City Workers Rally as Oakland Budget Pain Starts



When Oakland confronted a $42 million deficit, the City Councll decided to shut down city government for a few days over the next fiscal year to help deal with the shortfall. The first of those days came and went on Wednesday, and 200 angry city workers marched around City Hall and Broadway, since they didn't have anything else to do. According to the Trib, the employees chanted "Chop from the top!" and claimed that city leaders could have prevented this by eliminating employee travel expenses and other costs. Acting city administrator Dan Lindheim replied that the city's budget problems were far too big to be solved by such paltry measures.