Councilmember Austin Hosts 8th District Community Budget Meeting Monday, August 27

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Councilmember Al Austin

Councilmember Al Austin will be hosting a Community Budget Meeting to inform residents about the proposed cuts to the City’s critical services, including police, fire, parks and libraries.

The meeting will take place on Monday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Expo Arts Center, located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue.

The proposed City budget for Fiscal Year 2013, released by the Mayor and City Manager at the beginning of August, calls for $17.2 million in cuts to services in the next year.

“I don’t believe this proposed budget reflects the values and priorities of this City,” said Councilmember Austin. “Now is the time for residents to get informed about what is being proposed for our City and to speak up.”

These proposed cuts include eliminating 40 sworn police officer positions, including half of the Gang Enforcement Detail, as well as the crime analyst and police services specialist positions in each of the patrol divisions.

The Fire Department is proposing to take one fire engine out of service in the City, as well as changing the model for paramedic response.

Youth sports and after school programs are proposed to be eliminated at 14 parks throughout the City, including at Cherry, Davenport and DeForest parks. The swimming pool at Will J. Reid Park would be closed during the summer, and the adaptive recreation program would also be eliminated.

Six neighborhood branch libraries are also proposed to be converted to “self-service” facilities, with no programs offered at those branches.

Councilmember Austin will have representatives from the City Manager’s office, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Library Services and Financial Management on hand at Monday’s meeting to discuss the budget and answer questions.

For more information, contact Councilmember Austin’s office at (562) 570-6685 or at

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