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L.A. mayor calls for temporary shutdowns of some agencies (Another Rat spat alert)
Los Angeles Times ^ | April 7, 2010 | Phil Willon, Maeve Reston and David Zahniser

Posted on 04/07/2010 1:38:21 PM PDT by Zakeet

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for shutting down non-essential agencies two days a week Tuesday as he and City Council members remained locked in a standoff over the intertwined issues of electricity rates and the city's worsening budget shortfall.

Villaraigosa's action topped another day of threats and name-calling at City Hall.

During a morning news conference, the mayor said the council had caused the latest financial crisis by engaging in the "politics of 'no' " and accused it of "the kind of demagoguery you see in the Congress."

Those were "the kind of scare tactics you saw around the healthcare debate," he said.

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The mayor directed acting City Administrative Officer Ray Ciranna to prepare to shut down parks, libraries and other general fund services starting Monday. Public safety, trash collection and revenue-generating agencies would be exempt.

"I am duty bound to make sure that I'm not in a position to make people work if we don't have the cash to pay them," Villaraigosa said. Union leaders questioned whether the mayor had the authority to enact what amounts to a furlough program in which thousands of city workers would see their paychecks cut by two-fifths.

"We take this absolutely seriously," said Julie Butcher, regional director for Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 10,000 city employees. "The mayor's endangering services and people's lives."

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Freeman told council members that the failure to approve an electricity rate increase had "decimated our financial future."

He noted that on Monday, one of the nation's top bond-rating agencies withdrew a AA rating on two DWP bonds worth $720 million, which could increase the agency's borrowing costs.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: government; losangeles; seiu; shutdown

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa directed acting City Administrative Officer Ray Ciranna to prepare to shut
down parks, libraries and other general fund services starting Monday. Public safety, trash collection
and revenue-generating agencies would be exempt.

Quick Summary of the Latest Crisis from the Left Coast: The city will be insolvent in a few weeks. The Libtard council would like to raid a fund in the city's utility, but the P&L folks won't budge unless they get a rate increase to pay back the theft. The city council has refused, knowing the higher rates could lead to their ouster. The result is a "Mexican Standoff" with the clock ticking. Mayor Romeo has proposed shutting down some non-essential city services, and this is making the unions howl.

1 posted on 04/07/2010 1:38:21 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Sooner or later, probably sooner...the Obama administration is going to call for taxes from people in financially stable states to bail out the Californias and New Yorks.

Red states will be taxes to bail out the blue...I guess it’s in the commerce clause. Everything else is.


2 posted on 04/07/2010 1:40:42 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Zakeet

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3 posted on 04/07/2010 1:40:45 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Zakeet

Hey captain Villaraigosa!....You wanna take care of that mess of yours???? Get busy!


4 posted on 04/07/2010 1:43:00 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: kjo

Too many welfare recipients and too few taxpayers.


5 posted on 04/07/2010 1:44:11 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Zakeet

I bet this Hispano-Racist mayor does not cut taxpayer funding for the Illegal Aliens in LA.....


6 posted on 04/07/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD Hayworth for Senate jdforsenate.com)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

They already changed the schedule for the Central library in downtown L.A. yesterday as per the notices. They have to at least cut the smaller libraries in order to survive.


7 posted on 04/07/2010 1:45:16 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Zakeet; All

What a load the unions are selling - closing parks and libraries is going to “endanger people’s lives” ? It’s called “no mo money”, idiots!

Maybe people would figure out that these ‘non essential services’ are truly non essential.


8 posted on 04/07/2010 1:47:29 PM PDT by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Zakeet

How are they going to ‘shut down’ a park? Will there be armed cops preventing citizens from entering?


9 posted on 04/07/2010 1:48:41 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

Some liberal judge is going to levy a tax on the citizens of broke states/cities/counties. Just watch. Or they will rule that the contracts can’t be broken, that benefits can’t be changed and people can’t be fired.


10 posted on 04/07/2010 1:50:54 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Lurker
How are they going to ‘shut down’ a park? Will there be armed cops preventing citizens from entering?

Not to prevent them from entering. No money to be made doing that. I suspect they'll be issuing tickets for those that DO enter.

11 posted on 04/07/2010 1:52:24 PM PDT by Wissa ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."-Padme Amidala)
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To: Zakeet

LOL! Sooner or later liberal/progressive policies always lead to the “politics of no” - no money.


12 posted on 04/07/2010 1:52:33 PM PDT by throwback
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To: Zakeet
And they have been paying people to work in non-essential jobs because?
13 posted on 04/07/2010 1:59:08 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Zakeet

If the services are NON-ESSENTIAL, why are we taking money from people at gun point to pay for them? OR, not pay for them in this case?

Notice also that WELFARE is NEVER non-essential. Perish the thought people should have to work for a living.


14 posted on 04/07/2010 1:59:42 PM PDT by Rodentking (There is no God but Yahweh and Moses is his prophet - http://www.airpower.blogspot.com/)
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To: Zakeet

If the would stop picking up the tab for illegals they would have plenty of money.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 1:59:50 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: Zakeet

Please Senor - sell more LA Junk Bonds yielding 10.75% because my wife and 10 ninos need new zapatos and I need spinners for our 2010 Escalade.


16 posted on 04/07/2010 2:00:38 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Lurker
How are they going to ‘shut down’ a park? Will there be armed cops preventing citizens from entering?

A lot of the parks in Orlando/ Orange county are surrounded by fencing. They just shut the door and lock it up.

It makes sense. You can't have people wandering around in open spaces unless there is some local government hack on the premises making $105,000 a year. That would just be anarchy.

17 posted on 04/07/2010 2:02:49 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: throwback

the “politics of no” - no money....

Always!.....they cry desperation and good old John Q. Public grabs his ankles once again....


18 posted on 04/07/2010 2:06:17 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: subterfuge

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19 posted on 04/07/2010 2:07:20 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: Zakeet
"P&L folks won't budge unless they get a rate increase to pay back the theft."

It appears the power company needs more bucks to buy green power from wind farms in Utah per whacko laws to decrease CO2 pollution.

California also pays a nifty premium for solar power from two plants in my city in Nevada. Boy, does this little town of 15,000 appreciate the millions of dollars in rent those plants pay us.

yitbos

20 posted on 04/07/2010 2:09:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Zakeet

Mexican Standoff.

Tee Hee!

Shut da gubmint down. The citizenry will not notice. Then they will realize just about every gubmint agency is “non-essential.”


21 posted on 04/07/2010 2:22:06 PM PDT by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Is Tony Villar racist?


22 posted on 04/07/2010 2:22:46 PM PDT by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: karnage

Tony Villar looks like he should be playing the Eric Estrada character in a gay porn version of CHIPS. Has he been seen around Chatsworth or Canoga Park?


23 posted on 04/07/2010 2:25:10 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: max americana
Cut them all...No one uses a library...They are a joke.

We don't need that garbage, and we certainly don't need the tax parasites running government to tax us for this crap. If some idiot wants a freaking book, they can go buy one...

Enough government bullshit.

24 posted on 04/07/2010 2:26:01 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Zakeet

A little more Chris Christie, a little less Tony Villar.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 2:26:27 PM PDT by bayareablues
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To: Zakeet

nya...God forbid they terminate a few pension bennies for themselves...


26 posted on 04/07/2010 2:28:11 PM PDT by mo
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To: Clemenza

Very funny!


27 posted on 04/07/2010 2:30:28 PM PDT by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: Clemenza

Tony Villar is an attention whore, an ex gang member from years ago who tried to pass the ‘bar’ to become a lawyer and failed so often he could not take it again.

Big loser all the way around - dumber than dirt — big time womanizer too — almost everyone wants him OUT now, even many who voted for him. If all this were not so tragic it would be a joke.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 2:33:31 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: subterfuge

Think squatters, think tents and fires and charcoal grills and blue tarps and trash


29 posted on 04/07/2010 2:34:35 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: Lurker

There will be no playground superviser, no police patrol, no running water for the drinking fountain, no water for any fountains or pools for that matter. No repairs to playground equipment, bike/walk trails, or parking lots...

Enter the parks at your own risk.


30 posted on 04/07/2010 2:41:49 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Oldpuppymax

The city is rolling in revenue. They are lying to us, messing with us. Villar’s on a power trip. The only question is whether City Council will stand up to him. If they won’t, will the People...???


31 posted on 04/07/2010 3:18:48 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Depose the Queen: support the conservative congressional candidate(s) of your choice.)
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To: Zakeet
To top it off, it's AGAINST STATE LAW to take money from a Municipal enterprise to support the general fund.

But, don't expect the Attorney General Jerry Brown to endorse that law.

It's happening all over the state. City councils raiding garbage, sewer, power funds etc.

32 posted on 04/07/2010 3:20:31 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: Zakeet

lost angeles deserves whatever happens to it.

the city council told police not to pick up illegals in the late ‘80s.

now, 2/3 of the 10,000,000 are latinos.


33 posted on 04/07/2010 3:46:33 PM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: Zakeet

More popcorn and more coke.


34 posted on 04/16/2010 6:39:57 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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