Calif. city council hears more to save police jobs

Residents, advocates, employees, and officers pleaded with the San Rafael City Council to spare the police department despite that city's spiraling deficit


By Jennifer Upshaw Swartz
Marin Independent Journal

Residents, advocates, employees, and officers pleaded with the San Rafael City Council on Wednesday to spare the police department, a $20 million operation that is facing four layoffs as part of a larger initiative to halt the city's spiraling deficit.

The council gathered for a study session on further remedies to close a looming $3.5 million shortfall, just two days after slashing $1.9 million from this year's rolls and $2.7 million next year. Monday's move to suspend or eliminate 12.75 vacant positions, and reduce temporary seasonal help, supply accounts and contract services from police, fire, parks, streets, public works and community service, brought the general fund operating budget down to $56.2 million.

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