Thirty-seven Huntington Beach city employees received layoff notices this week as the City Council slashed $11.1 million from the city's current budget.
The cuts, which included freezing or eliminating dozens of unfilled City Hall jobs, were not as deep as initially feared, however.
City leaders had warned last month that they might close two of the city's four branch libraries and relax response times for some emergency services. Neither happened.
A fire engine company staffed with paramedics was saved by making trims in other areas of the department and increasing service fees, said Fire Chief Duane Olson. Neither the fire nor police departments suffered any layoffs.