Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushed the City Council to declare a fiscal emergency this week after a breakdown in negotiations with unions over concessions that would help close a $530 million budget deficit projected for next year.

“The gravity of the fiscal emergency that we face is enormous,” Villaraigosa said. “Unless we act with urgency, the city will face a cash-flow crisis, raising the prospect of running out of cash between November and February.”

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