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L.A. approves plan to close deficit

December 18, 2008 5:36:48 AM PST
The L.A. City Council has approved nearly $74 million in cuts and fee increases to deal with the budget deficit.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recommended the cuts to close the city's $432 million deficit.

Spay and neuter fees for pets are going up from $28 to $40, and the city will also scale back plans to install left-turn arrows on city streets.

While no layoffs have been announced, they are a possibility, officials said, and there is still a $20 million deficit.

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