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. Mark

    Mail delivery is a fedral issue not a city issue. The mayor should just resign as we did not have these issues until he became mayor. All he knows how to do is put his face in front of cameras all day long. Anyways a way to help get revenue for the city is to tax all the medical marijuana stores. Let them stay open but impose taxes upon them and the city can make its money back.

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

    LA, one of the most liberals cities in the world, is going broke – yea, liberalism works doesn't it?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. April

    Get rid of the illegals, tax pot and carry out the death penalties in a timely manner. No more paying for these criminals to live and breathe behind bars for 20 years when they have been convicted. The appeals process(es) they are entitled to are insane and very costly to the city and state!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BC659

    Maybe we should do what France does - close down the entire month of August.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reality

    This is one of the most liberal areas in the world and is ran as such – liberalism doesn't work and this is more proof it doesn't. How much more proof do you need? Is a broken country needed for enough proof?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Nice that our city had the money to fly the mayor to Copenhagen for the climate summit under these tough times!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    Maybe they should stop funding for extra police and all that, by not hosting all those narcissistic award shows. Seems like a lot of wasted money there>

    April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beeda

    It is my understanding that LA froze property taxes long ago. Maybe a resumption of reasonable increases would help alleviate the problem. As for Calif. colleges, their tuitions have long been very cheap, much less than the rest of the country. California's time to join the real world has come.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rebecca

    DUH, One4fun, mail delivery is most definitely not a private enterprise. It is, however, a federal enterprise and wouldn't be affected by the city of LA going to a three-day week.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe C

    Mail delivery is not a city run service, it is a commercial business with federal regulations and ties. And I doubt emergency services will be shut down since they run on weekends when the city is closed. You can't have EMT's and Police off on weekends and holidays.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PDeLair

    Mail is private enterprise, however, last I check USPS is a federal agency so local government shutting down will have nothing to do with it. Viva legalization.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BadNews

    We didn't start the flame war!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kjb

    Aren't postal workers technically employees of the Federal gov't? So this proposed shut down won't affect them. Mass transit is contracted out and Metro is a private company from what I have been told so it seems like they would still operate as well.

    What about teachers? There is no way they will shut down schools for 2 days a week. Does this mean there will be less asshole LAPD screwing people for traffic violations instead of fighting crime and making a difference? Oh and hopefully less "Parking Violations Bureau" people lurking around waiting to prey on citizens the moment their meter expires even though the owner of the car is waiting at the cross walk and shouting at the meter maid begging to not be ticketed (true story). Though I don't see how either of these last two things would get cut back because this incessant screwing of the average citizen is how the City makes it money for Antonio's trips.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KV

    Leave LA alone, we have millions of illegals who need healthcare and govt stipends. They need manicures and plasma TV's. What are we supposed to do, not give it to them?

    April 6, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trish

    City workers will have to pick up another job for those two days in order to compensate for the loss. Now where are the jobs for them?

    April 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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