The cost of the Redwood City land that San Mateo County is looking to buy for a new jail might increase by hundreds of thousands of dollars unless the Board Supervisors acts soon to close the deal.
Bringing on civilians and volunteers to do police work is one of the only ways to prevent rising police salaries and benefits from bankrupting cities, police Chief George Gascón argues in a paper published last week.
We’re about to witness a new twist on Sacramento’s annual high-stakes budget game. Many Capitol observers believe that incoming Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats, who no longer need GOP budget support thanks to the Nov. 2 passage of an initiative (Proposition 25) that allows a budget to pass with a simple majority rather than a supermajority, are looking to pass a balanced budget that includes deep cuts to public services.
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Teresa Caffese, chief attorney for the Public Defender’s Office, is leaving after 23 years to start a private practice. Caffese has been deeply involved in mental health policy and was in the spotlight in 2005 with the defense of LaShuan Harris, a mentally ill mother who killed her three children by throwing them into the San Francisco Bay.
One need look no further than two Michigan officials — William Cooper, the city manager of Hamtramck, and Tom White, associate director of labor relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards — to grasp the seriousness of the financial crisis exploding across the country.