Category Archives: Michael Niblock

Planning Commission notes

Last night’s meeting of the Planning Commission was routine but worth attending if only for the commissioners’ comments at the end. Police Department was the theme. They’re a popular topic these days. Commissioner Ed Surritt said he’s been on a handful of ride-alongs with police. He noticed that in the arrests he’s seen, officers take [...]

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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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Friday fun

I spoke to outgoing Community Development Director Mike Niblock this week, and he sent me a professional bio he had prepared. Here are some fun facts I learned. Given that he’s been at City Hall for 36 years, it may not be news to some of you, but it was to me, as someone who’s [...]

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One in, one out

More management changes at City Hall in the past 24 hours: • Community Development Director Mike Niblock, who has worked for the city’s planning and building department for 36 years, announced his impending retirement yesterday. He’s gone at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. • The city has a new human resources director: [...]

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Another building fee dispute

Local building lobbyist John Beckman sent letters to Mayor Ann Johnston last week again scrutinizing the fees charged to developers in Stockton. (Beckman prides himself as a local building fee watchdog. You’ll recall this lawsuit.) Both letters boil down to this argument, a common refrain: Builders are paying more than their fair share in fees. [...]

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More from City Hall: To sing, dance and massage

7:25 p.m.: Community Development Director Michael Niblock is presenting a recommendation to relax the city’s regulation of live entertainment. A federal court ordered the city to revise its ordinance after the Brookside restaurant Maxim’s was denied a permit and convinced the court to intervene. Niblock is also recommending a measure to allow state-certified practitioners of [...]

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More from City Hall: A bump for Niblock on a negative fund balance

6:17 p.m.: Community Development Director Mike Niblock’s budget is proposed to be reduced 25 percent, to $8.4 million. Its number of employees is to be reduced from 88 to 48. More than half an hour later and he is still going, the City Council taken aback (and engaging in some discussion) about a negative balance [...]

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