The Police Officers Association and Fire Fighters Local 522 claim there are172 million dollars "stashed" in funds that might be used to prevent layoffs. They have sent a letter to Mayor Kevin Johnson in response to his Tuesday press conference. He said then if unions were to give up some pension contributions in order to save jobs, he believes there are some matching funds available in at least three different areas including housing and redevelopment.
MAYOR JOHNSON: We always felt as a city that if they were willing to do pension reform, that we could find the amount of dollars very close to what they could do."
According to the Sacramento Police Officers Association, the average pension for a police officer retiring today is 54 thousand dollars a year. 42 police officers were laid off today and fire department brown outs increased from two to four.