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. Bill Halling

    WHY, do we close city offices and goverment agencies when were sending money over sea's? Keep our money here and help OUR people. We close 14 of the 24 rest area's in Virgina to control cost's. Do we not have enough sence to lease these rest area's for 99 yrs to the private sector, like a fastfood chain and require they maintain the rest area in the lease while providing income and not to mention JOBS for the american people. What has become of this country? I think it's time to put business people in office,, not politicians.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. goodemoney

    As a former resident of Los Angeles for more than 30 years, I'm sorry to see the city in this condition, but there are some obvious ways to reduce the city's budget without going to a 3-day work week.

    One way is a 10% employee reduction across the board, including police and fire who are usually deemed untouchable. The city would still have enough police officers to keep the city safe if they concentrated on prevented violent crimes and stop busting people for victimless crimes like drug possession, prostitution, etc.

    Conservatives may want to argue that these are not really victimless crimes, but when hard choices have to be made who would you rather the cops concentrate on, the doper with a couple joints or the rapists and murders.

    Speaking of dopers, California is already considering legalizing marijuana, and this budget crisis makes it obvious that it should be legalized and taxed to raise much-needed revenue.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam F.

    Oh, and for those of you who say "Liberalism doesn't work", any system ending in "-ism" really isn't all that it is cracked up to be. Reagan conservatism and the upside down pyramid of trickle-down economics REALLY messed us up, so I wouldn't just say that liberalism is the only thing that doesn't work either.

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

    They're probably talking about something similar to the furlough days the State government has already imposed, where government employees in offices (the folks down at the building permit office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, things like that) are forced to take days off without pay. The State has exempted the Highway Patrol, prisons, and such other services from such. There's no reason to believe it would be different in L.A.

    So more than likely, it means the city's administrative staff would be working just more than half-time, while the police and fire are still going. The city does not have the authority to shut down privately owned businesses (and why would they want to?)

    Also, in most cities the transit and trash services, like schools, are run by a seperate agency, and thus would not be inherently affected by this (although they may have cuts too, they'd be announced seperately).

    April 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rose Billendahl

    So the City of LA plans to reduce service to 3 days a week. My question is will any one actually notice?

    April 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Arine Ward

    First and foremost...California is Republican Run...not Democrat

    Second: LA only paid for the workers of the Michael Jackson funeral...I don't think the family asked the city to pay...They could have let all the wild loose cannons run free...

    Third...Stop being so immature and Grow Up...

    All of this madness is chaotic...Misery loves Company...sweep around your own front doors...your stability isn't guaranteed!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Simplehecho

    Why is it that all fiscal problems are blamed on illegal aliens? For those who say that we spend too much on them, back that up with some proof. This is the price we all pay for wanting cheap produce, restaurant food, landscaping, etc. We complain about 10% unemployment but many of those unemployed refuse to work at a fast food restaurant or washing cars. If we truly are serious about putting some of those unemployed to work, then we must be prepared to pay almost double for everything..

    April 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    The two day shut-down is only for city employees and yes, it will reduce their take home pay otherwise it would not be cost saving. It does not include private business.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christian

    @ Carlos, You are in Northern California, the southern part is called Mexico.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Mail delivery will not be effected, it's performed by the USPS and is not a city job. What they really need to do first is to cut all overtime pay for Police/ Fire services. The amount of money wasted on OY pay is BAD MANAGEMENT!!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EB

    Wow, does this mean that taxpayers will not be charged for services not rendered??? Try cutting retirement benny's back to something close to what the private sector offers and problem solved.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Howard3

    What is unemployment in Southern California? 10%? The simple solution is layoff the same percentage of City employees. That would provide an immediate 10% budget savings, and longer term would give a 10% savings in all their retirement benefits. The best part of this will be that traffic will be GREAT

    April 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. another poster

    hmm, guess the CEO of LA seen his bonus going to the dogs so he has to take direct action.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    I have only glanced through a handful of posted comments and am shocked at how many people do not know that the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE is a federal agency! So if the idiots in LA shut down an extra two days that would not include the UNITED STATES postal system. FED-EX, UPS, and other postal business' are different they are private corporations who would still be able to deliver mail but will anyone be there to sign for it? When a city like LA spends tons of money to facilitate transportation, security, and time to celebrities and movie promotions then maybe they should look into cutting those expenses. That combined with keeping the illegals out so they stop depleting our resources ie. insurance, hospital/medical care, tax evasion, and our schools than that would save more money. These two issues alone would save LA a bunch of money. By the way I am not a Postal worker but when I read this nonsense it makes me want to go postal!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fire Rescue


    Of course there won't be any days without any Police or Firefighters.

    But if the mayor wants to cut two days a week, there may be a pro-rata formula for the hours each police officer or firefighter is on duty. Even though we have emergency services 7 days a week, you know that the individual police officers and firefighters actually have days off, right? So if the mayor's plan increases days off, then mayeb there will just be less officers on patrol. Instead of the normal 5 police cars patrolling your area, maybe it'll just be 4. That kind of thing.

    Obviously, Mail carriers are federal employees and should not be affected.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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