Tue, Apr 19, 2011 -- 12:04 PM

Caltrain's New Plan to Maintain Service ... Prison Guard Union Deal ... BART Gets New Deputy Police Chiefs

Caltrain Arrives at Working Plan to Maintain Service
Caltrain officials say they now have a working plan to fund transit service at its current level, by moving funds around to cover a deficit. As KQED's Joshua Johnson reports, the agency plans to keep looking for another source to cover its $3.5 million deficit.

New Prison Guard Union Deal Could Prove Costly to Calif. Taxpayers
Governor Jerry Brown's administration has negotiated a contract with a powerful prison guards' union that could prove costly to taxpayers. The deal would allow guards to bank unlimited vacation time that must be paid out when they retire. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said today that the average correctional officer already has nearly 19 weeks of accumulated leave time, valued at $600 million.

BART Swears in New Deputy Police Chiefs
BART is swearing in three new deputy police chiefs today. The hires are the result of public outcry over the shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant by former BART officer Johannes Mehserle. An outside auditor recommended the changes, in addition to a citizen review board that will monitor the transit agency's police force.

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