Palo Alto voters passed a ballot measure that will repeal the rights of firefighters and police officers to have arbitrators settle their salary disputes with the city and another measure designating 10 acres of parkland for a new compost facility, according to preliminary election results Tuesday night.
An interview with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on whether he will be a part of the upcoming mayoral race and some of the hot button topics and issues facing the city of San Francisco.
Fans of block parties, ice cream socials, barbecues, potlucks, cover bands and dancing are in luck Tuesday night as Bay Area residents have a slew of parties to choose from to celebrate National Night Out.
With negotiations at an impasse, Palo Alto firefighters are formally requesting mediation with the city. This comes a week after the union’s contract proposal was rejected, meaning both sides are headed towards binding arbitration.
San Jose’s new budget was a big blow to public safety services, with over 100 police officers being laid off. But it’s better news for the fire department, which is now rehiring nearly 50 firefighters thanks to money from the feds.
The San Jose City Council has approved a budget that includes hundreds of layoffs, in an attempt to close a $150 million deficit. The final vote was 7-4 in favor of Mayor Chuck Reed’s budget plan for 2011-2012.
Arts funding in San Jose could be taking a hit after a city council member proposed diverting some of the money to reduce the number of police officer layoffs. Councilman Pete Constant, a former San Jose Police officer, has released nine budget proposals to provide the funding to prevent 97 police officer layoffs.
The city of Sunnyvale’s unique take on public safety is not only helping to cut costs, but could also save jobs in the future.
The computer-aided dispatch system utilized by San Francisco’s police and fire departments went down unexpectedly on Thursday.
San Jose’s budget woes may already force the city to lay off more than 100 police officers, but proposed cuts could take that number even higher.