When Eric Garcetti takes office as mayor of Los Angeles next month, one of his first tasks will be to lead contract negotiations with unions for more than 29,000 city employees that spent more than $2.7 million trying to defeat him.
Los Angeles voters elected Councilman Eric Garcetti as mayor of the second-largest U.S. city, replacing Antonio Villaraigosa and inheriting a budget that relies on city unions to forgo 5.5 percent raises next year and uses about three-quarters of a reserve fund.
The job of making Los Angeles run more like a business to cope with budget deficits that may exceed $500 million in four years belongs to the son of illegal Mexican immigrants who grew up poor in the city’s suburbs.
Los Angeles bonds are beating the $3.7 trillion municipal market even as leading mayoral candidates oppose a measure to raise the sales tax while also vowing to eliminate a $450 million-a-year business levy.
Los Angeles taxpayers spent almost $15 million last year to subsidize the city zoo, enough to pay 300 rookie cops. Expenses included $2,000 to clear up the bladder infection of a guinea pig named Sophia.
Los Angeles faces tens of millions of dollars in additional borrowing costs after the City Council told anti-Wall Street protesters it intends to cut ties with banks involved in financial wrongdoing, Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
Los Angeles should take steps such as forcing workers to take more unpaid days off to close a budget gap that may grow more than sixfold if it fails to lease nine parking garages, two city officials said in a memo.