Calling All Opinions in Oakland

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK

     Oakland City Council members and City Administrator Dan Lindheim  are holding three community forums in the next two weeks to get ideas on how  the city can close its $31.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year beginning  July 1.

    City Council President Jane Brunner noted that 85 percent of the  city's general fund budget, excluding debt, goes to police and fire services  and said the city is trying to figure out which city services to cut.

    Brunner said the manner in which the city solves its budget  problems will shape arts and culture, recreation, senior and youth services  and public safety for years to come.

    The first community forum will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday  at Glenview Elementary School at 4215 La Cresta Ave. in Central Oakland.

    The next forum will be at the same time on June 14, at the  Eastmont police substation at 2651 73rd Ave. in East Oakland.

    The last forum will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 17 at Peralta  Elementary School at 460 63rd St. in North Oakland.

    Oakland residents can send budget suggestions to  oaklandbudgetsuggestions@oaklandnet.com.