Mayor Libby Schaaf said the upcoming cuts are unavoidable.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland's mayor is bracing city workers for some very painful cuts.
In an email sent out Friday, Mayor Libby Schaaf said a growing budget shortfall needs to be addressed immediately.
She writes, "We know this is painful and scary news to hear. But if we work together, we will get through this extraordinary challenge."
Other cost-cutting measures include:
"We know there's going to be some difficult decisions to make, all the options we have and whatever combination of options, none of them are good, none of them are pleasant, none of them are going to make anybody happy," said councilmember Dan Kalb.
Mayor Schaaf announced that cuts are coming to address a $62 million dollar shortfall that continues to grow.
"Not only am I looking at a lot of the administrators to take a cut but the mayor, the city council, we also need to be a part of that equation," said Councilmember Noel Gallo.
Appearing on ABC7's Midday Live, earlier this week, the mayor said the upcoming cuts are unavoidable.
"We are out of those one-time fixes. This is a moment when we are going to have to make some serious service cuts, if we cannot get aid from the federal government," she said.
Councilmember Kalb said he is hoping for fierce debates and will be fighting for full-time city workers to be spared, as much as possible.
"I hope most of what we do is done in negotiations with our workforce," he said.
Councilmember Gallo said he will be fighting for the priorities of the community he serves, a district that is dealing with issues exacerbated by the pandemic.
"What are Oakland's greatest needs and priorities and that is to meet housing needs, public safety and dealing with our homeless situation," he said.
Oakland has about 5,000 city employees. City Council will meet next week to hear more details on other cost-cutting measures.