The Sanctuary City of Oakland, California is now facing a massive $25 million financial gap in its operating budget for 2019; diverting emergency funds to “keep the street lights” on as resources run dry.
“At a time when Oakland is trying to cure its pothole epidemic, the city is planning to use $2.9 million in state gas tax money to keep its streetlights on, then use what it saves of its own money to stave off cuts in parks and recreation,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Though cranes are rising across the skyline and Oakland’s revenues are growing at a steady rate due to the strong real estate market, the city’s expenses continue to rise faster than revenues,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Schaaf made national headlines last year when she “tipped-off” illegal immigrants of impending ICE raids; violating federal law and prompting a fierce backlash from the Trump administration.
Read the full report at the San Francisco Chronicle.