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1. The Oakland City Council has adopted new rules that would prohibit last-minute budget proposals that the public has not had a chance to review, the Trib reports. The new rules are designed to improve transparency for the city’s budget approval process, and prevent a repeat of recent years in which councilmembers introduced major budget revisions on the night they needed to be approved under city law, thereby giving the public no chance to analyze them. Under the new regulations, proposals must be made at least three days before the meeting in which the budget must be adopted. Councilmembers Larry Reid and Desley Brooks voted against the new rules.