Oakland North Now 7.21.09
on July 21, 2009
California is going to cut $15.6 billion. Can’t imagine how much that is? If you were to take that in one dollar bills and stack them up in piles, it would build approximately 3468 Empire State buildings. Here’s another headache for the cash strapped city of Oakland. The state is planning to borrow $2 billion from the local government, and Oakland could be stripped of $6.4 million.
Bracing for the worst to come, the city is doing everything to rake in pennies. The Oakland City Council is meeting today to discuss ways to increase funding for park service and plans to establish the Oakland Tourism Business District, increasing fees for parking garages and monthly swim passes. The city council will also have a discussion about the Army Base Master Developer. For those do not have time to attend, Oakland North will cover the story.
However, if you truly want to participate in the political process, today is the last chance for you to have a say on the Oakland’s measure to overhaul its deficit. If you have not mailed your ballot yet, do not worry. You still have a chance to take it to the Registrar of Voters office in the County Courthouse at 1225 Fallon St.
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