Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told the Chron that she opposes putting public-employee pension reform measures on the ballot, and intends to obtain union concessions at the bargaining table. Oakland public-employee unions vigorously oppose such ballot measures, and Quan said it would be counterproductive to start a fight with the unions while her administration is still negotiating. “I’m asking for a true ‘fair share’ budget where everybody gives. Can you get that when you’re beating people up? I don’t think so,” she told the paper. Quan also noted that her proposed parcel tax will likely lose if city leaders are battling with unions over pension-reform at the ballot box.
2. Quan’s administration, meanwhile, got a new radio system installed for the police department, replacing an older one that kept failing, the Trib reports. Oakland’s new system will be compatible over time with the county and other East Bay cities in order to be able to better coordinate during disasters — a problem that plagued Oakland during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Hills Firestorm.