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Despite dire budget warnings, city's payroll continued to grow

Apr 2, 2010 10:19:00 PM - latimes.com
The mayor and City Council continued to expand L.A.'s workforce and award generous union contracts even as they were being warned of the looming recession and the need for cutbacks.

Threats this week by Los Angeles' powerful municipal utility to withhold $73 million from the treasury, a potentially crippling blow to Los Angeles' already grave fiscal health, helped reveal a city that has grown increasing dependent on oblique revenue sources to pay its bills.