Monday, April 20, 2009

Beware Information Regarding City Hall That You Hear on 790 KABC Radio

I just turned on 790 KABC radio this morning, and heard the news guy say that part of Villaraigosa's budget plan that will be announced today is asking for city employees to take a 10% cut in salary.

Oh! I was soooooooo happy, because you can only imagine the acetic post churning in my head, so I ran to the computer to start hammering. I check the internet to double check the details, and see that, "Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to unveil a budget proposal today that calls on nearly every city agency to scale back salary costs by 10% as part of his effort to eliminate a $530-million budget shortfall, officials said Sunday."

THAT IS NOT AT ALL THE SAME AS ASKING EMPLOYEES TO TAKE A 10% PAY CUT.
This on the heels of KABC 790 getting the DWP rate increase story wrong, too, over the weekend. Maybe that's cause Rick Orlov at Daily News didn't explain it properly and maybe the radio news guys just reread the mistake.

Villaraigosa budget proposal to include 10% salary cuts

L.A.'s mayor is expected to seek salary cuts even from the police and fire departments, traditionally exempted from such moves. Villaraigosa is attempting to close a $530-million budget shortfall.
By David Zahniser
April 19, 2009
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to unveil a budget proposal today that calls on nearly every city agency to scale back salary costs by 10% as part of his effort to eliminate a $530-million budget shortfall, officials said Sunday. [NOTE: This means a department manager has to cut 10% across the department. Maybe that's by firing people, and NO ONE takes a pay cut.]

The mayor is expected to seek reductions even at the police and fire departments, which traditionally have been shielded from cuts, while moving to merge three other city agencies and find private companies to run city parking garages. [O.K., now Villar's gonna have to head for the hills and he ain't gonna be governor.]

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