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A divided Los Angeles City Council voted Monday to move ahead with plans to eliminate 761 positions while continuing to seek concessions from the unions that represent thousands of city employees.

On an 11-4 vote, the council pressed forward with an array of cuts, eliminating dozens of child-care positions, reducing library hours and drastically scaling back the number of trees that will be trimmed.

The job cuts are scheduled to go into effect in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The council also approved between 16 and 26 furlough days over the next year for certain civilian employees.

The four who opposed the cuts were council members Richard Alarcon, Jose Huizar, Janice Hahn and Herb Wesson. Alarcon said he would continue pushing to avoid layoffs by searching for other money, such as $20 million from the Department of Water and Power.




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"I can't understand what mayor we're talking to sometimes," said Councilman Greig Smith. "One day he says, 'Let's do it.' The next day he says, 'Let's not do it.' "










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