Dellums: Shut Down City to Balance Budget

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has finally released some of his budget proposals, and the mayor has proposed shutting down city services for twelve days in order to make up a projected $15 million budget shortfall. Police, fire, and Head Start programs would stay open, and the twelve days would obviously not be consecutive. Still, shutting down the government is a pretty serious step. According to the Trib, city union leader Dwight McElroy says his members will oppose the move, and that the mayor didn’t seriously consider other options. Of course, he doesn’t mention what those options might be. Bank robbery? Arbitrage trading with city funds? Meanwhile, Ignacio De la Fuente suspects that the city’s deficit numbers may be too optimistic, especially since the state will probably cut millions in city funds.

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