The city is already operating under bankruptcy protection. And now it’s facing an unexpected $12-million shortfall in the next fiscal year. So city staff is recommending eliminating 30 police positions from a force of 115.
That’s something City Councilwoman Stephanie Gomes says she can’t support.
“That’s below minimum level of service. There has to be another way to do it. And really, if you look at cutting numbers of police officers or cutting salaries and benefits, I think we need to start looking at cutting salaries and benefits across the board.”
City staff also recommends shutting down two fire stations. They’ll present their proposed cuts at Tuesday's City Council meeting. But the council isn't expected to make any decisions yet.
Last year as Vallejo's budget gap widened, the city closed two other fire stations and cut funding to senior centers, museums and libraries.