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Morning roundup

The City Council has a study session at 5:30 p.m. Customer service and the planned move of City Hall to Chase Bank Plaza are on the agenda. Arts advocates are preparing for Wednesday night’s budget hearing, where the City Council is to consider funding reductions in the city’s budget crisis.

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Morning roundup

Dallas Braden received the key to the city on Saturday. The City Council in a study session Tuesday is expected to discuss the planned move of City Hall to Chase Bank Plaza. The administration is considering whether that move makes sense. The council is expected on Wednesday to give direction to interim City Manager Kevin […]

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AG on first blush

Last month, when the Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee voted to recommend a green building ordinance that would impose only restrictions mandated by state law, the lone dissident, environmentalist Dale Stockton, said the recommendation was “flying in the face” of City Hall’s landmark settlement agreement with state Attorney General Jerry Brown and the Sierra Club […]

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Morning roundup

Today is a 9/80 Friday, and City Hall is closed. The San Joaquin Council of Governments executive team meets at noon. Mayor Ann Johnston is expected to attend.

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Reported

Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke did not look entirely thrilled when, near the end of this evening’s budget hearing, City Librarian Chris Freeman came to the podium to discuss the “intensely valuable asset” that is the Troke Branch Library, a branch the administration is considering closing (O’Rourke has said he is a proponent of department heads […]

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Morning roundup

A City Council budget hearing is at 5:30 p.m. Library Systems & Services LLC, a Maryland-based company that intends to bid on the San Joaquin County/Stockton request for proposals for library outsourcing, is in town this week looking around.

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More from City Hall:

7:46 p.m.: The City Council is back from a break. It has a hearing on the 2009 Housing Element. That hearing is done. The meeting is, too. Goodnight.

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More from City Hall:

7:22 p.m.: The City Council has it in for the Fire Department in a real way tonight: In an item in which the council was expected to cancel $15 million in Strong Neighborhoods Initiative debt to reduce annual payments, Councilwoman Susan Eggman is proposing that a planned fire station be canceled, adding $5 million more to the […]

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More from City Hall: Council opposes fire funding

6:37 p.m.: Fire Chief Ron Hittle is being asked by the City Council about the $6 million allocation he is requesting. The council knew the department would be over budget months ago, when it adopted a budget that relied on concessions that did not amount to as much as council members expected. Hittle said, “It […]

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More from City Hall: In public comment …

5:43 p.m.: A group of children is singing at the podium a song about diversity. City Hall is pumping the background music into chambers for them, the first time in a long time, if ever, it has offered that much volume (Not even for a Mark Madison water plant flyover PowerPoint). 5:53 p.m.: Ramiro Reyes, a […]

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