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UPDATE: watch the Mayor release his budget HERE

The City of Los Angeles faces a $530 million deficit, which could lead to massive service cuts and as many as 2800 layoffs. Mayor Villaraigosa has balanced the budget with a package of spending cuts and revenue enhancements, but the city is facing over $200 million in service cuts and layoffs if no further action is taken to reduce the cost of the workforce.

If city employees come together in a spirit of shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, we can balance the budget without harmful service cuts or layoffs.

How would you balance the budget and keep LA working?

Below is a menu of options the city could pursue together with its employees to weather this recession while maintaining services and saving jobs. Click on each option to learn more and to help keep LA working.

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We also want to hear your ideas. Send your thoughts on how we can weather the economic crisis while preserving city services here , or fill out this budget survey here.