Even if Oakland and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office had resolved their money squabbles, there was another issue that might have imperiled the county's now defunct police patrols in Oakland -- almost no deputies wanted any part of them.
The weekend patrols helping Oakland's undermanned police department in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods turned out to be very undesirable overtime shifts for sheriff's deputies.
Of the roughly 435 deputies trained to do street patrols, only 15 were willing to do the overtime work in Oakland, Sheriff Greg Ahern said.
Undersheriff Richard Lucia told a committee of county supervisors last week that the deputies were "getting burned out." He also was concerned that the deputies would be stretched even thinner during the summer when crime usually peaks.
The patrols, which ended Saturday, consisted of 10 deputies and a sheriff per shift.
Oakland council members had requested that the county increase the patrols to four days a week without charging the city any more money.
The lack of willing deputies appears to have made that a tough wish to grant. Ahern said last week he wouldn't make deputies do the overtime patrols in Oakland against their will. "That's not a reasonable option," he said.
Negotiations to extend the patrols broke down over the county's insistence that Oakland accept responsibility for workers' compensation and associated costs, Ahern said. The issue came to the fore after a deputy was shot in the foot during a patrol last month.
Oakland has instead extended its contract with the California Highway Patrol, which has agreed to do additional patrols to offset the loss of the deputies.
City, school electeds gather in San Leandro
Fourteen local elected officials and the superintendents of the San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts gathered at San Leandro's main library Monday to discuss the region's future and projects underway.
Although not yet funded, Debbie Acosta, chief innovation officer for the city of San Leandro, said the city hopes to eventually connect area schools to its high-speed Internet Lit San Leandro fiber optic loop, a prospect that perked the ears of school officials.
Police Capt. Ed Tracey said valuable school resource officers at San Leandro High have been reduced from three to two officers because of increased calls for service that need to be tended to, and grant funding for one of the current positions is expected to go away in 2014.
A number of school fields and facilities are being overhauled in both districts, thanks to millions of dollars in voter-approved bonds approved since 2004.
San Leandro Unified is working to decide which projects will be completed with the $6.2 million it saved in its bond program, while the superintendent for San Lorenzo Unified plans to propose returning more than $1.6 million in bond savings to the voters, they said.