Today Mayor Bass signed the City Council approved $13 billion budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The budget includes an unprecedented $1.3 billion to address housing and homelessness and approximately $3.2 billion for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Regarding LAPD, the budget seeks to restore staffing levels to 9,500 officers, hire additional civilian personnel and increase staffing for 911 dispatch services. To support this effort, there is about $1 million to expedite the application process for candidates looking to join LAPD. Additionally, the city is developing an incentive program that will provide bonuses of up to $15,000 for new officers and lateral recruitment.
Funds for city infrastructure will receive a boost with an additional $28 million to its already required $36 million for sidewalk repairs, and $8 million to improve bus shelters and benches throughout the city.
The budget also includes provisions to support small and local businesses, enhance tourism, expand and continue the city’s Al Fresco program, $5 million to support childcare centers, $18 million for senior meals, as well as investment in the environment through zero-carbon emission goals and green initiatives.