Category Archives: Budget crisis

Bankruptcy bill

The unions are behind the bill, says the blog post.

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What happened last night

The proposal to adjust police Chief Blair Ulring’s pay — cutting some things, raising others — was defeated by a single vote. City Manager Bob Deis had recommended the changes because they would allow the city to hold on to Ulring, who would retire otherwise, and save the city another round of headhunting, or the […]

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This week

Arbitration between the city and Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 may conclude this week. This could affect the tentative contract agreement between the two parties. If, for example, the arbitrator rules the city was entirely in the wrong when it imposed conditions last year, what happens to the union’s willingness to approve a contract conceding […]

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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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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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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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Pay and benefit measures approved

A somber City Council unanimously approved these pay and benefit reductions (see this update on other unions’ late-breaking deals and tentative agreements) absent any breakthrough with the city’s biggest labor unions. Among the approved measures were changes to the city’s health plan, effective Sept. 1, which increases out-of-pocket costs for participants. Some of the changes […]

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