Thursday Must Read: Another Oakland tax proposal, more state furloughs, and a new Bay Bridge tower


The Oakland School Board may place a $195-a-year parcel tax on the November ballot to raise an estimated $20 million for teacher raises, the Oakland Tribune reported. The proposed tax measure, which must be supported by four of the seven school board members at Thursday’s board meeting, would join a proposed $360-a-year parcel tax being sought by the city council to enable it to rehire 80 laid-off Oakland police officers. The district’s last attempt to raises taxes, in 2008, failed to secure enough votes. Oakland’s teachers are among the lowest-paid in the Bay Area and yet still earn an average starting salary of $53,000 a year, the paper reported.