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LAFD to shut down stations due to $39 million budget deficit

LargeLAFDSealLos Angeles (myFOXla.com) – Unable to win concessions from the firefighters union, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today approved a plan to reduce the Fire Department’s projected $39 million budget deficit by not staffing several fire companies and ambulances on a rotating basis starting Aug. 6. Villaraigosa called the measures “difficult but necessary.” United Firefighters of Los Angeles City called it “a cynical effort to leverage us in contract negotiations.” A message posted on the union’s Web site read: “Don’t close fire companies and ambulances, Mayor Villaraigosa. If you do people will die and it will be your fault.”The Fire Department’s budget deficit originally stood at $52 million, but Villaraigosa asked the City Council to transfer $13 million from the reserve fund so the shortfall can be reduced to $39 million.LA_Mayor_VillaraigosaLAFD40cullom Continue reading LAFD to shut down stations due to $39 million budget deficit