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Los Angeles

Budget advisor to City Council, mayor is hired

July 30, 2009|David Zahniser

The City Council voted Wednesday to hire a new budget advisor, selecting a man who served 14 years as an aide to county Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Miguel Santana will receive $256,803 annually as a city administrative officer, providing financial advice to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council. He is taking the job amid a budget crisis, with the mayor and the council attempting to cut costs by granting 2,400 workers early retirement.

Santana worked for Molina from 1993 to 2007, spending three years as her chief of staff. In his most recent job, he was a deputy to the top executive in Los Angeles County government, overseeing homeless and social services.

-- David Zahniser

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