L.A. begins layoff process for 400 workers

LOS ANGELES 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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