LONG BEACH, CA — At the city council meeting on last Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council opted out of contracting out their street cleaning in order to save money, reported Belmont Shore-Naples Patch.
The city is currently facing an $18.6 million deficit for the fiscal year of 2012, and members of the board acknowledge that the city''s monetary structure needs to be re-examined, the article stated.
"If the council is unwilling to at least look at options, our problems will get worse and not better," said Gary DeLong, a member of the council who supported the original motion to contract out the street cleaning.
"We need to change the way we do governance," said Larry Boland, a Long Beach resident.
"To put the checks and balances between what you (the City Council) do and what the special interest groups want," Boland continued.
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