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Last-ditch effort to save Calif. cops' jobs

Oakland officials and union meet today in bid to avoid 80 layoffs

By Matthai Kuruvila
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland officials will meet with police union leaders this morning in a final attempt to iron out pension concessions that would avoid the layoffs of 80 of the city's 776 police officers by day's end.

Many of the officers whose layoffs are scheduled to become effective tonight stood only days ago on the front lines of the riot in Oakland that followed the Johannes Mehserle verdict - pelted by rocks and bottles thrown by protesters, according to Police Chief Anthony Batts.

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