Schaaf said she has seen other cities like Los Angeles and New York significantly reduce their crime rate, and feels that Oakland can do the same.
25 recruits began their training this week as part of the city’s first-ever Community Service Officer program.
The new overtime plan is expected to be implemented in the next week or two and would require some officers to work 2-3 hours of overtime on days when staffing is below minimum levels.
Libby Schaaf and Noel Gallo are both questioning why the police department is significantly below its budgeted staffing level.
Chief Larry Esquivel met with the Story Road Business Association to try to address their concerns about crime and staffing levels.
Mayor Osby Davis said there is enough money in the city budget to hire at least 17 new officers.
BART service was slowly getting back to normal but many commuters still opted to drive to work Tuesday morning, and a series of crashes has slowed traffic to a crawl on many Bay Area roadways.
The plan from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilman Sam Liccardo calls for adding hundreds of officers over the next four years.
The thinning ranks of the San Jose Police Department will soon be getting some much needed reinforcements, as the department begins its first police academy in nearly three years.
In this KCBS Cover Story, the cleanliness of food trucks is put under the microscope, as more and more are popping up around the Bay Area.