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1. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums unveiled his budget plan yesterday, calling for the elimination of eighty police positions unless cops agree to start contributing toward their pensions like other city employees. Dellums’ proposal also depends on voters approving a change to Measure Y and okaying a November parcel tax or other tax measures that could generate an additional $50 million a year for the city. If voters don’t, then the number of police layoffs would top 200. The plan by Dellums, who has come under media criticism for not playing a more public role in the city’s budget crisis, came just two days before the city council is to vote on the budget and is similar to a proposal released Monday by four council members.

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