Even as Los Angeles officials plan to shed 1,000 jobs to patch a nearly $200-million budget gap, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa intends to continue hiring police officers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Deputy Chief of Staff Matt Szabo said Villaraigosa wants to keep recruiting enough officers to replace those who resign or retire — leaving the Police Department with 9,963 sworn officers.
Villaraigosa and five council members releasing a letter yesterday calling for the job cuts. Yet at least two council members who signed the document, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, said the city also needs to halt police hiring to balance the budget. “I don’t think you can avoid it,” Parks said at a panel discussion titled “Is L.A. On the Road to Bankruptcy?” “You don’t continue to hire more people when you have people taking furloughs,” said Perry, at a separate event.