EDITORIAL PUTTING OUT FIRES AND OTHER CITY SERVICES IN BUDGETARY CRISIS.
A Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Fire Commission panel wants the city to hire 500 paramedics over the next five years to alleviate critical shortages and to staff new stations to be built with newly approved Proposition F bond funds.
But where's the money going to come from?
Paramedics are among several critical needs the city has: City Hall needs to hire more police officers, more firefighters, more animal-control officers, more people who provide services to the public.
And the public still hasn't heard how the city's going to pay for the Rampart police scandal and for up to $50 million a year in extra costs because of the rush to let the U.S. Justice Department seize oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).
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Add onto that all the promises made by all six candidates running for mayor who can't help themselves when they visit a new neighborhood. Sure, you can have anything you want whenever you want it, they all chirp in unison u·ni·son
a. Identity of pitch; the interval of a perfect prime.
b. The combination of parts at the same pitch or in octaves.
For a city that has neglected its streets and sidewalks for a generation, allowed its neighborhoods to deteriorate de·te·ri·o·rate
1. To grow worse in function or condition.
2. To weaken or disintegrate. and abandoned its children, promising people everything is sure to get very expensive.
In fact, the bills - compounded with lucrative pay raises to be doled out Adj. 1. doled out - given out in portions
apportioned, dealt out, meted out, parceled out
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up to city employees next year - would put Los Angeles into bankruptcy.
Of course, promises can be broken and needs left unmet, just as they have been for the past 30 years.
What can't be so easily ignored is the city's mounting debt. The public was snookered last week into approving Measure F, the $532.6 million bond issue that will increase property taxes on the average home by $33.60 a year for 30 years to upgrade, build and improve fire stations and animal shelters "Dog Pound" redirects here. For the rap group, see Tha Dogg Pound.
An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. .
Of course, there are a lot of questions concerning how these facilities will be staffed. There's a lot of skepticism that the city will get them built as promised since city officials have betrayed just about every bond-issue commitment ever made.
It would be nice to see the leadership down at City Hall start leveling with the people about where the money is going to come from. It would be even better to see the future leaders Future Leaders is a UK schools-led charitable organisation that aims to widen the pool of talented leaders especially for urban challenging secondary schools. It was founded in March 2006 by Nat Wei, a former founder of Teach First. of this city start talking honestly about the problems and the solutions they propose.