Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Update on Oakland police item
The San Francisco Chronicle reported late last night that last-minute negotiation efforts on Tuesday between Oakland city officials and police union leaders failed, and 80 officers were laid-off. According to the report:
Oakland Council President Jane Brunner said the city had little choice but to order the layoffs."We all agree we need more police, but we can't afford it," she said. The police had agreed to several council requests: paying 9 percent of their salaries into their pension plans and agreeing to a later retirement age for new hires. But in return, they wanted a three-year moratorium on officer layoffs.