Fritchen’s boycott

True, Councilman Dale Fritchen missed the closed session before Tuesday’s study session on the Climate Action Plan.

But he said today that he’s not boycotting closed sessions. That’s a rumor, he said, like one that he opposed the AB506 to position himself for a run at the mayor’s seat and that he skipped the council meeting after Feb. 28 (AB506) in protest. That was a planned family vacation to Washington D.C., he said.

Fritchen said he occasionally misses the closed sessions because he said he works and he can’t always get away from his job. He tries to make as many of them as he possibly can, Fritchen said.

It’s also true that he opposes the city taking steps that could lead to bankruptcy. He’s the lone council member who opposed it and he’s taking the heat. Said Fritchen:

“The easiest thing would have been for me to keep quiet and bite my tongue. I truly believe that bankruptcy is not good for Stockton. It will cause more harm than good. I believe most people agree with me. What else can I do but stand up and try to do what I can?”

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