the Greens and Libertarians. Vote no on 14 this June and yes on taxing marijuana in November. Demand that Congress pass a meaningful jobs bill, halt foreclosures and establish a national bank to provide loans to small buisiness and homeowners. And take the burden of health care management off of buisness by adopting an Australian style health care program.

    And please stop blaming hard working "illeagles" unless you want to bend over in the hot sun picking strawberries all day for low wages.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MikeG

    I imagine these city workers will need to take a pay cut while all the irresponsible folks on welfare and other tax-funded programs can still get their checks. I'm not a fan of big government, but cut spending that supports irresponsible behavior first.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ivorywire33

    Second only to New York? Why would California be second to New York when California has a greater population? You must be under the impression that NY is the biggest state. It is in no way, shape, or form the biggest state. And eventually NYC won't even be the biggest city. Just give it time.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    For everyone out there commenting on the money going to illegal immigrants, I suggest learning a little more about just what it is "illegal immigrants' do in this country. Perhaps you wouldn't be so quick to judge. Most illegal immigrants do the jobs that, sadly, many U.S. citizens would never want to do. Want to sit and pick cotton in a field all day, work on a farm long hours in the hot sun? Many of the less desirable jobs out there are being occupied by illegal immigrants. If you want them gone, then expect the consequences. Higher priced food, clothing, etc.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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