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The City Council passed a city budget Thursday that split the Eastside's two new progressive council members. City Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez cast the sole vote against it, objecting to the $3.2 billion allocated to the police.
"Budgets are a statement of values—and a budget that allocates one quarter of our entire budget to LAPD while underfunding every other department and service does not reflect my values or the values of my constituents," Hernandez said on Twitter.
Councilman Hugo Soto-Martinez, however, joined the rest of the Council voting in favor of the budget, despite his campaign platform to reduce the number of police, the L.A. Times said. Though the budget calls for hiring about 1,000 officers, Soto-Martinez said it also included more beds for people with substance use issues, more mental health workers, and more hotel rooms for the homeless.
My News LA noted that the budget topped $13 billion for the first time, and includes $1.3 billion for housing and homelessness.
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