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L.A. Council approves budget advisor nominated by Villaraigosa

July 29, 2009 | 12:58 pm

The Los Angeles City Council voted this afternoon to hire a new budget advisor, selecting a man who served roughly 14 years as an aide to County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Miguel Santana will receive $256,803 annually as city administrative officer, providing financial advice to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council.

He is taking the job in the middle of a budget crisis, with the mayor and the council attempting to cut costs by granting 2,400 workers early retirement.

Santana worked for Molina from 1993 to 2007, spending three years as her chief of staff. In his most recent job, he was a deputy to the top executive in Los Angeles County government, overseeing homeless and social services.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall