Torrance sees deficit of about $20 million

An estimated Torrance budget deficit of anywhere from $21-to-25 million, because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to result in unprecedented cuts to city services, including 32 fewer police officers and firefighters on the municipal payroll by instituting a hiring freeze and not filling vacant positions. The City Council is scheduled to start reviewing proposed reductions at its 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, meeting, a week later than planned. Officials postponed the discussion after deciding the optics of potentially cutting emergency responders was not the best while civil unrest was roiling Southern California, in the wake of a black man in Minnesota dying on M

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