LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, a strong spending plan that is balanced and responsible, with a record investment of $138 million to tackle the City’s homelessness crisis.
The $8.76 billion budget, if approved by the City Council, will serve as the City’s blueprint for spending in the coming year. The budget is available at http://openbudget.lacity.org/.
Mayor Garcetti’s proposal strengthens safety in L.A.’s neighborhoods by setting aside funds to hire 525 new officers to keep the Los Angeles Police Department at 10,000 officers strong. The budget looks to add 160 new civilian positions — taking more officers out of desk jobs and placing them on our streets. The Mayor also allocated funding for 2,000 new body cameras to ensure more transparency in the police department. This year’s budget funds growth in the Los Angeles Fire Department for the first time in eight years, by hiring an additional 230 firefighters.The $8.76 million proposed Budget strives to increase efficiency and services in a variety of areas, begin the process of bringing civilians into LAPD's ranks to allow more sworn officers to be on patrol, inject more muscle and compassion into the City’s attempt to deal with homelessness, and start a wholesale updating of Community Plans across Los Angeles, among many other things.