No decisions were made, but there was a lot of noise — and of course the deficit grew a bit more. Mark Lacter has already linked to CityWatch's posted list of the 1,000 positions targeted for layoff — with salaries from the 20k's to over $200,000 a year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ventured into the City Council chambers to tell the council that layoffs are inevitable and necessary to avoid fiscal disaster.
“I have profound respect for the difficulty of the decisions you have to make, but I want to say this. We can’t continue to say no to everything. We can’t say no to layoffs, no to furloughs, no to department eliminations. ... The fact is we can’t sustain this business model.”
Meanwhile: Next week's appearances by Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti on "All My Children" are previewed by Franklin Avenue. Here's the mayor with Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on the long-running soap.