Los Angeles’ top financial official sent a letter to union officials Tuesday saying that the city cannot afford pay raises due nearly 20,000 workers July 1, according to published reports.

In the letter, city administrative officer Miguel Santana told members of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions that contract talks need to be reopened or the city will be forced to layoff 200 to 250 employees to deal with a $220 million budget shortfall projected for next year.

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