Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday told the City Council to agree to quick layoffs of public workers or face a “financial tailspin” in the face of an “immense budget crisis” in the nation’s second-biggest city.

Villaraigosa ordered city administrators to begin the process of laying off 1,000 workers last week to address a $212 million general fund budget deficit in the current fiscal year and a $485 million budget gap in fiscal 2010-11.

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