Thursday Must Reads: Oakland Budget Battles Heat Up; Mayor Quan’s Chief of Staff Appointed to School Board

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1. The Oakland City Council will consider competing budget proposals at a hearing today at City Hall that will ultimately determine whether the city will further civilianize its police force or provide raises to non-sworn employees. A plan authored by Council President Pat Kernighan that’s backed by Councilwoman Libby Schaaf and Mayor Jean Quan would add five civilian police dispatchers and ten civilian evidence technicians to help the police department solve crimes. But a competing proposal from Councilmembers Larry Reid, Desley Brooks, and Noel Gallo would instead fund pay increases for civilian employees citywide, the Chron$ reports. The city’s budget director, however, has said that the Reid, Brooks, and Gallo plan will cause a $9 million shortfall because it fails to properly account for the proposed raises.

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