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Layoffs of Alameda city staff expected today

Michele Ellson of The Island stayed up to watch last night’s city council meeting and has this on job cuts in the city: “…the word is that we’re getting a list of the positions to be cut today, so I’m sure there will be more to come.” She also has, for your edification, a list of current city employees and their salaries and benefits. Both Alameda bloggers John Knox White and Lauren Do have other info on cuts to city staff.

Oh! For context: Oakland layoffs, Fremont layoffs, and Bay Area layoffs.

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Alameda’s UTStarcom cuts 500 jobs

I admit to not having heard of UTStarcom until yesterday. But the Fortune 1000 company (with offices worldwide, including Alameda) appears to be cutting 500 jobs. It is not clear from news reports how many of those layoffs will be local. In case you are curious about UTStarcom, there’s this from the wikipedia:

UTStarcom is a Fortune 1000 company that specializes in IP-based networking products for telecommunications companies and service providers. Its core markets are multimedia communications and broadband, including IP communications and entertainment (IPTV), next generation broadband networks and optical network solutions.

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Bay Area companies making layoffs

Delivery giant DHL Monday announced it would be cutting more than 800 Bay Area jobs. The company will no longer offer express delivery within the United States, but will continue their international delivery service. The last day of work for the affected DHL workers is scheduled to be sometime in late January.

The Alameda-based Avigen has cut 70 percent of its workforce—following last month’s clinical failure of its multiple sclerosis drug. The company is considering shuttering its Alameda office entirely.

More on biotech cutbacks here and here.

[Edited 12/3: Emeryville-based LeapFrog is cutting 10 percent (or 70) of its workers. The story's here.]