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Wesson warns of up to 1,400 city layoffs if tax hike fails
LA Times ^ | November 16, 2012

Posted on 11/16/2012 4:09:23 PM PST by null and void

  Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson warned Friday that a failure to win passage of a half-cent sales tax hike would result in the layoffs of up to 1,400 city employees next year.

including 500 in the Police Department, if the March 5 ballot measure is not successful. 

Villaraigosa has called on the council to reaffirm its support for staffing at the Police Department, which has had 9,963 rank-and-file officers in recent years. But Wesson warned that the council’s commitment would probably evaporate without the tax hike, which is expected to generate $215 million

Wesson sent his letter after the political arm of the Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents 10,000 city employees, announced that it was recommending that the union oppose the tax hike. Also against it is the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., whose president argued that the city should look for alternatives to the sales tax hike.

If SEIU Local 721 ultimately campaigns against the tax, the proposal will face a rocky future, association President Stuart Waldman said. "If you've got labor and business on the same page, it's going to be an uphill battle to pass," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


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Let us raise your taxes or da cops get it!
1 posted on 11/16/2012 4:09:28 PM PST by null and void
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How about the public union takes a slight cut to their golden pensions and not raise taxes at all?


2 posted on 11/16/2012 4:13:05 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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Not just da cops! Da firefighters! Da teachers! Da CHILLRENS will suffer!

We NEED this new tax, like we needed all of the other new taxes!

/heavy sarcasm


3 posted on 11/16/2012 4:16:14 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: null and void

Hmmm... let me think... okay, pack your bags and join the ranks of Obama’s growing army of unemployed.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 4:22:55 PM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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“Let us raise your taxes or da cops get it!”

It’s the same old crap, over and over and over and the idjits always fall for it.


5 posted on 11/16/2012 4:34:34 PM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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Thank heavens - had me really worried for a minute. From just reading the headline I thought Wesson Oil was going out of business and I would have to make sure I bought some extra to put next to my Twinkies and Ho Ho’s in my stash area.

Now that I found out it’s just another tax issue in California, I won’t worry about it any more.


6 posted on 11/16/2012 4:36:50 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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Why don’t they just hire illegal aliens? They are cheap and plentiful in LA.


7 posted on 11/16/2012 4:38:29 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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including 500 in the Police Department

Obama's sons approve.

8 posted on 11/16/2012 4:39:05 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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Never miss 500 compared to no food on someones table.
9 posted on 11/16/2012 4:42:16 PM PST by Logical me
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like there's such a thing as a 1/2 cent...
10 posted on 11/16/2012 4:45:51 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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11 posted on 11/16/2012 4:48:04 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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We can have both! 500 fewer cops AND no food on the table!


12 posted on 11/16/2012 4:49:05 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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yeah, sure... but it's prolly worth $500.00 now!
13 posted on 11/16/2012 8:05:00 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

In that condition a bit less that $400, you could get one in VG for about $50...


14 posted on 11/16/2012 8:13:28 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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well, for a SWAG, at least i was in the ball park... 8^)
15 posted on 11/16/2012 8:19:28 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
I was VERY impressed!
16 posted on 11/16/2012 8:23:05 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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thx, it kills me that they think people are stooopid enough to believe/will fall for the 1/2cent raise when anybody with 1/2 a brain knows they always round up, so it's a full 1cent increase...
17 posted on 11/16/2012 8:38:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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