Glendale may have to lay off as many as 210 city and utility employees — or 11% of the municipal workforce — as officials prepare to confront huge budget gaps predicted for the coming years.
Officials are projecting a $15.4-million budget gap for 2012-13 alone, prompting the heavy-handed cost-cutting measures.
The new layoff figure, broached during budget talks Tuesday at City Hall, is significantly higher than the 29 positions that had previously been disclosed. That's because the initial figure represented only jobs tied to redevelopment-related funding lost earlier this year to the state.
The city could also achieve the reduced ranks through early retirement incentives — a tool several City Council members have said they prefer. Ochoa said the number of city job cuts could differ greatly depending on which option the council chooses.