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$8.6-billion L.A. budget to fill 350,000 potholes, trim 57,000 trees
$8.6-billion L.A. budget to fill 350,000 potholes, trim 57,000 trees

Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for a nearly $8.6-billion budget plan that would boost funding for the Fire Department, tree trimming and street and alley cleanup while stashing more money in reserves. At a Thursday hearing, Councilman Paul Krekorian said the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts July 1, would allow the city to fill 350,000 potholes, trim 57,000 trees, preserve 2,400 lane-miles of pavement and hire 270 firefighters. Krekorian heralded the budget as a sea change from the dire finances of years past, saying that city leaders had worked diligently to chip away at ongoing deficits by shrinking the city workforce, undertaking pension reform and...

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