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L.A. asking voters to make tough decisions in March election. Where do you stand?

January 30, 2011 | 12:19 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0128775b8517970c-800wi

The upcoming March election is shaping up to be all about austerity.

"In communities around Los Angeles, people are very focused on defining what [the city's] core services are," City Council President Eric Garcetti told The Times' political writer Maeve Reston. 

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Reston says voters will be asked tough questions about reining in local government spending:

This spring's contest testifies to an era in which city leaders cannot afford new promises and are having trouble keeping ones already made.

The times are most clearly reflected in a series of measures on the March 8 ballot aimed at putting the city's finances on firmer ground.

Among them: a bid to scale back pension benefits for future hires in the fire and police departments, an effort to carve out more money for hard-hit libraries, another to prevent raids on the reserve fund, and two measures that could rein in the power of the Department of Water and Power, whose leaders infuriated City Council members last year by threatening to withhold a $73.5-million transfer that the council was counting on to balance the budget. 

How do you feel about being asked to decide these issues? Is more belt-tightening needed? Share your views below.

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\Photo: A meeting of the Los Angeles City Council. Credit: L.A. Times

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