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:
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.