Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came into office promising to eliminate the city's persistent deficits. And as he heads out the door, having cut 5,000 positions, the deficits are still there.
This week, he sent the city council a memo with some "outside the box" ideas for trimming even further. Among them is a proposal to change the charter to strip the city attorney's power to represent the city in civil court. We'll get to why that might save money in a second. But first, just take a guess as to who doesn't like this idea at all.
In a statement, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said, "The Mayor's recycled idea shows a distressing lack of imagination on how to solve the City's problems, and would cost the City at least three times what it is currently paying for legal services."