Today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his proposed 2012-13budget. In response Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement:
“With the release of the Mayor’s 2012-13 budget, I will convene a series of hearings of the Budget & Finance Committee,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “During two and a half weeks of daily meetings, we will hear from each city department, the public and others to shape a leaner, stronger Los Angeles.
“Since 2008, this city has been forced to deal with the worst recession in our lifetime, which has resulted in significant deficits every year. At the same time, the city has struggled to address a structural deficit that has caused a reduction in the services on which our residents depend. Our budget must reflect our city’s values, and our commitment to public safety and core services, yet it must also be based on a long term strategic vision based on efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.
“Our collective success in formulating such a budget will determine the future of Los Angeles and whether we will have a city that does not merely remain solvent, but is set on an enduring path to growth. It cannot be acceptable to any Angeleno to continue a seemingly endless process of delaying hard choices and slowly bleeding city services away.”
Starting April 27, the Budget & Finance Committee will hold a series of hearings to delve into the intricacies of the budget. The complete schedule is available by clicking here.
Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley and the foothills. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.
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