Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick called Monday on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to look seriously at contracting out services as a way of addressing the city's budget woes.
With a budget shortfall of $432 million expected by July 1, Villaraigosa and the City Council need to take a hard look at such concepts as hiring private companies to pick up trash and leasing out municipal buildings, Chick said.
"Nothing is too sacred for discussion and scrutiny," she said.
Chick made her remarks as she released a report on "public-private partnerships," efforts by government agencies to work with the private sector. The report said the city should examine such opportunities as leasing Ontario International Airport, hiring a nonprofit to run the city's animal shelters and contracting out its wastewater management.
Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor has already tapped Michael Keeley, a onetime aide to former Mayor Richard Riordan, to look at contracting out the city's parking garage management. Szabo said Keeley would also look at the possibility of contracting out janitorial services and maintenance of parking meters, along with other items in Chick's report.