Oakland Members Question Police Budget at May 12th Budget Hearing

Wearing brightly colored “Fair Share” stickers, a large crowd of fired-up Local 21 Oakland members joined residents and packed Council Chambers for the May 12th second hearing on the FY 11-13 budget. 

Council members had their first opportunity to question Police, Fire, CEDA and PWA Agency and Department heads on details of their budget proposals.  Council members Nancy Nadel and Libby Schaaf pointed out to OPD Chief Batts that the only concession in the Police budget was to cut 10 Neighborhood Services Coordinators, which are non-sworn Local 21 positions. 

The crowd cheered as a Local 21 member from the Library detailed the devastating impact cuts to the Library would have on programs for Oakland’s youth. 

The next budget hearing on May 26 will deal with proposed cuts to quality of life services such as Parks and Recreation programs, Library closures and cuts to Human Services programs for seniors.  Drastic cuts to City administrative departments, restructuring and position eliminations will also be discussed.