OAKLAND (KCBS) —- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she wants to get concessions on public employee pension changes at the bargaining table rather than at the ballot.

The issue of pensions is a touchy one with the unions. Unlike San Jose and San Francisco, Quan said Oakland’s pension issues don’t need to go before the voters.

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“In Oakland, contracts aren’t part of our charter,” she said. “We negotiate them.”

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

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Quan said both sides are at the bargaining table, hoping for some type of agreement so they can pass a parcel tax in the fall. Quan said she thinks everyone needs to give a little.

“My plan to save the city is what we call budget C, where all the employees contribute 10 percent, and I make some major cuts at City Hall,” she said. “I’m asking the citizens of Oakland to come up with a quarter a day for the next five years to get us through the recession.”

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