OAKLAND (KCBS) — If Oakland’s labor unions don’t agree to pension concessions and if voters don’t approve an $80 parcel tax, drastic comes will be coming to all city departments.

Interim City Administrator Lamont Ewell, who helped Quan present the budget, said public safety was a priority.

“Based on the mayor’s direction we are actually hoping to bring back 20 police officers this year,” said Ewell.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Mayor Quan elaborated by saying the officers would be re-hires and that it would work, but that there would be a general reduction in workforce without the firing of personnel.

“We’re moving back the cost of a police academy. A police academy costs about $4 million,” said the mayor.

Public works and Oakland’s library staff would be hit especially hard under the mayor’s worst-case scenario budget that calls for the elimination of 368 jobs. Oakland faces a two-year $58 million deficit.

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Comments (2)
  1. Mo says:

    So bring back 20 cops to do what? I guess make up for the 20 that will leave in the next three months. Doing the math…we will probably lose another 20 three months later. So net-net OPD is still down 20 more six months from now. Does that mean Oakland will be safer? NO! Does this mean more police presence in the Fruitvale where I own a business and wonder if I will be shot any day like Chuey was? NO! Does Quan think that we are so stupid that if she tells us that she will hire 20 cops back we will celebrate and not figure out that we will be down 20 more a few months later? Apparently she does! I am moving my business and myself out of this town before it is too late. Terrible.

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