SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa late Thursday ordered administrators in the nation’s second-biggest city to begin cutting 1,000 jobs to help close a $212 million general fund budget deficit in the fiscal year that ends in five months.

Chief administrative officer Miguel Santana urged the City Council to take immediate action to balance the budget Wednesday, warning that the city could face multiple-notch credit rating downgrades without action.

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