Many commentators have called the city budget approved this week a work of fiction based on false revenue and cost assumptions, and warned it will lead to drastic cuts in city services and could force LA into bankruptcy within a few years because it fails to solve the structural deficit and the looming public employee pension crisis.
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel — a long-time Budget Committee member who will become the city’s financial watchdog on July 1 — has a rosier view . Here’s the email blast she sent out:
is both fiscally responsible and keeps our City safe. We had to make
some very difficult decisions while keeping our pledge to maintain the City’s
public safety efforts. The cuts we did make were dramatic, but necessary to
balance our budget. However, if we didn’t make these difficult decisions
now, it would have been even worse next year.
But it wasn’t all
bad news. I am happy to announce that last night the Council approved my
recommendation to restore funding for Neighborhood Councils to $45,000 for
next year. The Neighborhood Council’s will take the same cuts as the
Council, so we’re all going to have to keep working together to do more with
As you know, Neighborhood Councils are very important to me
and I appreciate the many contributions that you’ve made to Council District 2
and the City as a whole. That’s why I made it a priority to work with
the City Clerk’s Election Division and DONE to restore this money. While
there will still be an overall cut shared by the entire City, my hope is with
these additional funds, neighborhood councils will continue the great work
they do to improve communities Citywide.
I appreciate all
of your work and support through the budget process and look forward to
working with each of you to better serve our