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. simplesolutions

    Legalize pot and/or same-sex marriages and guess what? There would be MORE than enough money to get us out of the current money problem.... Marijuana disenseries now pay close to $300,000 in state taxes alone and the money that came into the city when same-sex marriages WERE legal??? Hotels, party planners, caterers, florists – most businesses profited. Not to mention, that in reverse, law offices would make money from the divorces. If people would get off of their judgmental high horse (for the bible-quoters try "Judge not lest ye be judged in regards to same-sex marriage), maybe some of this could be turned around...

    April 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Celtics Fan

    I think this is great. I think they should shut down the nights that the Lakers and supposed to play. I think the Lakers should forfeit the games on the nights that the city is shut down. I am only joking. I do think you might want to send a bunch of the illegals home. I buddy of mine suggusted right after Katrina. There are three problems that can be fixed. They need dirt to shore up the leveys in the South. There are too many gators in Florida, and we need to close the boarder with Mexico. Dig a ditch along the Mexican boarder and the the dirt to New Orleans and move the gators to the new ditch. Three problems sloved. No I didn't check my spelling and grammar so I am sure so one will comment about it.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Bori

    Amazing how nativism sentiment exists. Even if all these "drains" were legal, you'd find something else to complain about. These veiled racist comments that CNN is allowing to be posted are no different then the ones hurled at Poles, the Irish, and Italians a century ago.

    Disgusting. Could it be that southern California (including LA) is suffering because of a slowing economy that, coincidentally, also slowed the rate of migration? Because of poor economic planning based on a property bubble that hit California disproportionately?

    What do the "aliens" have to do with that? Or are they just a convenient scape-goat?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s

    I love LA and California, feel sorry for all you haters out there.

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

    Excuse me but California has been run by the Democrats for a long time. We may have a Republican governor but the legislature is controlled by the Democrats. All the problems with the state are the entitlement programs and not being business friendly. Tax and spend is what has gotten this state into trouble.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ivnprt

    You got it wrong Kellie New York is in much better shape than LA. Who do you think

    gave Conan $30 million dollars to leave LA ?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rose

    speaking as an employee of this city.

    we are already furloughed one day every two weeks and now he wants to increase it to two a week. When department of water and power already make 15-20% more than me for the same job before i was furloughed. we do not get to defer our time but MUST take it. Each department is handling the furlough day differently which slows down productivity and already has decreased morale. DWP, Harbor, Airports, and police/fire do not have furloughs. Why do this when you have 100s of employees who said they would retire waiting to be processed for the entire year at their desk?

    The governator has already lost some of his furloughing worker ability in state court and it is in appeals. So the Mayor of Los Angeles is starting to talk pay cuts off the top of our wages. How can he do this when he just added staff to his office a few weeks ago and half of city council members took their own pay increase yet refuse to reduce their own salaries? Leadership and responsibility must start from the top and since Villaraigosa and City council refuse to make the "shared sacrifice" -as he likes to call it, why should we? He spends more time away representing the region than the city. since when did we have a president of greater Los Angeles?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ForReal

    75% of the City's budget is allocated to the Police and Fire Department and the remaining budget, only 25%, is allocated to rest of the City departments. While we luv the police and fire, why is the City only concentrating on cutting back 25% of the entire budget when majority of it remains untouched? Meanwhile, these 2 depts. are still hiring, cops and firefighters are being promoted and retired cops and firefighters have the option of to get a double salary by coming back to work via the DROP program! Huh? The City paid $73 MILLION to recently build a new LAPD DETENTION CENTER WHICH REMAINS COMPLETELY EMPTY and over $1 BILLLON DOLLARS WAS SPENT TO BUILD THE NEW LAPD HEADQUARTERS on 1st St. Geeee, where did majority of the City's money go to? Also, let's remember that this budget crisis is also a result of the housing market crash and the banks' crashing which created a serious deficit and a subsequent domino effect all over the country and the world. LAST NOTE: Villagrosa said that the libraries, tree trimming and street sweeping will be shut down for two days per week starting April 12.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben Brown Jr.

    Born in 1968 in Torrance, California, and raised in the Los Angeles South bay. I lived in southern California for 30 years before finally packing it up to Oregon when the Gray Davis recall train was gaining steam. I saw where this was going, and it saddens me to no end that my once beautiful, great and proud hometown has been reduced to this. Thank you to those with no vision who turning what was once the land of opportunity into a sad f=reflection of its former self.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. james

    Close the city down ? .....what will we do ? .....do you have any papers ??

    April 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Linda in Los Angeles

    I was born here in L.A. What is breaking this state is loss of mfgng businesses (we are becoming a service state); over-the-top retirement etc benefits for state/city workers, over-the-top pay for less hours than most of us work in a week; having the highest rate of illegal aliens and imprisoned people; highest rate of disabled people along with veterans; having one of the highest populations of any large city; the highest rate of burearcratic nonense; the highest rate of waste in government (handouts etc) and entitlement programs. Meanwhile, wages have continued to go south in most cases due to loss of mfgng businesses. Here's the clincher – trying to keep all the social programs going along with that mentioned above by using the new math "hope" budget: That is, 1 plus 2 equals 7. They budget according to projections of tax moneys etc expected in the future and for the past 2 years, much of that expected money has failed to appear. If you or I budgeted like this state does, the IRS would be after us or we'd be in jail or both. They need to throw the baby out with the bath water and start over. Reform: going back to a people based society instead of a money based society. Let wages and living needs settle out and equalize. Let people help other people instead of depending upon govt. Short of that, this state is headed for bankruptcy.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buck12

    California is what happens when you have a state controlled by Democrats. Too many social programs & free services for the huge illegal immigrant problem.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blind

    Just walk down to the nearest check cashing place and see where all the money is going. It is a no brainer, everyone (Illegals) are sending thier money home out of the states. Then when they get sick who pays, the tax payer does.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elena

    I can't believe all the people on here that feel Hollywood is to blame, but illegal aliens don’t cost CA anything! Didn’t the governor recently state that if illegal aliens prisoners where sent to prisons in Mexico, it would save CA one billion a year? Even the LA Times had an article a year or so ago, stating that illegals DO play a part in CA budget mess.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T. Rogers

    Having a 3-day work week for the city would not in any way save money. It would actually most likely make it much worse, as those effected by this would have to find other ways to make money, perhaps turn to crime, or take other jobs which currently do not really exist making the problem worse. Not sure what the thought process here is regarding this proposal, but I can assure you that saving money is not the true reason for this proposal. Something else os going on here. Baste on many decisions made within the government over that last few years, I can assure you that something major is going on here and it does not look good at all for the general public.

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