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Mayors urge Gov. not to undermine cities

June 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined the mayors of some of California's largest cities in urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger not to undermine local governments, as state lawmakers consider cuts to balance the state budget.The group of mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Fresno traveled to the state Capitol Tuesday to meet with the governor.

According to Mayor Villaraigosa, cities across the state have already cut their spending between 15 and 20 percent.

"There are creative things we think we could do that help, that allows cities, counties, and school districts to participate, and not unduly forcing us to take cuts that just are unacceptable," said the mayor.

While the mayors said the state should repay cities if it takes tax revenue away from them, the governor said tough decision have to be made given California's wide deficit, which stands at $24.3 billion.

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