Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Must Read

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Stories that you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland school board tonight will discuss a plan to slash 460 full-time positions to fill a projected $37 million budget gap next year, the Trib reports. The meeting comes on the eve of a one-day strike by teachers who are demanding raises from the cash-strapped district.

2. The AC Transit board tonight will consider cutting service by about 8 percent — just one month after it slashed service by about the same amount and diverted funds from its Bus Rapid Transit program because of its budget crisis, the CoCo Times reports. AC Transit will examine whether to reduce both weekday and weekend service, cut weekend service dramatically, or slash night service.

3. Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to auction off state buildings, including the Elihu Harris Building in downtown Oakland, was heavily criticized by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Trib reports. The analyst’s office agreed with an earlier investigation by the Associated Press that found that the state would end up losing money because it will have to lease office space.

4. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors moved a step closer to changing the region’s ambulance service for the first time in forty years, the Trib reports. The board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with Texas-based Paramedics Plus, which would replace American Medical Response as the county’s private ambulance contractor. But American Medical Response is protesting the fact that the county has so far refused to reveal Paramedics Plus’ bid proposal.

5. And state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg asked the governor to ban all future contracts with Arizona-based businesses because of that state’s new anti-immigration law. The Arizona law allows police officers to demand papers from any citizen that they suspect is an illegal immigrant. The law has received widespread criticism, even from Republicans, because it likely will result in racial profiling.

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