No Deal, Oakland Cops Laid Off

OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) Last minute negotiations broke down late Tuesday afternoon between Oakland city officials and the police officers union, paving the way for the layoff of 80 police officers.

The two sides met late into the night Monday and throughout most of the day on Tuesday trying to come up with some type of compromise in an effort to avoid the layoffs.

The union had agreed to concessions in employee pensions but was demanding a three-year moratorium on layoffs for employees hired before March 21, 2009.

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Union president Dom Arotzarena said the union had already agreed to contract concessions last year, including deferring raises.

“This is a very dark day for the history of the Oakland Police Department,” said Arotzarena.

City Council President Jane Brunner said agreeing to the three-year moratorium would be irresponsible given that the city could see deficits continue to grow during the length of the contract.

The council approved the officer layoffs in June to help bridge a $31 million deficit.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts began re-engineering the department this past weekend so that it can focus on its core functions, such as responding to 911 calls.

Police have released a list of crimes, including grand theft, burglary, vehicle collision, identity theft and vandalism that officers would not respond to in person now that the layoffs are official.  Victims will now have to report the crimes online.

  • Pete

    That’s why the law abiding public has more reason than ever to have and responsibly use suitable firearms since we are now going to need to take care of defending ourselves even more than before.

  • C

    That’s why no one wants to live, work, or shop in Oakland! Why patronize a city whose City Council members won’t even financially protect the officers by letting them keep their hard-earned, life-threatening jobs. The Oakland City Council and Ron Dellums should be ashamed of themselves! Throw out the council and Dellums and get people in place who truly care about the Oakland citizens, visiting public, and city employees.

  • Greg

    What a joke the city of Oakland is right now! The mayor is a piece of crap. He should be throw out tomorrow and the city council is a joke as well. If you go to Oakland for ANY reason bring a gun you will need it with all those idiots on the streets!

  • Jce

    80 cops isn’t much but it’s a start. I will now feel a little safer and at ease in the streets of Oakland, knowing there are less trigger-happy, power-tripping, armed criminals/cops patrolling the area, looking to start trouble.

  • Jce

    About the list of crimes that must be reported online…there isn’t much of a change here, when my car was broken and when I was a victim of a hit and run I called the police department and they told me to report it online, and this was 3 years ago. For years now police have limited their responsibilities to tasks that will increase revenue- tickets and arrests. Everything else and we’re on our own, as we have been.

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