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Re: “Bashing Mayor Quan

Per the quote: "The mayor also has attempted to appease the city's powerful public-employee unions by pushing an $11 million parcel tax, possibly for the November ballot. The tax, if approved by voters, would save jobs and some union member benefits."

Appease the city's powerful unions? This revenue from the tax benefits the Oak Police by hiring more cops. Let's be clear, it primarily benefits ONE group. Civillian unions have made concessions starting in 2003 with the biggest one - 10% starting last year. We all have to help solve the budget problem and that includes Police making concessions (so far they've given up little or nothing other than delaying a raise) and the public and business, and yes the same employees who gave 10% have to help a bit more too.

Posted by LoveOakland on 05/26/2011 at 3:32 PM

Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Cities have very few options in raising revenue, that's why Oakland and many other places are looking at sales taxes.

Posted by LoveOakland on 07/01/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Perata and Nacho Disagree on Cops

So Perata says the City should cut other things besides the Police. Hmmm. Let's do the math. The OPD and Fire are 85% of the general fund. That leaves about $30 million for everything else from janitors to recreation program leaders to computer maintenance staff. Oakland's deficit is $31 million. Just where else does Perata and the POA suggest the money come from? Every employee pays for their retirement except the cops. If the police keep this up, we're going to end up like Vallejo.

Posted by LoveOakland on 06/23/2010 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Closed All Week

Oakland is closing at the quietest time of the year so that funds are available to keep libraries open, rec centers running and streets fixed. Sadly, many cities are being forced into actions like this because of the economy and state rip-offs of local govt funds. SF is facing a $500+M budget deficit and San Jose is looking at a $92+M budget hole. Like Oakland, their only options are a combination of layoffs, unpaid furloughs and limited revenue increases. Of the 2000 city employees (not fire or police), 400 jobs were cut last year.

Posted by LoveOakland on 12/28/2009 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Alameda Mayor Now Opposes SunCal Initiative

Mayor Johnson is so driven by self interest and ambition that I'm not surprised by her move. When first elected, she was a thoughtful and serious pol. Now all she cares about is her next office. She's stabbed longtime allies like Frank Mataresse and Wilma Chan in the back as she clambers up the political ladder. How do you spell Bev Johnson? O-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-is-t

Posted by LoveOakland on 10/14/2009 at 10:44 PM

Re: “What's Up with Berkeley?

Berkeley is in good financial shape because we have passed many, many taxes to support services. A typical Berkeley property tax bill would be almost 50% less if the add on taxes were not included. Berkeley is an affluent city with a median income of $93K and comparatively few low income residents.

In Oakland the median income is $44K and 20% are below the poverty level.

Money makes a difference.

Posted by LoveOakland on 06/03/2009 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Measure Y and the Oakland Budget Mess

Virtually all Oakland employees earning $100,000 or more are Police Officers and Firefighters. What pushes them over the $100K mark is overtime. OPD Officers earn an average of $30,000 per year in overtime.

One way the city could save money is for Police - who are set to get a 4 pct. raise and Fire is to make similar sacrifices as other city employees, who have already taken a 5% pay cut.

Posted by LoveOakland on 04/24/2009 at 9:30 AM

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