Oakland City Council approves budget cuts

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

Since the state slashed redevelopment funds to Californian cities, Oakland  had to find $28 million to keep certain programs  operating.  As a result, the City Council approved a new budget that  will  lay off 80 staff members.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Administrator Deanna Santana announced last week a plan to cut at least 105 positions to close the budget gap. Council members identified a variety of sources to reduce those layoffs and keep some programs. The new budget maintains funding for the Children’s Fairyland and Oakland Zoo as well as the City’s 211 information call centers.

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