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City Council says 'no thanks' to federal jobs bill

From left, City Councilman Scott Hente, Vice-Mayor Larry Small and Mayor Lionel Rivera at a 2009 council meeting. The council voted not to support the Local Jobs for America Act, saying it would create new deficit spending and leave the city in a lurch when the money runs out. "We have to suck it up. The federal government should, too," Rivera said. Photo by THE GAZETTE