The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is threatening to lay-off many workers, the number fluctuates daily. In addition, various Departments like the one On Disability is being threatened with elimination. There have been quite a few posts here about what is going on.
Since the Mayor can’t come up with any ideas other than laying workers off, privatizing municipal institutions, and hiking up parking tickets I think we should come up with our own budget cuts and pass them on to him.
My suggestion is the reduction of the LAPD Air Support.
“The Los Angeles Police Department maintains the largest police aviation unit in the U.S., and they can boast that they have the largest municipal police aviation unit in the world. There are a couple of units larger such as the South African Police Service Air Unit, but they are a state wide vs. a municipal agency.”
Helicopters are annoying and cost a great deal of money. Based on a quick search the City of LA paid approximately 26 million dollars for the 17 helicopters it owns. They could save a few jobs or even a few Departments by selling some of these noise polluting, sleep disturbing, machines here or maybe one of the studios could buy them for filming their aerial shots.