Mayor and Clowncil compromise on LAPD hiring near.
From Los Angeles Times City Hall Scribe Phil Willon.
[Updated at 6:30: A threatened cut to the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department apparently will be averted in a compromise reached by members of the City Council.]
[An earlier version of this post incorrectly suggested that the mayor's office had brokered the compromise.]
The council has been considering a police hiring freeze as one way to reach the $530 million in cuts needed to close the city’s looming budget shortfall.
Over the weekend, however, aides to the council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said they found enough money to hire replacements for up to 480 of the 520 officers who typically leave each year through retirements and such. Apparently, the city’s share of property taxes next year will be $20 million greater than expected, and $4 million provided by the federal government could also be used to hire officers. Plus, the council may decide to use some of the $18 million held in city reserves.
The money will only allow the city to maintain close to its current level of police staffing. It won’t be enough for Villaraigosa to continue his goal to grow the Police Department by 1,000 officers, one of the top priorities of his administration.
The council is expected to vote on the compromise this evening.
****Council just voted to approve city budget via KRLA News, more later.......
Councilman Dennis Zine reports on the "Kevin James Show", "that Jack Weiss showed up late and left early, during today's budget deliberations. The only to do so".........., wonder why ??
More from Zine, "budget is mostly resolved pending tomorrow's election results. It is a certainty that budget will face modification".