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David Siders

David Siders covers Stockton City Hall for The Record. He is from Duluth, Minn., and has been at The Record since 2004. He lives in Stockton with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Alice.

Leaving

The first post went up in August 2006. It read:  Here goes: A blog on Stockton City Hall What’s to come is part news and part notebook, the sort of things about city politics and management that are too good to pass up but don’t make it into print. It starts this afternoon. I hope […]

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Morning roundup

The Civil Service Commission meets at 3 p.m. It is to hear a report on the effect of laying off city employees on military deployment.  City of Stockton Management B&C Employees Association is scheduled to vote June 8 on a concessions package similar to the one Stockton City Employees Association adopted Tuesday, an official said.

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D’Souza out

A going away party for Senior Deputy City Auditor Vanessa D’Souza is at 2:30 p.m. in the Third Floor at the Stewart/Eberhardt Essential Services Building. D’Souza is perhaps the only person in Stockton who truly understood how much it cost to build Stockton Arena. Her 2007 report is here. She also authored the audit shop’s […]

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SCEA authorizes concessions

While the Stockton Police Officers Association was hanging billboards about body counts in its battle with City Hall, the Stockton City Employees Association, a civilian group, authorized furloughs and forfeited a pay increase Tuesday, concessions a union official put at about $2.3 million next fiscal year. In return, the administration said savings would be applied […]

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Heavy lifting Hittle

From the archives, a young Ron Hittle (now the fire chief at the center of a battle between the Second Floor and the Fire Department and its firefighters union): Photo by Calixtro Romias / The Record

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Police no longer staff council meetings

The police officers at Tuesday’s City Council meeting did not take their chairs up front (the sitting is a recent development; officers stood at the back of council chambers for years), replaced by private security guards. The officers remained in the lobby that night to ensure the security guards did OK. They did, and at Wednesday’s budget […]

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More from City Hall:

8:48 p.m.: There is to be no budget hearing next week. Public comment is starting. Back to the office. Goodnight.

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More from City Hall: Arts endowment preserved

8:44 p.m.: Interim City Manager is proposing to remove from the budget the possible use of $1.1 million in arts endowment money to help balance the budget. The council is not interested. “Drop it out,” Mayor Ann Johnston said. No one disagreed. People in the audience applauded.

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More from City Hall:

7:51 p.m.: Community Services Director Pam Sloan is at the podium, handing off to City Librarian Chris Freeman. Freeman is talking about possibilities for library savings. The city could order rolling closures of branch libraries to avoid closing the Troke and Fair Oaks branch libraries completely, he said. However, service would decline, he said. A second […]

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More from City Hall: Murdoch the pro

7:48 p.m.: In which Bob Murdoch indicates that he would like to remain a department head at City Hall … Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke is proposing reducing by $300,000 spending on sidewalks. Mayor Ann Johnston is asking Public Works Director Bob Murdoch if he could support the proposal. “Absolutely!” Murdoch said. “I support the city […]

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