LA Controller Calls For Cuts To City Cellphone Use

By City News Service

The city of Los Angeles could save almost $5 million a year by recalling more than half of the cellphones issued to employees, according to an audit released Tuesday.

City Controller Wendy Greuel called for a 60 percent reduction in the number of city-issued cellphones starting July 1, the first day of the next fiscal year.

An audit conducted by her office turned up 6,560 cellphones in city-controlled departments, costing about $4.8 million a year. Proprietary departments whose budgets are separate from that of the city, such as the Department of Water and Power, distributed another 5,251 cellphones.

“When we’re closing libraries and leaving potholes unfilled, it defies comprehension that nearly 12,000 city employees need cellphones,” Greuel said.

Greuel said she plans to return her city-issued cellphone and urged other officials to do the same.

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March 3, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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