Category Archives: City Charter

White wants police chief elected, charter suspended

Ran into former City Councilman Ralph Lee White at City Hall this morning. He told me he’s got a couple of projects cooking: • He said he’s going to ask the City Council to let voters decide whether the city clerk, city attorney and police chief should be elected officials. If the council doesn’t put [...]

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More on fire arbitration

A federal judge has put one of the Stockton fire union’s two lawsuits on hold, we reported today. The union’s lawyer said the ruling wasn’t a surprise and that the union will focus its efforts on the arbitration already underway. Unfortunately, we were really tight on space in today’s paper, and our story couldn’t go [...]

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AG: nothing yet on tickets

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office said last week it would punt on the issue of whether City Council members violated the city charter by reporting free tickets to local events, instead referring the matter to the state attorney general. So far, that office has not received anything, spokeswoman Becca MacLaren said today. Here’s [...]

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Measure H ballot arguments

Click here to see the full measure language and an analysis by the city attorney. Click here to read the ballot arguments. You’ll see some prominent signatures siding with the city, including former Democratic state Sen. Patrick Johnston and former Republican Assemblyman and prominent conservative Dean Andal. Other business interests are lining up behind Measure [...]

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Fire union polls 400 voters

Stockton’s fire union recently wrapped up a telephone poll of about 400 voters in the city as it gears up its campaign against proposed City Charter amendments that would alter fire chief hiring and change how labor disputes are resolved. Dustin DeRollo, a political strategist and public relations consultant hired by the fire union, wouldn’t [...]

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Fire union raising cash to fight charter changes

Fire Capt. Dave Macedo, president of Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456, told me tonight that the union was finalizing an additional member assessment to raise up to $130,000 for its political action committee. That money will be used to fight a November ballot measure to change Fire Department provisions in the City Charter. He also [...]

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