OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said dozens of layoff notices will be going out next week with the possibility of salary cuts.
The California State Supreme Court ruled the state legislature was within its rights to cut redevelopment funds from cities and counties, leaving the City of Oakland $35 million in budget cuts.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: San Franciscans Hopeful as City Drops Pandemic Restrictions
Since redevelopment funds pay salaries and have dried up, the city now has some tough decisions to make. However, the police and fire departments are exempt from cuts.
“Because we’re not sure if the legislature is going to do a fix before February 1st, we’re going to have to give out layoff notices and present a budget to the City Council,” she said on Monday.READ MORE: Even With California's Reopening, Many Business Customers Keeping Masks On
KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
Mayor Quan said it’s hard considering that when she came into office, she had a $40 million debt.
The mayor does not appear to want to cut her own $137,000 annual salary and said she took a 25 percent pay cut in 2011.MORE NEWS: California Reopens: Newsom Marks End of COVID Restrictions, Awards $1.5M to 10 Vaccine Recipients
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