Tough times: The city of Maywood, California, is laying off all city employees and hiring contractors for police work and all other essential business, the Los Angeles Times reports. Having been bankrupted by financial incompetence, the City Council decided to fire all 100 city workers. It will contract police services from the LA County Sheriff's Department and get street maintenance, finance, and administrative services from a neighboring city.
City Council members blamed what they called excessive insurance claims against the police department for the financial mess, along with corruption by previous councils. But critics pointed out that the current council failed to act on recommendations from an insurance agency. "You guys had the power to change it and you didn't," said the city treasurer. "You single-handedly destroyed the city." And, yes, she's being laid off, too.