Long Beach leaders pass city budget

LONG BEACH, Calif. The Long Beach City Council passed a budget Tuesday night, but details were not immediately released.

A city official said there was last-minute tinkering, but the budget was passed.

No layoffs were announced.

The official said negotiations were continuing between the city and all city employee unions.

The Long Beach Police Dept. was praised for its efforts in working with the budget process.

Further budget details were expected to be released Wednesday.

Two budget proposals were on the table earlier Tuesday. Plan A would only cut 116 jobs, but it depends on employee unions agreeing to skip pay raises in the year ahead.

Plan B would cut 195 jobs, including 72 police positions and 18 from the fire department.

The city faces an $18.5 million deficit.

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