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. ken chicago

    California should just shut down. When you elect liberal Democrats you get incompetence. People should run their elected officials out of the country and take over for their survival. If they let the California Dems rule, their families will be screwed. The best hope is an earthquake that destroys the state before the Democrats do!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob sherman

    what does this course of action say? the less people work at government jobs, the more money money is saved and the better the economy becomes? what does this say about the jobs themselves?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steven

    @ Syphon Filter. can a city declare bankruptcy?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Excellent! That means the L.A. government has 40% less time to make decisions to screw up the lives of residents even more! Can we go for 1-day work weeks???

    April 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wally

    I don't believe the City of Los Angeles runs the postal service.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |

    Does anyone wonder why it is democratic votng states and cities that are going broke. Here in Texas we still have a surplus and none of our cities are in trouble and we don't have stste income taxes. We will all suffer because the federal govt is following Ca. and Ny's lead in how to go broke.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carlos

    Seriously. Stop giving away jobs/money/grants/education to illegal immigrants and make wiser marketing decisions. How can a city with so many people be bankrupt. This is why California needs to become 2 seperate states. The awesome Northern part of the state has to suffer because of the idiotic decisions the Southern part makes. We need a N. and S. California NOW!!!!!!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erin

    This is just too precious.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alfredo

    Why don't they impose a "save our city" tax on all those Hollywood elites who say the don't mind paying higher taxes...they got the money!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Karas

    I Love Los Angeles!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary

    Would that include press releases from the Mayor?
    If so, it might be worth it.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. barryg

    Instead of having your trash picked up weekly, how about every other week? Put it in a sealed trash bag and it will stay another week. To run three different trash trucks to pick up trash, recycables and garden clippings seems insane. Imagine the cost of diesel fuel to one run trash truck, times three five days a week. The fuel savings would be tremendous if trash was picked up every other week! Don't even want to get into the DWP mess. We now know who truly runs the city!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    How about shutting it down 7 days a week, or just giving it back to the Mexicans?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CelebsStepUp

    Why don't some of the high-power, extremely wealthy celebrities and millionaires/billionaires help out the city? Or the mayor could create a fund in which people like this could give money as a tax-deductible donation. Why not consider something like this?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tommy G

    I think he is talking about shutting down businesses related to the city. Therefore independant businesses will be open, but here is one thing to consider, if they shut down the LAPD for the day then that city is gonna burn to the ground by sundown

    April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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