Layoffs in City Hall, worker furloughs and the slow pace of the bureaucracy have meant that about 25% of the $630 million received from the Obama administration for job creation has been spent.
When the federal stimulus program was launched in early 2009, the city of Los Angeles was in dire straits, facing a shortfall of $427 million and the possibility of mass layoffs. City officials scrambled at the new source of funds, ultimately netting more than $630 million in stimulus grants.
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