LOS ANGELES --
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to begin the lengthy process of laying off 400 employees and eliminating 1,200 vacant positions.The city faces a budget shortfall of $350 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The council's vote allows the city personnel department to begin the long process of identifying which workers could be laid off if the council votes for layoffs in the 2009-2010 budget.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has also called for pay freezes, furloughs and increased employee contributions to save an additional $230 million.
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