LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Los Angeles city employees, including sanitation workers, lifeguards and traffic officers, walked off the job Tuesday for a 24-hour strike alleging unfair labor practices. “City workers are vital to the function of services for millions of Angelenos every day and to our local economy,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said in a statement Monday. “The City of Los Angeles is not going to shut down,” Bass insisted. Los Angeles city employees with SEIU Local 721 picket outside of City Hall in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. Approximately 300 Port of Los Angeles employees were expected to participate in the walkout, according to port spokesperson Phillip Sanfield.