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April 22, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Mayor Richard Riordan released his budget this week, one item caused a spike in the blood pressure of some taxpayer activists. On Page 75 of the budget summary, under the Department of Cultural Affairs, Riordan budgeted $1 million for five parties Dec. 31, 1999. "To usher in the millennium, the Regional Arts Councils will host five regional New Year's Eve 1999 celebrations," according to the document. The proposal is sure to spark debate when it is taken up by the City Council.
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October 18, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles city finances have taken a positive turn thanks to tightened fiscal policies and an improving housing market, the city's chief budget analyst said. A structural deficit of $327 million projected for 2014 has been revised downward to between $153 million and $242 million, according to a budget update released Thursday by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. Santana attributed the improved numbers to agreements that hold down salary costs and trim pension benefits for new employees.
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May 29, 1993 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conceding that the public has been infuriated by its seemingly lavish spending, the Los Angeles Airport Commission adopted a budget Friday that promises to sharply reduce expenditures for travel and contracts with private companies. The cuts come in the wake of scathing criticism of overseas trips taken by commissioners--who operate Los Angeles International and three other airports--and of alleged contract bidding preferences given to allies of Mayor Tom Bradley.
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December 11, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Hall's top budget analyst, who has succeeded in pushing an array of cost-cutting measures opposed by labor leaders, is becoming a lightning rod in the contest to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Union activists have been pressing top mayoral candidates to stake out positions on City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and his approach to balancing the budget, which has included employee layoffs and furloughs, cuts in basic services and reductions in pension benefits.
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December 19, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid a major budget-slashing session Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to pay $220,000 in consulting fees to Planning Director Kenneth Topping, who recently resigned under pressure. Topping announced his resignation on Oct. 30, after a behind-the-scenes effort by critics to remove him from the powerful post. At the time, Mayor Tom Bradley praised Topping's performance, and Topping said he was not asked to resign.
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October 18, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles city finances have taken a positive turn thanks to tightened fiscal policies and an improving housing market, the city's chief budget analyst said. A structural deficit of $327 million projected for 2014 has been revised downward to between $153 million and $242 million, according to a budget update released Thursday by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. Santana attributed the improved numbers to agreements that hold down salary costs and trim pension benefits for new employees.
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May 20, 1989
Prepared by Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon, the $9.2-billion spending plan proposed Friday will be presented to the Board of Supervisors next week. HIGHLIGHTS Highest Los Angeles County budget ever, up 1.7% (or $160 million) from this year. Reserves $10 million for the supervisors to supplement or add programs. Would reduce the county staff to 75,821, down from 76,217. Reflects county's "extreme dependence" on the state. Health, mental health, probation camps and fire suppression camps are significantly curtailed due to state funding reductions.
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February 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
Raymond Chavez sat down at a legal clinic at the Midnight Mission on skid row Wednesday afternoon with two jaywalking tickets in his hand. Chavez, 56, who is homeless, said he didn't have the cash to pay the citations when they were issued last year and he had missed the hearings where he could have contested them. The fines had since ballooned to $821 and led to a warrant for his arrest. A city attorney who listened to his story quickly offered a deal: The citations would be dismissed if Chavez attended seven hours of counseling at one of several social service providers.
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December 11, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Hall's top budget analyst, who has succeeded in pushing an array of cost-cutting measures opposed by labor leaders, is becoming a lightning rod in the contest to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Union activists have been pressing top mayoral candidates to stake out positions on City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and his approach to balancing the budget, which has included employee layoffs and furloughs, cuts in basic services and reductions in pension benefits.
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June 13, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Debra Engle went to a celebration of the city school district's arts program with a dark cloud hanging over her head. Like almost 7,000 other school district employees, Engle had received a preliminary layoff notice earlier this year and could lose her job by midsummer. For the last several years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has faced large budget shortfalls and the school board has approved cutting positions and programs to try to balance the budget. The nation's second-largest school system is facing an estimated $408-million shortfall, and many unions have agreed to their members' taking four unpaid days off. But, depending on the state's budget, district officials could still approve cutting jobs over the summer.
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June 13, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Debra Engle went to a celebration of the city school district's arts program with a dark cloud hanging over her head. Like almost 7,000 other school district employees, Engle had received a preliminary layoff notice earlier this year and could lose her job by midsummer. For the last several years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has faced large budget shortfalls and the school board has approved cutting positions and programs to try to balance the budget. The nation's second-largest school system is facing an estimated $408-million shortfall, and many unions have agreed to their members' taking four unpaid days off. But, depending on the state's budget, district officials could still approve cutting jobs over the summer.
HEALTH
April 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
It's vasectomy day at the Planned Parenthood health center on 30th Street in Los Angeles, near USC. The lobby is bursting with men, women and children. In the adjacent administrative offices that used to be part of a garment factory, Monday morning is always hectic, vasectomy day or not. In one of two call centers, about a dozen employees are hunched over telephones, scheduling appointments and providing information. They handle an average of 2,000 calls a day. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story reported that Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye said the government shutdown would have affected Medicare clients the most.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is interested in stepping into the breach as curator and conservator of the Watts Towers starting this summer as a severe budget crisis saps the city of Los Angeles' ability to continue those functions. Olga Garay, executive director of L.A.'s Department of Cultural Affairs, said she had "a very encouraging meeting" Monday with two top museum officials, LACMA President Melody Kanschat and general counsel Fredric Goldstein, over enlisting the museum's know-how and fundraising connections on behalf of a national historic landmark that's owned by the state and operated and maintained by the city.
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February 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
Raymond Chavez sat down at a legal clinic at the Midnight Mission on skid row Wednesday afternoon with two jaywalking tickets in his hand. Chavez, 56, who is homeless, said he didn't have the cash to pay the citations when they were issued last year and he had missed the hearings where he could have contested them. The fines had since ballooned to $821 and led to a warrant for his arrest. A city attorney who listened to his story quickly offered a deal: The citations would be dismissed if Chavez attended seven hours of counseling at one of several social service providers.
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October 15, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The budget crisis in Los Angeles may have unpleasant consequences for concert- goers, Lakers fans and even Dodgers fans on the day of the first game of the National League Championship Series: gridlock. For more than a decade, the city has covered the full cost of providing traffic officers for events at the Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Coliseum, Sports Arena and former Olympic Auditorium. Similarly, it absorbed part of the cost for traffic officers who keep cars moving around Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.
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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.
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June 17, 1992
The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $3-billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that is down $50 million from this year's budget. "We're holding the line, despite critical needs . . . throughout the city," said Board President Mike Gage. "While this . . . budget will make it difficult, we will do everything we can to assure the continued delivery of reliable electricity, quality water and effective service to all our customers."
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July 22, 1995
Chalk up another potentially disastrous repercussion of the county budget cuts. The financial crisis is threatening services at Fire Station 216 in South-Central Los Angeles. To trim costs, the county Fire Department has proposed eliminating one of the two fire engines at the station. Fire officials say the South-Central station has one of the highest demands in the county for fire and emergency services and that taking away one engine will increase response times significantly.
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January 6, 2009 | Joel Rubin
Even as they touted another year of falling crime rates in Los Angeles and expressed confidence that 2009 could bring further declines, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton said Monday that the LAPD's success in the upcoming year is tied to the city's financial picture.
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April 22, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Mayor Richard Riordan released his budget this week, one item caused a spike in the blood pressure of some taxpayer activists. On Page 75 of the budget summary, under the Department of Cultural Affairs, Riordan budgeted $1 million for five parties Dec. 31, 1999. "To usher in the millennium, the Regional Arts Councils will host five regional New Year's Eve 1999 celebrations," according to the document. The proposal is sure to spark debate when it is taken up by the City Council.
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