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.
"If we don't make hard decisions now, we will face heart-breaking decisions later," said Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Oakland City Administrator Ed Reiskin has already imposed $29 million dollars in reductions, including to police and fire services.
"When you close firehouses, it means response times get extended," said Zac Unger, President of Local 55 Oakland Firefighters. "So closing firehouses in the middle of both a pandemic and in the middle of epic wildfires is just terrible public policy."