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Is it time to stop debating and lay off 1,000 L.A. workers? What do you think?

February 10, 2010 |  7:34 am


Talk back L.A.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the L.A. City Council on Tuesday, urging them to act on his plan to cut city jobs.

Last week, the mayor expressed frustration about the council’s indecision in dealing with the city's budget shortfall, including his call to eliminate 1,000 city jobs.

But Council President Eric Garcetti on Tuesday defended the council, saying it "didn't slow down one day on the layoffs." Last week, the council approved a motion stating "that no layoffs of city personnel take place in the next 30 days," but members called for a list of 1,000 positions that could be cut.

"There was no failure to act," Garcetti said.

What do you think? Should the council cut the 1,000 jobs? Is there a better way? Or is the council simply stalling? Share your views below.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addresses the City Council, answering questions for nearly two hours Tuesday. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times