Busline Blog: Oakland budget update
on May 6, 2009
Mayor Ron Dellums released his proposed city budget late yesterday, and as predicted, it ain’t pretty. The Mayor proposed, among other things, cutting 140 police officers, rotating library closures, shutting some parks, mandating nearly a month of furlough days and laying off nearly 250 city employees. To the Mayor’s credit, the budget is more or less in line with what was discussed at the three budget town halls, and, as promised, does ask departments to share the pain. We’ll see how things develop as the Council hashes it out.
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