Downtown alliance neutral on Measure H

The Downtown Stockton Alliance Board of Directors today declined to take a position on Measure H, the city’s November bid to change Fire Department language in the city charter.

Directors voted 5-4 to remain neutral after supporters and opponents gave presentations to the board, alliance Executive Director Tim Kerr said.

The decision runs counter to other signs of support from the business community, including endorsements from the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and other prominent business leaders.

Kerr said board members who voted to remain neutral argued Measure H has little direct impact on downtown businesses. Others expressed a desire to keep the alliance apolitical, he said.

The ballot measure seeks to eliminate city charter provisions that mandate the fire chief must be hired from within and that require binding arbitration in labor disputes.

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