Author Archives: David Siders

More from City Hall: O’Rourke proposes firefighter layoffs, Hittle calls that risky

6:53 p.m.: Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke said the administration is seeking to reduce the cost to the city of healthcare and other employee benefits (shifting cost to employees). 6:56 p.m.: O’Rourke is proposing police reductions of more than $11 million, about as anticipated. He said the city also should consider combining the police and […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall: Emergency declared

5:49 p.m.: Also in the early lobby are two people speaking for an increased police presence in central Stockton. In the back row is Fire Capt. Dave Macedo, president of the firefighters union. He has a binder of material with him, including a draft report on the budget from the accountant hired by the police and […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From City Hall:

5:34 p.m.: Mayor Ann Johnston is opening this evening’s budget hearing. She has 31 comment cards, she said. She is attempting to put speakers off until the end of the meeting. She is letting some people speak now, however, if they cannot stay until the end. Several people are opposing cuts to arts programs. Fire […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Deis’ car trip

Former Sonoma County Administrator Bob Deis, who is to become city manager July 1, came to Stockton the other day to buy a car, Vice Mayor Kathy Miller said. Mayor Ann Johnston over and over in public appearances has appealed to residents to shop in Stockton, both for the tax benefit and to support local businesses. […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall:

7:27 p.m.: In discussion about the move to Chase Bank Plaza (Joe Mulligan just said it is the city’s building now, but he did not offer a name), council members are asking about chambers. Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke said the city would find some temporary space if the “city’s ego” can handle it. Council […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall: Council support for moving City Hall, selling Lindsay Street properties

7:01 p.m.: Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke is praising Administrative Services Director and Chief Financial Officer Mark Moses and other city staffers for their help finding an inexpensive computer system. 7:03 p.m.: Former Assistant City Manager Gary Ingraham, who has been at City Hall for years, after retirement as a consultant, is in the chair. […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall:

6:29 p.m.: In a presentation about technology at City Hall, Administrative Services Director and Chief Financial Officer Mark Moses said investment in new technology is lacking. Moses said it is hard to train employees on systems that are 20 years old. They know there is better technology the city could be using, he said. They […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall: Niblock’s got him

6:24 p.m.: Administrative Services Director and Chief Financial Officer Mark Moses is up to talk about the state of technology at City Hall. Former Information Technology Director Kevin Grumbling, who was laid off last year, is in attendance. 6:26 p.m.: A man in the second row is talking on his cellular telephone. A security guard at the front […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More from City Hall:

6:18 p.m.: Vice Mayor Kathy Miller said not to limit customer service training to new employees. Existing employees could use it, too, she said. The expected layoff of hundreds of employees did not come up in the customer service discussion.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From City Hall: Voice mail tips and a new Web site

5:30 p.m.: Mayor Ann Johnston is starting the study session. City Council members were saying very little about the revision late this afternoon of Wednesday’s agenda to address the Fire Department. A number of arts advocates had come to lobby the council not to use $1.1 million in arts funding to help bridge a $23 million deficit. […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment