On Dec. 8, the City Council rejected a proposal by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin which reduces the number of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) personnel facing potential layoffs contingent upon the department identifying other cost-saving measures.
Earlier this year, all City departments were asked to reduce their budgets by 3 percent. The LAPD, City Attorney’s Office, Animal Services Department and the Bureau of Engineering were unable to find the necessary savings and will now have to begin preparations for a possible layoff scenario.
During the Budget & Finance Committee meeting held on Dec. 7, members, including Councilman Price as Vice Chair, discussed a variety of recommendations to close a $675 million revenue deficit exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic. The City Administrative Officer (CAO) Richard Llewellyn recommended initiating the process to possibly lay off as many as 1,900 filled positions, of which 1,679 were from the LAPD (728 civilian and 951 sworn positions). A motion introduced by Chair Paul Krekorian scaled back the proposed layoffs to the LAPD to 273 civilian and 355 sworn positions while instructing the CAO to come up with additional solutions to offset the shortfall. To read the Second Financial Status Report, which spells out the budget balancing plan and solutions, click here.
Councilmember Price released the following statement proceeding the City Council’s 4-11 vote against the Price-Bonin plan. The Budget & Finance Committee report was approved by a vote of 13-2: