BY ADAM ASHTON
THE MODESTO BEE
Police layoff decision tonight - Local - The Modesto Bee: "The road to tonight's Modesto City Council decision on whether to lay off 10 cops started a year ago with a series of 11 bargaining sessions that resulted in a new police contract praised by both sides.
That deal, crafted by new union leadership and veteran city officials, promised to raise officer pay by 10 percent despite an apparently worsening recession.
It's now the crux of a visceral dispute between the Modesto Police Officers Association and city officials who can't agree on a way to adjust the contract and prevent layoffs."