As Los Angeles prepares to enter the 2010-11 fiscal year, the
neighborhood councils' budget advocates have been busy working on a
variety of issues related to-and voiced concerns about-the city's
current financial crisis, reports of impending insolvency, and the
creation of a realistic budget for the coming 12 months. Beyond that
lie the dangers inherent in looming pension shortfalls and contractual
obligations which bind the city.
The budget advocates-elected by their neighborhood council peers to
represent the 90 community organizations-are responsible for gathering
the concerns, opinions, and suggestions of the councils and forwarding
them to city officials. On March 19, the advocates presented their
views about the fiscal situation to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and
offered ideas about balancing the budget.
City Council's Budget & Finance Committee considers
Mayor's 2010-2011 Proposed Budget
|This past Tuesday, Mayor Villaraigosa presented the State of the City
address, dispensing with the traditional review of the past performance
and the future vision, instead simply focusing on the release of his
2010-2011 Proposed Budget. Promising to address both the immediate
budget shortage and the bleak long term prospects, he offered a budget
that promises two thirds systemic solutions and one third one-time
Critics call the proposed budget an uninspired blood-letting
that fails to address systemic or structural deficiencies while others
simply express concern that the proposed budget barely gets the city
above water, leaving no room for error nor any plan B or plan C at hand
The City Council's Budget & Finance
Committee will be conducting 11 days of hearings to review the budget
in detail, taking testimony from the Department Heads and the City's
Chief Administrative Officer as they go through each category of the
Mayor's proposed budget.
The agenda and schedule of meetings is
A summary of the Mayor's proposed budget is attached.
The Mayor's proposed budget is attached.
information and to leave your comments and suggestions for the budget,