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L.A. City Council supports Villaraigosa's veto of anti-gang portion of budget bill

June 4, 2010 | 12:53 pm

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to support Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s veto of a tiny portion of the budget dealing with the city’s anti-gang programs.

Villaraigosa sent a veto letter Thursday, saying he opposed an effort to put his Gang Reduction Youth Development, or GRYD, program under joint oversight of the mayor and council.

Nevertheless, he also promised council members he would send them an itemized financial status report on the program and include council members in working groups on the initiative.

Councilman Bernard Parks said he had sought joint oversight of the anti-gang initiative because he was frustrated with his inability to obtain information on the program. Villaraigosa’s letter did much to address his concerns, Parks said.

“I think some people want us to fight out there, but most people want us to do the business of the city,” added Council President Eric Garcetti.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

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