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. Jo

    they should really think about collecting 'illegal' population too! they can't just continue the way they are. something's gotta give.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. richard

    First, to all the folks who immediately blame 'illegal aliens' for every problem. 1) WE ARE ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS, unless you are one of the few indigenous people that populated this land before the European invasion came in and wiped out the LEGAL residents with disease, false morality/piety, and intolerable violence. 2) If you take into consideration all the tax breaks and refunds the majority of us get, I would hazard to say that most illegal aliens in this country pay more in taxes than the rest of us without the privilige of most of the resources that you so claim them to be using up to the detriment of the economy. 4) The current financial crisis is a result of many years of Americans over extending themselves in the private, business and government sectors, unions inflating worker salaries to extremes that are non-competitive and which promote and reward outright laziness instead of productivity, and wasteful beauracratic spending.

    Before you start projecting your own faults on others, take a good look in the mirror. You are either part of the problem, or part of the solution. Volunteer, take a bus instead of driving your car, support local business instead of big box retailers who largely supply foreign made goods, donate something to the needy, say hello to your neighbor. There are a zillion ways to better the world and the problems we have. Blaming the problems that are the result of our own actions on someone else is not one of those ways. In fact, it is outright cowardly.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rolf

    I agree with Bill. post #172, that California ballot initiatives have caused problems. Especially the one requiring a 60% majority of the state legislature to pass a state budget. 50 Democrats and 37 Republicans make up the Cal. State Assembly. In order to pass a budget, 52 Assembly members have to vote for it. 25 Democrats and 14 Republicans make up the Cal. State Senate. In order to pass a budget, 23 Senators have to vote for it. Therefore,the Democrats in the State Assembly have to get at least 2 Republican Assembly members to vote for it. Therein lies the problem. The Republicans can block whatever budget the Democrats want to pass. Nothing gets done. Californians are so against paying taxes that it was just a matter of time before the cow manure hit the fan. There is not enough tax revenue coming in to pay the bills. The illegal aliens and rich celebrities are not causing the problem. The anti-tax voters are causing the problem. They want government services but are not willing to pay for them. How are we going to educate our children if we cannot afford to hire good teachers? How will low and moderate income families afford to send their kids to college when tuition is so high? Do you want only rich kids to be able to attend the University of California? The population of California is approximately 38,300,000. It takes a lot of tax revenue to provide government services for that many people. Let's not be so stingy and cold-hearted.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Marllarde

    This city is quickly looking more and more like a Mexican city. It cannot provide the same level of services to so many poor immigrant and illegal aliens. If people do not shed their fear of speaking the truth about what is happening and stop it cold, this whole state and country will fall.

    It's just like the fall of the Roman Empire.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mark Marllarde

    We in L.A. do not demand too many services. The roads are crumbling. The police do not respond unless there is a violent crime in progress. The schools are filled to the brim with foreign nationals.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nina

    #173 In referece to your question, how would giving city workers 2 days off a week with pay help mitigate the citie's budget woes? That's just plain stupid and proves #172.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mac

    Hey, what about those ilegal aliens working all those jobs YOU people don't want to do!!! What about that? Instead of blaming them, why don't you propose an idea? Here is an idea: why don't you READ some history and find out why is the reason of so many 'ilegal aliens' in the U.S.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeffrey93

    "Stop giving your city and state away to the illeagles"

    Oh man that was funny. Maybe if the non-"illeagles" could speak the language the "illeagles" wouldn't flock north to take jobs. You might want to get a better grip on the language before you try giving the "illeagles" the boot!

    April 7, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. ed_bolanos

    Angelinos pay taxes to fund government, they pay higher utilities than they should since DWP has extra profit to give to the city to fund city overspending. Villagrosa wants even more money to put in a lock box for "Future Greening of LA" He also has LA, in this bad economy, pushing to move even faster towards expensive changes in creating green power. What is he thinking??? Los Angeles is ahead of everyone in unemployment, businesses are closing at an alarming rate. Why isn't he doing everything possible to get LA moving instead of hurting the already devasted economy?

    April 7, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    I am not for amnesty of illegals, but I am really tired of people who complain about them. The reason we have so many illegals here is because back in the day when America was booming and even our lean years were good by comparison to other countries, we tolerated the illegals. They knew it, we knew it, the whole stinking world knew it. We all turned a blind eye to it becaue it was good for our economy. Now that we are hurting and Republicans have sent all of our jobs overseas and the Democrats are doing everything they can to finish us off, NOW we start screaming about illegals. Facts are facts. Many of them are going home voluntarily because the US is going down the drain and even they can't find work.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    This is awful. A great city like Los Angles will not be livable in short order if city services are reduced by 40%.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. kim Kaiser

    Hee Hee Hee,,,!!!!

    you are witnessing the precursor to what is fixin to happen to our country if the clown and his court are allowed to continue there course,

    April 7, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Timothy

    Sound's like it's time for a new Governor and Mayor – and let's give a little tip to I.C.E – GO TO HOME DEPOT!

    April 7, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. rose

    @Brian Hamilton been there done that. They already increased our dmv fees, nad the like. they also extended the feed-the-meter times a few hours. They even installed meters that now take credit cards.

    The city is owed millions by a owner of private parking lots yet they do not go after the guy to collect.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. lisai59

    OMG I would never have known that the states was in such a crisis. Obviously it's about time they did some yard cleaning and toss out the rubbish and stop spending too much on stuff they dont need. Hmm sounds like the household budget got way out of control somewhere down the line.
    So what would they close for 2 days? Maybe it will finally mean that a weekend is a weekend.
    Now there are some folks who do need to be on welfare. Working for it would be a good idea as long as they aren't made to something detrimental to themselves.
    Tough job you guys have there. Thank goodness I'm sitting in New Zealand only hearing about this. I must say there are many reasons i'd like to come there... meet friends and see the amazing Mr Adam Lambert, but now I'm kind of thinking twice...

    April 7, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
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