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. Rich

    Ola! Welcome to the "Third World", I mean L.A.

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

    I'm soooo glad I live in another state. The leadership in CA is mentally challenged.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. richard maury

    The operative is " quit spending money" it seems politicians keep giving (tax payer) money away thinking that somehow more funds will keep on coming in. Well, we tax payers have to balance our money so, why can't politicians stop spending money they do not have?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james

    As everyone can plainly see....the recession is over so lets close Los Angeles.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MikeJ in Statesville

    Maybe this will catch on in Washington. Less work days = fewer bad decisions.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NickB5

    "CEO of this great city"??? Really??? With that mind set the mayor will probably give him self a raise for thinking this idea up and then a golden parachute when it fails. Just one more reason I'm happy to not live in California.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Birks

    Save money stop paying for city shutdown for celebs.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KingKateKong

    OMG! Imagine what that would do to the traffic?...LA without traffic! What a lovely proposition. The notion makes the budget crisis hardly seem like a crisis!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    Good job. The rest of the Nation needs to take a good look at this. Great idea!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Dragon

    I once asked a scientist what kind of food aliens ate. The Scientist replied,'Beans".

    April 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    As a government employee myself, LA is looking at furlough's. Which means the employees would not get paid those days...

    April 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. One4fun

    DUH! Mail delivery is a private enterprise, has nothing to do with the city finances or budget.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    Just tell obama to print more money.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. neato

    So drug dealers and illegal aliens will be the only people working full time?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Quincy

    Ladies and gentlemen, yet another example of the stupidity that is our elected government on every level. This country is so doomed.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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