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How to Tackle Some of LA's Problems

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Publication Date: March 2005

Publisher(s): Reason Foundation

Topic: Government (Public services and utilities)

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


With a city budget of over $5 billion and over 35,000 employees to manage, the next Mayor of Los Angeles--whether Mayor Hahn in a second term or a new mayor--faces many decisions that are going to affect the quality of life of Los Angelenos. He will be offered a lot of advice on how to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities he has, not only in managing the city government but showing leadership on issues of vital importance to city residents. Various groups support differing issues during an election, but a smaller set of issues will have long-term effects on life in Los Angeles. These issues cut to the core of quality of life in Los Angeles and a mayor that can make real progress in improving transportation, schools, and city services without raising taxes or fees is going to create new jobs and make Los Angeles a better place to live.