Update 7:15 p.m. The San Jose City Council has adopted a budget that closes a projected $115 million deficit. But as KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm reports, the pain in the spending plan involves cutting 500 positions. Listen here:

Earlier post:
San Jose’s City Council is reconvening at 1:30 p.m. to discuss and vote on the city budget. Agenda here.

Former Merc editor Janice Rombeck, who now runs the site NeighborWebSJ, told us that councilmembers are mostly on board with the mayor’s budget, which would cut 122 police officers, among other things. And that’s with police agreeing to a 10 percent pay cut. Four city worker unions have had a 10 percent cut imposed, Rombeck says. The MEF (Municipal Employees Federation), which represents several thousand workers, has been the most vocal in criticizing the cuts.

As contentious as the budget is, an even bigger brouhaha is brewing over Chuck Reed’s Fiscal State of Emergency Plan, which calls for a ballot measure to enact pension reform that some are already tarring with the W-word. (Update 3:30 p.m. This just in, literally: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules the law can go into effect.)The next vote by the council in that process occurs a week from today.

San Jose City Council Approves Budget, Cuts 500 Jobs 14 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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