Over the past months, Los Angeles officials have struck deals to restore wages for police, firefighters and other city workers, providing cash payouts and other benefits.
It was the depths of the first COVID-19 winter surge. Tax revenues had tumbled in Los Angeles, and the city’s budget was in deep trouble.
Faced with the prospect of employee layoffs and other drastic measures, L.A.’s elected officials persuaded police officers, firefighters and thousands of other city employees to delay their scheduled raises for a year or more.
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