Day labor, business taxes, Ralph White lawsuit and the budget

• The City Council Legislation/Environmental Committee will meet this afternoon at 4 p.m. in the second-floor council chambers.

On the agenda is a draft day labor ordinance, which would prohibit soliciting work on streets and in nonresidential parking areas.

Also, the committee will consider draft revisions to the city’s business tax ordinance, although a memo on the agenda item says the purpose of the changes are not to increase overall business taxes but, rather, to fix obsolete language, clarify confusing provisions and make the tax rates more equitable across the business community.

• At 1:30 p.m., a five-year-old lawsuit, filed by former councilman Ralph Lee White against Stockton and its Police Department, is scheduled to begin trial today before Judge Elizabeth Humphreys in courtroom 41. White sued the city in 2005, claiming that police wrongfully towed three vehicles from in front of his home in retaliation for critical comments he made the night before at a City Council meeting.

• Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 and the city were scheduled to meet again this morning. The City Council is expected to adopt a budget tomorrow regardless if labor agreements are struck with police and fire. Here’s what the two sides last discussed, and here’s a Q&A and graphic treatment we did on the issue over the weekend.

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