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LA Unions’ Solution: Don’t Hire Any Cops

From an impressed Los Angeles Times:

Unions offer plan to avoid layoffs of L.A. city workers

The proposal would erase the budget gap, labor leaders say, in part by freezing LAPD hiring. City officials call the plan unrealistic.

By David Zahniser

April 16, 2010

Days before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to release his plan for balancing the budget, a coalition of labor groups said Thursday that it had found a way to cut $432 million without resorting to layoffs.

The Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents about 22,000 workers, said the city could erase its projected shortfall if it pursued a series of recommendations for the fiscal year that starts July 1, including a halt to hiring at the Los Angeles Police Department.

As always, it’s the police who are the first people put on the chopping block. The last people anyone in their right minds would want to cut.

Deputy Mayor Ben Ceja said this week that Villaraigosa plans to keep hiring enough officers next year to replace those who resign or retire. The coalition opposed that idea, saying public safety is also provided by agencies that are being targeted for cuts.

"Public safety means libraries that are open after school, parks that keep kids busy and fire services that respond to an emergency," said Julie Butcher, regional director of Service Employees International Union Local 721, which is part of the coalition.

An LAPD hiring freeze would save $7.7 million, Butcher said. Other proposals include early retirement for 363 city workers,

How kind of them to offer to retire early at full benefits.

[H]igher fees for ambulance service and dog licenses,

Yes, that will surely close the budget gap.

[C]ollecting on $38.2 million in outstanding debts

Debts, which presumably would have been collected by now, if it were that easy.

[A]nd spreading out investment losses in a city pension fund over 10 years instead of five

Ah, yes, accounting gimmicks always work.

Under its contract, coalition members would automatically receive $32.2 million in raises if its members were laid off. That money could be saved if no layoffs occur, the coalition said

Say, how about if the “coalition members” waive this preposterous raise?

— Just kidding. (Covering our knee caps.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “LA Unions’ Solution: Don’t Hire Any Cops”

  1. proreason says:

    Why do they need cops in LA anyway?

    Isn’t that a city of peace and love?

    As a noted bastion of liberalism, it’s hard to imagine there can even be crime there.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    All these ‘smart’ lawyers we keep hiring to run our government! And yet, not one of them can figure out how to save a dime.

    It’s almost as if lawyers don’t have any skill doing anything but micromanaging and manipulating the English language?

    I don’t care how mad I am at Obama, I am not voting for any lawyer Republican to rub elbows with a lawyer Democrat. No Way. . .

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