Author Archives: Daniel Thigpen

Fiscal emergency roadmap

Here’s a law article co-written by Jonathan Holtzman, one of Stockton’s outside lawyers working on labor matters, about fiscal emergencies. It looks like it might be several months old, but still worth a read. You’ll see Stockton gets a big shout-out as a case study.

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Another hit to Stockton’s general fund?

One of the myriad state budget-related bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday diverts about $130 million in motor vehicle license fee revenue from local governments, according to the League of California Cities. In Stockton, where city leaders just approved a budget that balances a projected $37 million deficit, that’s more than $1 million of […]

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Niblock honored

The City Council last night honored Mike Niblock, the city’s top planning and building official who is retiring after 36 years as a city employee. Mayor Ann Johnston called Niblock one of the city’s finest employees and an adept problem-solver. “It takes someone who has infinite patience to deal with the issues that land in […]

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Dolly Parton makes council appearance

Sort of. At tonight’s City Council meeting, Mayor Ann Johnston discussed this literacy program. Turns out country music megastar Dolly Parton is a major partner in the program. During discussion tonight, anyone who attended the meeting in person, or watched it on TV, was treated to this video on the big screen: Dolly Parton Teams […]

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City’s credit rating falls again

Moody’s has downgraded Stockton’s credit rating. It’s the second time in five months. If you want to read first-hand what the Wall Street agency had to say, click here.

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Figure in retiree skirmish has fought City Hall before

Kelley Garrett, a former city human resources official who spoke out against last week’s City Council vote that in part forces employees and some retirees to pay more for their health insurance, has battled City Hall before. In 2006 she received $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit over her firing two years earlier, which she […]

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Holman featured in must-read (updated)

Record colleague Scott Smith has a compelling story about a big arrest made three decades after a double homicide. Yes, there is a City Hall connection: Councilman Elbert Holman, Jr., a retired sheriff’s detective, led the initial investigation. Parts 2 and 3 of Scott’s series about the case will be published Saturday and Sunday. UPDATE: […]

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Mediation next week in fire labor talks

In case you missed it, City Hall declared an impasse this week in labor talks with its fire union. Mediation is set for Wednesday and Friday next week.

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Other council comments

For our full story this week about the Stockton City Council’s vote to impose a variety of pay and benefit reductions on employees and retirees, we only had the space to include comments from the mayor. But several other council members made remarks before the vote, and I thought I would post excerpts of them […]

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Partial setback in Hittle lawsuit

A Stockton judge this morning tossed out sided with the city’s objections to suspended Fire Chief Ron Hittle’s lawsuit against City Hall this morning but declined to toss out the suit entirely. Instead, he said he would allow the fire chief to make changes to his civil complaint in the next 20 business days, which […]

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