LAPD finds money to avoid nearly 100 layoffs set for year's end
Los Angeles Police Department officials said Thursday that they have enough money to avoid nearly 100 layoffs scheduled for Dec. 31.
Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur told the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee that the department had come up with the roughly $3 million necessary to delay the layoffs for another six months thanks to higher-than-expected attrition rates. MacArthur said more officers than expected had retired from the department in recent months, generating savings.
The layoffs were first proposed last spring by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In his budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, Villaraigosa called for 159 clerk and secretarial workers to be cut from the Police Department on July 1, 2012.
Opponents said the layoffs would force sworn police officers to do desk jobs. After raucous protest from city employee unions, the council put off the layoffs for six months, crediting a last-minute discovery of new tax revenues.
In the ensuing months, the 159 layoffs first proposed shrank to 93, as some employees in the targeted positions either left the city or moved to other city departments. If the full council approves the Police Department’s plan to avert the layoffs, those jobs will be safe until at least July 1, 2013, when the next fiscal year begins.
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall