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Compton City Council grapples with new budget revisions

July 19, 2011 |  8:31 pm


The Compton City Council recessed in the midst of budget discussions Tuesday night when it became clear that one council member, Janna Zurita, had not received a copy of the latest revision, which was submitted to the council by City Manager Willie Norfleet at 5 p.m.

The revisions were not made available to the public and were not on file with the clerk's office.

Before the recess, Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux proposed a motion that would amend the official budget published June 28 to adopt the city's employee unions' proposals, including an early retirement incentive program, and postpone all layoffs.

After recess, the document containing the proposed revisions was distributed to the audience. It incorporated some of the union concessions but added only six firefighter positions back to the budget and was otherwise silent on the layoffs.

Zurita placed part of the blame  for the city's fiscal situation on the unions. "Had the coalition come together six months ago or a year ago, we wouldn't have gotten this far in the hole," she said.


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Photo: Compton residents packed the City Hall council chambers Tuesday night to await a vote on the budget. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times