Los Angeles City Council Budget is $1.8 Billion

Editorial: Tired of City Hall scandals? This is the moment to reform Los Angeles city government

Mayor Jackie Goldberg speaks at a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) less Mayor Jackie Goldberg speaks at a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Photo: Damian Dovarganes, STF Photo: Damian Dovarganes, STF Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Editorial: Tired of City Hall scandals? This is the moment to reform Los Angeles city government 1 / 3 Back to Gallery

You go to Los Angeles, and you find people who say it’s a wonderful place to live. You go for a business, and you find people who say it’s a wonderful place to do business.

On the whole, it’s a wonderful place to live. But you come to the city’s core in downtown Los Angeles at the corner of 2nd Street and Grand Avenue – and you find the world’s fifth largest municipal cash machine.

This is the Los Angeles city government, and you are already tired of it.

The City Council’s 2019-2020 budget is $1.8 billion – more than two-and-a-half years in the future, when it runs out. Yet all its big-ticket items – $600 million for the mayor’s pet project, L.A.X, which will have a $30 billion impact on the economy, if fully implemented, or $600 million each for a soccer stadium, a massive sports arena and a multi-billion dollar sports park downtown; $250 million for a downtown parking garage; $100 million for the mayor’s pet project, downtown streetscape improvements, or $1.2 billion for transportation – are all projects that will run out with the coming year, and they are all projects that voters in the April election have either approved, or declined to.

The mayor’s budget was $1.4 billion – $200 million for his pet project, L.A.X, plus $100 million for his pet

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