SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council took an ax to the city’s workforce late last week, reacting to warnings that the nation’s second-biggest city faced budget deficits of almost $700 million over the next 17 months.

The council directed city administrative officer Miguel Santana to cut 3,000 funded positions in addition to 1,000 job cuts ordered earlier in the month.

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