City to Cut Watchdog Programs to Save Layoffs

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The LA City Council's trying to close a $530 million shortfall in a $7 billion budget, and major cuts are expected. The big stuff includes possible layoffs, a reduction in hiring new police officers and closing parks and libraries. But some relatively “little” things, including cuts to the Ethics Commission, are raising political questions. Created by a vote of the people, it's being slashed by almost 18% percent compared to an average of less than 10% across the board. Another proposal that has raised a firestorm of protests would cut the budget of neighborhood councils from $50,000 to as low as $11,200.

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Guests:
Jessica Levinson - law professor at Loyola Law School - @LevinsonJessica, Phil Willon - Los Angeles Times - @LATimesWillon, Raphael Sonenshein - California State University, Los Angeles - @SonensheinPBI, Rick Orlov - Los Angeles Daily News - @Rickorlov

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis