As the Los Angeles City Council grappled with eliminating the Human Services Department and other humanistic agencies, the debate moved to how much can be saved and what services can be preserved
Finally, Councilman Paul Krekorian asked the right question: What are the core services the mayor has identified, the services he wants preserved? Deputy Mayor Larry Frank dissembled and doubletalked his way through his answer.
He demanded to know whether since the infamous Dec. 17, 2008 memo that first warnedt 4,000 layoffs were needed if the mayor or Council had done anything to identify what are the core services that must be protected.
Deputy Mayor Larry Frank was paying no attention to him when he spoke so Krekorian repeated his question but all he got was meaningless double-talk
In the course of the discussion, Councilwoman Janice Hahn scored points on Frank as well, making it clear that the City Charter requires the mayor to explicit detail what services will be provided and how whenever any department is eliminated.