More from City Hall: Ending with little talk on labor deals

8:03 p.m.:

On to council comments.

Vice Mayor Kathy Miller: “I just want to say that this weekend there were some really great events going on around here.” It was the Fourth of July weekend, and though there were no fireworks on the Fourth (budget cuts) there was Taste of San Joaquin.

Councilman Elbert Holman Jr.: “I had kind of a surreal moment this weekend.” He said he was watching Tiger Woods on TV and saw Woods give a young man a fist bump and wish him well. The man had been injured in combat. Then, Holman said, he saw in the newspaper a picture of a serviceman with a huge backpack on working in the desert. He said, “I just sincerely want to thank the men and women of the United States armed forces for their tremendous sacrifice.”

Councilwoman Susan Eggman: “We are doing the first major work we’ve done to the Victory Park pond since 1914.” There are, she said, many people who are very upset about the possibility of ducks being without water. The ducks are being relocated or fly away, she said. Also, Eggman said, “Thanks to staff for long hours and a lot of patience and to the leadership of SPOA and fire so that we can finally, hopefully, put our issues … behind us.”

Councilman Dale Fritchen: Fritchen is thanking Holman for his comments about veterans. He said his group will try by next year to have enough money raised to have fireworks on the Fourth.

Councilwoman Diana Lowery: Lowery said she would like to compliment those agencies that did different things on the Fourth. “Sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons,” she said.

Mayor Ann Johnston: She said the labor deals and budget adoption could allow the city to move beyond the budget crisis and labor negotiations that occupied City Hall for the past several months.

The meeting is adjourned.

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