“A week or two”

This is the deadline Councilman Dale Fritchen gave himself at last night’s town hall meeting for laying out his plans to balance Stockton’s budget without laying off any police officers. His rationale is that the council over the last three years has trimmed $90M, so the city can tough out another year of hard decisions.

Others in leadership say, no, the city is already deficient. Rather than cutting, the city needs to address the structure of finances. That’s presumably the conversation happening right now in confidential mediation and will be finally dealt with if the city ends up in bankruptcy court. They’re looking for a substantial fix, rather then eking out another year.

Fritchen has irritated others on the council for taking such a hard line against mediation and anything bankruptcy related. That’s mostly because he’s said he’s going to present his alternatives, yet he hasn’t yet done it and the clock is ticking. According to his website, Fritchen has no town hall meetings scheduled.

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