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Calculating SEIU pay raises

We received an email last Friday asking why readers are never told the pay scales currently used in my SEIU strike coverage last week. The reason is simple. There are six bargaining units in the SEIU, with at least 59 different job classifications ranging from lab techs to building inspectors to probation officers to mental [...]

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FPPC reports slightly off

Ah, election time, when people want to know which candidates are spending how much on what, and who is donating to whom. My story Monday regarding campaign finances for San Joaquin County Supervisor candidates has erroneous figures with regards to cash on hand. What happened was total expenditures for the year-to-date were subtracted from the [...]

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Probation officers pay raises

In Monday’s article regarding pay increases for San Joaquin County probation officers, http://www.recordnet.com/news/20160321/probation-officers-to-receive-pay-increase, I unknowingly omitted how much officers currently make, and how much they stand to make with the increase. There are four probation officer position classifications, as well as part-time officers. Each position has five steps or pay grades. Here is what the [...]

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South Burkett Avenue house ordeal continues

Late Monday, I received a call from Doris Carollo,the Visalia resident who has control over a house on S. Burkett Ave. in Stockton. http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160228/NEWS/160229712/0/SEARCH While she appreciated my effort to relate the ordeal she is going through with a local investor, she continued to attack the tenants who have moved in to her grandmother’s home [...]

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Medical marijuana cultivation banned in San Joaquin County

All cultivation of medical marijuana is banned in the county. My article in today’s Record states that commercial growers would be allowed to cultivate. However, that was based on the supervisors’ April 7 meeting in which the county ban was introduced. At that time, it appeared that only personal cultivation would be banned, pending approval [...]

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SJC Republicans happy with FPPC ruling

Susan Vander Schaaf, president of the San Joaquin Republican Party, returned my call on Monday to comment on the recent fine her organization had been handed by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. My story on the $5,000 fine levied by the FPPC ran Monday. Vander Schaaf said the SJGOP was satisfied with the FPPC [...]

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FPPC ruling clarification

Bill Emmerson did not lose his bid for State Senate in 2012 as reported in my FPPC article today. He resigned abruptly. That was somehow omitted during my own editing process before being turned in for further editing.

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County display at the Capitol gets makeover

Susan Eggman’s legislative aide Christian Burkin let me know today that San Joaquin County’s display in the corridors of the State Capitol has been given a makeover. Every one of California’s 58 counties touts its resources, attractions and features with their own display in the Capitol corridors, he said. The project to update the display [...]

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More the Woodbridge Wilderness Area

My story on the Woodbridge Wilderness Area Master Plan http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151027/NEWS/151029741 was printed in today’s record, noting that it will not be presented to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in December as originally planned. There were many reasons why the county parks commission chose to hold off on the presentation, the biggest of which [...]

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Perceived ethics violations

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Bob Elliott presented a list of actions performed by fellow supervisors that could be perceived as code of ethics violations. Most of them were directed at board Vice Chair Chuck Winn with regards to his vote during the appointment of the new county assessor-recorder-county clerk, including campaign contributions [...]

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