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Christian Burkin

Christian Burkin writes about Stockton area crime and public safety. Born in Los Angeles, he moved to Stockton as a teenager, briefly attended Bear Creek High School, joined the U.S. Army, served four years on active duty and then was honorably discharged. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he studied political science, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Stockton, near American Legion Park.

What happened last night

The proposal to adjust police Chief Blair Ulring’s pay — cutting some things, raising others — was defeated by a single vote. City Manager Bob Deis had recommended the changes because they would allow the city to hold on to Ulring, who would retire otherwise, and save the city another round of headhunting, or the […]

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This week

Arbitration between the city and Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 may conclude this week. This could affect the tentative contract agreement between the two parties. If, for example, the arbitrator rules the city was entirely in the wrong when it imposed conditions last year, what happens to the union’s willingness to approve a contract conceding […]

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