Oakland, Calif., Cuts IT Budget
Oakland, Calif.'s City Council has voted to trim the budget of the city's Information Technology Department as part of a plan to bridge a $30 million budget deficit.
The department's budget reduction came along with a decision to lay off 80 police officers and also cut funding for the fire department, City Administrator's office and City Council.
Oakland, a city of 360,000 in California's Bay Area, has suffered in recent years as corporations have fled the state's sour economy. Like many municipalities across the country, Oakland has been forced to cut costs because of declining revenue.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle