La Cañada Flintridge braced for the fallout of what could be 250 layoffs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, brought on by tighter federal spending.
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Layoff notices started going out two weeks ago and will continue through the end of March, said Richard O'Toole, JPL’s legislative affairs manager. The layoffs could leave as many as 200 scientists or engineers and dozens of other workers out of a job.
The workers most likely to be affected are those associated with scientific projects that have been delayed due to budget concerns, and those who are part of missions nearing their end and no longer need staffing levels as large as previous years, O’Toole said.
With about 5,200 employees, JPL is La Cañada Flintridge’s largest employer.
“Undoubtedly this will negatively impact some of our residents,” said Mayor Donald Voss. “And while JPL doesn’t generate sales taxes, it does have an impact on the number of people eating lunch and shopping in La Cañada.”