L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first budget proposal

Los Angeles May­or Eric Gar­cetti’s first pro­posed budget calls for hir­ing 140 fire­fight­ers and the start of a sweep­ing over­haul of the city’s 911 dis­patch sys­tem, part of a bid to speed the re­sponse to hun­dreds of thou­sands of calls for help each year.

Gar­cetti said his budget, the first to provide a road map for his “back to ba­sics” agenda, would ex­pand lib­rary hours, add build­ing in­spect­ors and provide for a mod­est in­crease in road re­pairs. But he delayed for one year the im­ple­ment­a­tion of his plan for cut­ting the city’s busi­ness tax — a key part of his agenda for im­prov­ing the eco­nomy.

Sources: City Administrative Officer of Los Angeles

Credits: Ben Welsh