Tuesday, April 14, 2009

State of the City

State of The City
Originally uploaded by CD-13
Today, Mayor Villaraigosa delivered his annual State of the City address, with the nation facing its worst recession in 70 years -- the effects of which we are certainly feeling here in Los Angeles.

Mayor Villaraigosa spoke of the need for shared sacrifices, and the City Council is ready to help meet our shared goal of protecting crucial services for our constituents while saving as many jobs as possible. We want to be fiscally responsible to protect our solvency and our excellent bond rating. As we have in previous years, the Council is prepared to help lead the way with cuts to our own office budgets, which include our own salaries and staff salaries.

Our top priority is keeping communities safe, and even as we work to close a large budget gap we will strategically focus our resources so that we don’t lose momentum on the dramatic decrease in crime Los Angeles has experienced in recent years.