OPD: Oakland Sees 1,400% Increase In January Homicides Over Last YearThe Oakland Police Department released alarming new crime numbers Monday morning indicating that this was the deadliest January in two decades with 15 homicides in the past month, marking a 1,400% increase over January of last year.
COVID Economy: Newsom Announces $4 Billion Economic Recovery Plan For CaliforniaCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed a $4 billion spending plan he says will create jobs and help small businesses recover from the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID Cuts: Oakland Police Union Warns Of Possible Cuts Amid City's Budget CrisisOakland officials are facing a $62 million shortfall due the to COVID pandemic this year, with the city administrator saying there must be cuts to all departments to balance the budget, including the police department.
COVID Cuts: Oakland Leaders Face Heat Over Fire Station Cutbacks Amid $62 Million Deficit - 'We've Never Closed Three At A Time'Due to the pandemic, the city of Oakland is facing a huge $62 million budget deficit this year. So far, one of the proposed cuts drawing the most heat is to the Fire Department.
COVID Cuts: Oakland Announces $29M In Immediate Spending Cuts; Police, Fire Not SparedOfficials in Oakland announced the city is implementing nearly $30 million in immediate spending cuts, as the city projects a budget deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to soar.
Congressional Leaders Reach Agreement on COVID Economic Relief PackageCongressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that includes $600 direct payments to Americans and $300 in enhanced unemployment for the next 10 weeks.
California Transportation Commission Approves $40.1 Million For Marin-Sonoma Narrows ProjectA vote early Wednesday evening approved a North Bay highway construction project that will receive a major funding boost to ease traffic along one of the most congested corridors in the entire Bay Area.
COVID Purple Tier: San Francisco's Muni Says Layoffs Possible As Agency Faces $68M Budget DeficitThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency may have to lay off nearly a quarter of its staff to shore up its projected budget deficit during the next fiscal year if the agency doesn't receive federal relief funding, agency officials said this week.
COVID Purple Tier: 'Our Dangerous Winter Has Arrived,' Breed Warns Of New SF Restrictions, Possible Muni LayoffsOfficials in San Francisco on Tuesday said the city would soon roll out stricter COVID regulations as case rates and hospitalizations continued to spike, with Mayor London Breed warning that budget issues could lead to major layoffs for SFMTA workers.
COVID Update: BART Board Approves Incentivized Retirement Program To Address Budget WoesThe BART Board of Directors voted Thursday to forge ahead with an incentivized retirement program intended to help mend the agency's ailing financial outlook due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Analyst Forecasts One-Time $26 Billion Windfall for California BudgetCalifornia’s legislative analyst said Wednesday that the state will see a one-time, $26 billion-windfall in its next budget year, as the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have not been as severe as anticipated.