SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel said the nation’s second-biggest city will run out of money within a month without action from elected officials, who are stuck in a acrimonious standoff over electricity rates.

The confrontation escalated Tuesday as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the acting city administrator to prepare a plan to shut non-public safety general fund departments down two days a week to conserve cash beginning next week.

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