Garcetti is in the running for a post in the Biden administration, just as L.A. emerges from the pandemic, confronts a homelessness crisis and faces huge issues around race.
Former City Councilman Tom La Bonge was ‘an irrepressible cheerleader for Los Angeles,’ said City Councilman Mike Bonin.
The city’s top budget analysts had recommended the elimination of nearly 1,900 positions, most of them within the police department.
Los Angeles faces a projected budget deficit expected to reach or exceed $600 million. Last month, the police union declined to return to the bargaining table, saying city leaders should look elsewhere for cuts.
L.A. officials want to furlough more than 15,000 city workers to help cope with a budget emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak.
L.A. is moving ahead with a plan to furlough thousands of city employees. But to do that, officials say, they must first declare that the city is in a fiscal emergency.
The People’s Budget effectively calls for the dismantling of the LAPD, with the proceeds devoted to housing, healthcare, mental health, parks and many other services.
LAPD officers with college degrees have begun receiving a new education bonus, even as civilian city employees are targeted for furloughs.
In his nightly coronavirus briefings, Mayor Eric Garcetti has struck a tone that is one part stern dad, one part life coach, with a hint of Marianne Williamson.
L.A. is considering dozens of proposals to deal with the coronavirus.