OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lay off notices have been sent to 80 Oakland police officers.

The City Council approved the lay offs last week in an effort to close a $31 million budget deficit. They become effective July 12.

The council said up to 122 more officers in the 776-member Police Department could lose their jobs in January if voters in November don't approve a new tax or an amendment to an existing tax ordinance.

Oakland and the police union have been in talks. Council members want the union to agree to have officers contribute 9 percent of their pay to the pension program as other city employees do.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle



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