We believe that voting YES! on Proposition A is best for our community and best for the city overall. Yes! on Proposition A will maintain needed services in the city and in our community. Vote Yes! on Proposition A because when you’re in trouble and need a paramedic “Every Second Counts.”
Proposition A will prevent fire and paramedic response times from growing longer, and will maintain our parks and vital services like fixing our streets, filling our potholes, preserving afterschool programs and maintain services for our seniors
Proposition A has been endorsed by an extraordinary coalition of business, labor and environmental groups that include the LA County Democratic Party, LA County Federation of Labor, LA and Crenshaw Chambers of Commerce, United Firefighters of LA, Sierra Club, LA Business Council, and League of Women Voters.
The economic recession has hit the city of Los Angeles very hard. YES! on Proposition A, on the March 5 ballot, will help the city recover from one the most devastating economic downturns in our lifetime.
To deal with the city’s lost revenue and the state taking over $1 billion dollars from the city, hiring has been frozen and over 5,000 positions have been eliminated. The remaining workers have forgone pay increases, reduced their paid holidays, and many have been furloughed. In fact, the city now has the smallest workforce since Tom Bradley was mayor in 1989.
The city has also partnered with the city unions in having employees to contribute more to their health care and retirement benefits. They have reduced the salaries of new police officers by 20 percent, improved collection of revenue owed the city, and consolidated several city departments. No city department or office has been spared from budget cuts.
These and other actions have reduced the city’s deficit from $1.1 billion down to $200 million. However, if the city is required to continue cutting, it will have a drastic impact on vital city services. According to Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr., “We have cut every department to the bone and we now need the help of the residents of Los Angeles. Voting Yes! on Proposition A is the most responsible way to ensure our city remains a safe place to live. We need to protect our children, our seniors, and our community.”
The Sentinel agrees and we urge you to Vote Yes! on Proposition A.