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Mayor orders 1,000 layoffs to close budget gap

February 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered the immediate layoffs of 1,000 city employees to help to balance the city's budget. The mayor ordered the positions eliminated Thursday, a day after the city council voted unanimously to postpone any action on job cuts for 30 days while they explore other options.

Villaraigosa says his move will strengthen the city's credit rating and its long-term fiscal health.

The mayor says about 360 of the targeted employees may be able to transfer to other positions to avoid losing their jobs.

The city's budget analyst, Miguel Santana, says the drastic cuts are necessary because of the city's $208 million budget gap.

Santana says the layoffs are needed now because delays will only result in bigger cuts later.