Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. The AC Transit board of directors voted last night to dramatically cut weekend and overnight bus service in an effort to bridge an $18 million budget deficit, the Chron reports. The vote was unanimous and it was the third such cutback this year, totaling about one-third of the agency’s routes. In the latest cuts, which will severely impact low-income residents throughout the East Bay, the agency slashed 39 of its 56 weekend routes and four of its six overnight routes. The cuts came in response to a judge’s decision to rescind $15.7 million in employee compensation reductions that AC Transit instituted earlier this year.
2. UC Berkeley will eliminate 200 jobs by January 1, bringing the total number of job cuts to 800 since last year, the Chron reports. It’s not clear how many workers will be laid off or whether the campus will make the reductions through employee attrition. The cuts come as a result of decreasing state revenue and are a part of Cal’s effort to reduce inefficiency and waste identified in a campus audit.