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Crosscurrents

Oakland Prepares For Largest Budget Shortfall In The City’s History

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Oakland is preparing economic challenges caused by the Coronavirus.

Oakland is bracing for a $122 million shortfall over 14 months due to the coronavirus. This is the largest financial shortfall in the city’s history. What is the city’s plan to weather this economic storm?

"This is the biggest shortfall we've seen and over the next 14 months, it will require significant and quick action" - Bradley Johnson, Principal Budget & Management Analyst for the City of Oakland

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.