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. Laresha

    How do they suppose the workers will support their families with that decrease in salary wages.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    You could always look at developing the oil supply off CA's coast. Money & jobs!

    April 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tiredofitall

    Reduce the salaries for the upper 25% of city management and retirees by 10% and they would solve a big chunk of their budget shortages! City, state and federal retirements are way more than you could ever get in the private sector....what a racket.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. irrison2

    This is what you have to resort to when you try to buy votes with hand-outs. People do not need a hand-out. That only makes them dependant on government to care for all their needs.
    People need a hand-up to provide help and training to allow them to take care of themselves.
    The days of the endless gravy train can’t continue. California is a prime example of what can happen and it can get much worse.

    California Welfare Stats (Number one in the nation)
    % of pop. on assistance: 3.30%
    2007 spending: $3.28 billion
    Total recipients (July 2008): 1,212,893
    % Change in past 12 months: 10.4%
    Unemployment (May 2009): 11.5%

    April 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John C

    Listen to how hateful and crazy the right wingnuts sound here. No wonder your party is incapable of doing anything right. Maybe some day the right will realize that Hate for America is not the answer to everything.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daniel strelecki

    each county supervisor has over $3M to spend as he wishes. this is called "discretionary spending". how about we start with zero "discretionary funds" i use the county supervisors as an example, because i read about the amount they have. how much do all the other politicians in la have to spend?

    April 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thrash

    Mail is the U.S. government not state government, but feds are thinking about no Saturday delivery anyway, hell some of europe only has a 3 day work week or they take off for 3 or 4 months during the year. im all for it.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lippsn21

    Wow...some of these comments are hilarious!! I believe the mayor can only shut down city businesses...city hall..that kind of thing. It means city workers will be furloughed 2 days out of the week.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jerry

    The Republicans have killed us!

    April 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CL

    All of you blame the Democrats. Don't forget who left the country in such a mess – GWB that's who – the great American who took a country that had a balanced budget and turned it upside down.
    Send the illegals back home where they belong.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dre

    To the poster Envy... Really? You think the city is asking privately owned businesses to shut down? how do you even start your computer if you're asking a question like that?

    April 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ashley

    i have a solution...lets stop paying actors, actresses, and singers the millions and billions of dollars they undeservingly earn each year and put it towards better use...there is no reason that people in that line of work should be making that kind of money...instead why don't we give it to more deserving professions like doctors and teachers and the hospitals and schools they work for...or give it back to the city if you are in such a crisis...i dont think we need to be paying celebs millions of dollars to work a few weeks on a movie or album so they can go buy 10 new cars and 5 new vacation homes and thousands of dollars worth of clothes...its just ridiculous

    April 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred Phillips

    What if we just started making all the naughty celebrities do some useful community service like putting on a concert, or making PSAs for the rest of the country. "Hi, I'm Lindsay Lohan and I was bad..."
    or
    Keep schools open from 6am to 6pm so parents don't have to waste $ on daycare, or risk kids being home alone and ending up in Juvenile detention facilities. We can get the illegals to teach them soccer and reduce the obesity problem as well.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marylander

    I'm on the far side of the country, a safe distance from LA. What amuses me most about this story are the comments. From people thinking mail is private, or would be affected by a city decision, to others not know the simple basics of what a city government can or can't do. A few mentioned concerns about the city schools. I wouldn't worry... based on these posts, it can't get much worse on the education front!

    Good luck to any who live in this city, or any other in severe economic crisis.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sharky

    Well actually City executives have not encountered a pay cut however city employees are taking the burden for the mis-management of City funds handled by City council and their "confused" Mayor. This proposal does not affect public transportation because MTA generates funds. However public health can be an issue if City Sanitation Dept are affected, Refuge pick up or Wastwater divisions. Hmmm, just imagine "poop" running down your streets.... Executives need pay cuts and furloughs too.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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