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Can You Solve Los Angeles' $216 Million Question?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released his annual budget challenge on Friday, asking Angelenos in online survey 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

Laura Tompkins February 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM
That's YOUR job Tony. This is a distraction attempt to fool us into thinking that you will actually take our suggestions seriously. It is also a big brother move. Sorry, I would rather be an only child. Do your job. For once.
Laura Tompkins February 06, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Also, please whatever you do, do not make is simple for residents to send the survey in ... That can only be done via snail mail, where they will end up in the incinerator. We're in the year 2013. If you really wanted our input, you would make it easy for us to give it to you. There's only one thing I would like to give to you and that is your walking papers. You are a disgrace to Los Angeles, we deserve better. Heck, even Latinos hate you.

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