July 14th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Oakland lays off 80 police officers, citing budget concerns

The city of Oakland, California, has laid off 80 police officers, citing budget concerns.

Negotiations between the city and the officers' union collapsed Tuesday over the issue of job security. According to the city's website, Oakland's final offer to the Oakland Police Officers Association guaranteed one year of no layoffs, with union members paying an escalating percentage of their city pension, topping out at 9 percent in January 2013.

The city said the union originally offered to pay the 9 percent, but only in exchange for a three-year, "no layoff" guarantee.

"Given the City's financial situation, it would have been financially irresponsible for the City to consider any 'no layoff' guarantee in excess of one year," said Oakland's website.

The union said it was disappointed by the city's decision.

"Losing four officers last year was a shock to us all, and we haven't really recovered from that yet. And now we are losing another 80 officers this year, not by the hand of a gun but by the hand of a pen," said Dominique Arotzarena, president of the Oakland Police Officers Association.

Budget problems have forced many cutbacks in Oakland. The city says it and its civilian employee unions agreed on 12 business closure days through April 1, 2011, to balance the 2009-2011 budget, the first of which was July 2. On those days, Oakland is suspending administrative and other city services, except for police, fire and emergency services.

The city said Tuesday it still hopes to work with the police union "to support ballot measures in the November election which will help provide additional funding to pay for the 80 officers who will be leaving the force effective today as well as to avoid laying off an additional 122 officers effective January 1, 2011, as per the recently passed budget resolution."

Post by:
Filed under: California • Economy • Jobs
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Red Blooded American

    Meanwhile, the banks just keep raking in the profits....

    Ever wonder why nobody has any money to pay for stuff you really need?

    Time for the banksters to go to jail for crimes against humanity.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim in Kentucky.

    Because the conservatives want less government, maybe the tea pahtay and republicans can answer the distress calls in Colorado Springs & Oakland.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave R.

      Conservatives don't want cuts in Police. Where the Hell did you get that idea? Did you just now make that up in your "pea-brain", you idiot? They want Obama to stop creating useless, tax-funded Gov't programs and Czars!

      July 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mortimus

    The people in Oakland will be glad to hear this. They have been badgered by Oakland police for years and will be better off with 60 fewer to have harassing them!

    July 15, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave R.

      Mortimus (BTW, nice name, LOL!) You're Freakin' IDIOT, and part of the PROBLEM! OF ALL places in the U.S. to lay-off 80 cops- OAKLAND??!! They need those 80 cops plus another 80, at least. Thanks to Ron Dellums and Moonbeam Brown, it's no wonder they're broke. I don't care WHAT they have to cut in "Social Service" programs, the police and safety of the community are far more important than some of these bums and all those un-wed mothers with 7 kids collecting "free money"!

      July 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DontEverDoThatAgain

    Did anyone else read the list of 44 violations that the police won't respond to now? It's going to be the wild wild west out in Oakland.

    - Don't Ever Do That Again

    July 15, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |