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Can You Solve Los Angeles' $216 Million Question?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his annual budget challenge on Friday, asking Angelenos what choices they would make to trim the city's looming deficit.

To spend or not to spend? That is the question Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking of Angelenos with his online 2013 budget challenge.

The survey asks participants to produce a balanced budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 by trimming the anticipated $216 million deficit.

“In Los Angeles, we’re making the tough choices to ensure Angelenos get the services they expect, while continuing to invest in our future," Villaraigosa said in a statement. "As a result, crime is at the lowest levels since the 1950’s, and we’re doubling the size of our rail network. As we look towards our budget for FY 2013-2014, we want your input."

Survey participants are required to enter their ZIP code before starting the challenge. The introductory segment of the survey asks participants to prioritize city services and spending initiatives. Following that, participants must decide whether they will cut, increase or make no changes to various city departments, including animal services, public safety and transportation.

Click here to take the challenge.

The 2013 Mayor’s Budget Challenge will remain online until March 4. Physical copies must be returned by Feb. 27.

Physical copies must be mailed to the Office of Neighborhood and Community Services, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, ATTN: NCS, Amanda R., 200 N. Spring St., Room 303‐D, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

They can be dropped off in person at  City Hall, Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor's Receptionist Desk, ATTN: NCS, Amanda R., 200 N. Spring St., Room 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or at Van Nuys City Hall, ATTN: Mayor’s Office, NCS, Amanda R., 14410 Sylvan Street, Rm 211, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Joseph February 05, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Salary cap.
nonoise February 06, 2013 at 06:41 PM
They do this pretend "we care about that Angeleno's think" every year. It does no good. The mayor and city council do what ever they want. They need to stop pretending they care about what people think. it is all a show. The mayor and city council are good at putting on a good show.
Dawn February 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM
5 months before he leaves he asks for help??? What has he been doing all these years?? He doesn't have a clue and never did. He has succeeded on his looks and his race way to long (sounds familiar??)
Jo February 12, 2013 at 07:31 AM
The Budget Challenge doesn't ask the important question: should the politicians renegotiate the lavish pensions and lavish retiree benefits of CURRENT EMPLOYEES? Yes, I'm talking REAL reform, not the fake reform City Council did a few months ago when they only reformed pensions and benefits for NEW HIRES only, and when they EXCLUDED fire & police. That was not reform! They need to reform current employees' total compensation, and they need to include fire & police. But oh no, they don't want to do that because the unions due of CURRENT employees, and especially fire & police, go right into their campaign coffers. Why would any of you vote for the insiders Gruehl, Garcetti and Perry for mayor? They are the ones that led LA City to this point of near bankruptcy. LA City laid off 5,000 workers and thereby slashed our services. Street sweeping on open routes reduced from ev. 3 weeks to ev. 27 weeks. only 3 men clear the clogged storm drains for the entire SFV, zero dollars budgeted for sidewalk repairs, lifted tree wells, and tree trimming. They only do those services when deemed emergency. The unions would rather fling their fellow workers to the unemployment line than to give up their lavish benefits. City retirees get outrageous pensions, way beyond what people in the private sector get. LA laid off 2/3 of Street Services Enforcement staff so they rarely enforce LAMC 56.08, Parkways & Sidewalk ordinance. Now owners let parkways become weed infested, disgraceful messes
Jo February 12, 2013 at 07:40 AM
When you take the Budget Challenge, be sure to enter comments and tell them you want real reform, and you want your services restored! The medians, parkways, streets and sidewalks in Santa Clarita, Simi, and T. Oaks look beautiful and they pay much lower sales taxes in those cities. The difference is LA City's unions run this city. Fill in Comments that let them know 5,000 workers have been laid off to preserve lavish pensions and it is not fair to highly taxed LA residents. Tell them you want to see real pension reform of current employees' total compensation to bring it more in line with private sector. Stop the hero worshiping of fire & police. The sky can no longer be the limit. People are moving out of LA and CA in droves for lower taxed, better run cities. We can vote with our feet if necessary. Vote for Kevin James for Mayor if you want change. If you vote for insiders Gruehl, Perry or Garcetti, you are voting for the same ole high taxation, low services, lavish pensions to the unions. And when the tsunami of baby boomers retire from LA City, instead of 1/3 of the budget being used just for pensions + retiree benefits, it will consume HALF of LA's budget. Our streets, parkways, sidewalks, are going to get very very ugly as more of the budget is consumed by pensions. Kevin James or more disgraceful decline. Mitch Englander is the only Republican, we need more at City Hall. Democrats, think outside the box; LA has been run by D's for far too long and look where we are.

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