Simmering tensions between Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the head of the city’s firefighter union erupted Tuesday during a news conference about Fire Department emergency response times and dispatch systems.
Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, had passed out a letter to reporters accusing the department and Villaraigosa of knowingly using “false statistics” to justify budget cuts that resulted in the public “being put in peril.”
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