More from City Hall:

6:49 p.m.:

Mayor Ann Johnston has pulled the labor agreement with Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 to address a section regarding a provision regarding prescription drugs. Human Resources Director Dianna Garcia said some smaller independents are likely not in a position to offer a level of savings obtained elsewhere. Some pharmacists had appeared during public comment to protest the measure (Earlier, in an unconnected matter, the council proclaimed October to be American Pharmacists Month).

The provision reads:

A co-pay of $3.00 for generic and $8.00 for brand name drugs when purchasing a 90-day supply of prescriptions by mail order, or when purchasing up to a 30-day supply of prescriptions from a high generic dispensing contracted pharmacy (Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens)

Councilman Dale Fritchen said he is concerned about the contract’s impact on local businesses. Councilwoman Susan Eggman said she is concerned, too. She asked if the city could reconsider including small pharmacies if they are able to reduce costs.

Garcia said she could. However, she said, she will need direction from the council about what level of savings it would like. The previous direction, she said, has been to reduce healthcare costs.

6:58 p.m.:

News 10 is here for the firefighters settlement agreement.

7:03 p.m.:

Garcia is trying to save this settlement agreement. She is recommending that the council adopt the agreement. The health care plan design changes will not be made until other labor groups agree, she said. The council will get a crack at this again, anyway, she said, and she would like the deal with fire done.

7:05 p.m.:

Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke is talking for the first time this evening, and this is good news for staff (He has Garcia’s back and is suggesting that the agreement be adopted). He said, “You don’t want to hold up getting the settlement agreement done.”

7:10 p.m.:

Mayor Ann Johnston is asking if the removal of the health care provision would require negotiation with the union. Garcia said she thought not. The health care plan design changes were at the city’s request, she said.

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