Because California voters reduced penalties for a number of drug and theft crimes by passing Prop. 47, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer asked the City Council on Monday to let him hire more employees to file roughly 8,800 more cases expected annually – crimes that used to be handled by the district attorney as felonies but now are misdemeanors.
In reaction, Feuer said he needed eight new attorneys and seven legal clerks, at a cost of more than $430,000 for the rest of the budget year and $875,000 annually in the future.
A council committee approved funding Monday for the office to hire the added employees for the rest of the budget year. If approved by the full council, the new employees would begin work in January.
At the urging of Councilman Bob Blumenfield, the committee also moved to lobby Sacramento lawmakers for money to cover the added costs borne by the city.