Departing Deputies Costing Contra Costa County $1.5 Million

MARTINEZ, CA – Contra Costa has lost more than $1 million over the past five years as dozens of sheriff’s deputies it pays to recruit and train have left for higher-paying jobs elsewhere. The steady departure of deputies — more than 100 have resigned in the last two years — is a growing issue for […]

Oakland Fire Department Reducing Services In West Oakland, Downtown As Overtime Soars

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Fire Department for years has filled staffing shortages by spending millions on overtime for existing employees, rather than hiring more firefighters and paramedics. But while that strategy has saved money, the department is now so understaffed that it’s been forced to reduce medical services in West Oakland and downtown, and […]