If Tacoma’s Interim City Manager Rey Arellano thinks his latest budget proposal is a joke, I have news for him. It ain’t funny.
With $23 million in expected cuts coming in 2012, potential job losses come as no surprise. The number of jobs–165 jobs according to the latest Trib report–does put a hefty human toll, especially given the nation’s unemployment woes.
But those figures blur when the two job classifications taking the majority of the cuts come into focus: Police officers and firefighters.
In all fairness I know people in both agencies, and will indirectly …