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Oakland fire stations may close due to budget deficit

Zac Unger, president of the Oakland firefighters union, is calling on Oakland residents to contact the city and ask that fire stations be exempted from budget cuts.

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Oakland mayor says more painful cuts ahead in new year as city faces $62M budget shortfall

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — The City of Oakland begins the new year still having to cut more than $30 million from its budget to head off a projected $62 million shortfall.

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‘No good options:’ Oakland leaders grapple with cuts to services as $62 mil budget shortfall looms

OAKLAND — The City Council on Wednesday approved a small set of measures to reduce the $62 million budget shortfall that Oakland is facing, but some cautioned against other cuts announced by the city administrator.

Tasked Wednesday with approving just one emergency ordinance that would authorize the city administrator to postpone scheduled pay raises for the fire and police chiefs in 2021 and impose on them 10 furlough days — saving about $85,000 for the year — the eight city councilmembers unanimously approved the measure.

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COVID Cuts: Oakland Leaders Face Heat Over Fire Station Cutbacks Amid $62 Million Deficit – ‘We’ve Never Closed Three At A Time’

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Due to the pandemic, the city of Oakland is facing a huge $62 million budget deficit this year. So far, one of the proposed cuts drawing the most heat is to the Fire Department.

With all the revenue it’s lost during COVID-19, Oakland has some difficult choices to make.

Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Ed Reiskin sent a letter to city employees last month saying without massive cuts, “…the General Purpose Fund will be insolvent before the end of the fiscal year… Even the City’s emergency reserve will be completely exhausted.”

So, in a long list of cuts, city staff is proposing three of the city’s 25 fire engine companies be put out of service. That represents 15% of the city’s firefighting force.

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