Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
March 24, 2010 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH ORDERS REVIEW OF COST-SAVING MEASURES TO ADDRESS COUNTY’S $500 MILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- To address an anticipated $500 million budgetary shortfall in the County’s projected 2010-2011 budget, a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, directs the Chief Executive Officer to review all viable options of ongoing and one-time savings, and report back to the Board during Budget hearings.
“California’s $20 billion + deficit and its expansion of entitlement programs during the last 8 years have severely impacted the state’s cities, counties and school districts,” said Antonovich.
- San Francisco just sent layoff notices to 15,000 county workers.
- Solano County has already laid off 144 employees.
- Sonoma County has laid off 87 employees
- Sutter County halted scheduled pay increases to its employees.
- Santa Barbara County is delaying a major computer system upgrade.
- Nevada County is considering outsourcing to keep library services.
“Along with layoffs, other local governments are also exploring furloughs, suspending annual step increases, eliminating sick- leave buy back and many other options,” he added.