Eric Garcetti dismissed a new proposal by Los Angeles mayoral rival Wendy Greuel to cut office budgets for City Council members and the mayor by 25%, saying such a reduction was inconsequential given the size of Los Angeles’ deficit problem.
“That’s a drop in the bucket,” Garcetti told reporters after a campaign event at a community center in Echo Park. “What we have to be doing is not only leading by example, as we’ve done, but we need to look at pension reform, healthcare reform, those things that really give us bang for the buck, and most importantly, growing the economy. I think that’s really the long-term path to making sure we don’t have budget deficits at all.”
Greuel, the city controller, said Wednesday she is considering trimming retirement benefits for current city employees.
Garcetti said Wednesday council offices had already trimmed their expenses nearly 25%, a proposal made by Greuel in a speech Tuesday at UCLA.
“That was the responsible thing to do in a recession, so that is something we’ve actually done,” he said. “While others, again, are talking about what they would do, we’ve done it.”