L.A. Mayor Seeks Another Trash-Fee Hike To Pay For Police


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants homeowners to dip into their pockets once again to pay for the expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department, saying a significant increase in trash collection fees is necessary to continue adding 1,000 officers to the force, reports the Los Angeles Times. The mayor made his case for a 38 percent increase in trash fees — which, if approved by the City Council, will have tripled since he took office in 2005.

The mayor vowed to carry out a reinvention of the city’s anti-gang programs. The trash fee proposal drew fire from neighborhood leaders. One of them said Villaraigosa and the council had already increased the fee from $11 to $26 in the last two years to pay for the police buildup. Another $2 increase is scheduled for July 2009.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mayor15apr15,1,7110063.story

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