Department of Justice critical of one City Hall budget assumption

City Manager Gordon Palmer’s plan to balance Stockton’s budget depends on millions of dollars in federal aid for police. For Stockton or any other city to count on that is irresponsible, a Department of Justice official said this afternoon, the day Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, sent the department a letter urging it to award Stockton some $45 million over three years to retain police officers who have been or otherwise would be laid off.


“There shouldn’t be anybody who’s built into their budget for the next fiscal year an expectation of getting these grants,” said David Buchanan, assistant director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.


Palmer said, “Of course they’re going to say that.” He said, “Until they grant the money, they aren’t going to tell any city you’re going to get the money.”


More to follow this evening in the blog.


For now, however, the evening’s City Council meeting has started. Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce CEO Douglass Wilhoit again gave the invocation. Mayor Ann Johnston mentioned she read Fahrenheit 451 the other day. Wes Rhea is giving a presentation on tourism in Stockton. The PowerPoint is up.

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