California Cities and Counties Facing Major Shortfalls

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When he reduced the vehicle license fee on his first day in office, Governor Schwarzenegger promised cities and counties he would find the $4 billion needed for local police, firefighters, parks and libraries. But he can-t do it all on his own, and Democrats in the Assembly and Senate won-t take up Republican bail-out proposals until they see Schwarzenegger-s budget. Though most of the Legislature-s gone home for the holidays, leaving cities and counties to rely on their credit cards, San Francisco Democrat John Burton, the Senate's President Pro Tem, had a meeting today with the Governor. We get an update from Burton, Republican Senator Roy Ashburn, the League of California Cities, and a spokesman for Governor Schwarzenegger.
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Warren Olney


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