Proposed budget cuts by department

On Wednesday, the Oakland City Council held the first of three special meetings to discuss the Mayor’s FY09-11 budget. More on the discussion next week, but for now, readers may be interested in examining the presentation given at the meeting outlining exactly what cuts each department is facing, and what the service impacts for residents will be.

You can view the presentation here (PDF).

The next scheduled budget meeting will take place on Thursday, May 28th. There will be another meeting on June 1st. The Council expects to adopt the budget at their regular meeting on June 16th.

Additionally, District 5 Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente will be hosting another town hall meeting on the budget on Monday, May 18th at Patten University (2433 Coolidge Avenue) from 6:30-8:00.

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  1. Patrick

    Volunteer at one of parks if you have the time! I visited Morcom Rose Garden earlier this week and met Torah (sp?), the last remaining gardener for the entire park (there used to be 5, plus part-timers). Torah stated that with the new budget cuts, parks like Morcom won’t even have a full-time gardener anymore – just a crew that rotates every two weeks. The parks are going to be a mess – and the cost of replanting/repairing the damage will certainly exceed the money saved unless we pitch in. All you have to do is sign an “I Won’t Sue Oakland” waiver, and they’ll show you what needs to be done, according to your abilities. After the first time, you may come and work at your pleasure, if the park is open. If you have gloves and pruning shears, bring them – they have very few.