OAKLAND -- As the fallout of the city's new budget becomes clearer, 56 city employees are headed out the door in the next couple weeks, with unions reporting that the deepest impacts will be seen in the physical maintenance of the city.

The number was a slight reduction from last week's estimates, but as many as 12 more employees could be laid off or bumped into lower positions by year's end, Andrea Gourdine, Oakland's director of human resources, said Thursday.

Deeply hit are workers responsible for cleaning up broken bottles and needles from public parks as well as tree-cutters who keep the city streets safe from overgrowth, according to Dwight McElroy, president of the city's largest public employee union, SEIU Local 1021.

The city's long-dwindling Litter Enforcement Program, which enforced illegal dumping laws, is now completely gone, its last two employees sent packing. One of them, Quincey Smith, said the program launched in 2002 with eight officers but was steadily cut ever since then.

According to Budget Director Sabrina Landreth, some of the other impacts will be:

  • The police department will be budgeted for 636 officers this year and 588 next year.

  • Starting July 2012, the fire department will close two fire houses per day on a rotating basis.

  • Live Oak Pool at Oakland High School will no longer be open in the summer.

  • Elected officials will all receive 15 percent pay cuts.


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    Most laid-off employees got their pink slips July 8. Service impacts should begin to kick in as their two-week notice periods wrap up next weekend.

    Contact Sean Maher at 510-208-6430.