Category Archives: City Clerk

Running for Stockton City Council?

Nobody’s yet come out saying they’re running against the four incumbents next year, despite a few rumors afloat. But in case you are, the City Clerk’s office at City Hall will take nominations for candidates Feb. 14 to March 8. And then call this reporter, please. It could be an interesting campaign season.

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New City Council districts

The City Clerk’s new council boundaries map is out. Click here to see it. All council members are keeping their seats, despite uneven population growth throughout the city. We’ll delve into more detail this week.

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Map coming soon

Yesterday’s special meeting on redistricting focused on the redistricting process and did not reveal what any new council districts might look like. That map – the final one, in fact – will be released either late next week or early the following week, City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner said last night. Stockton’s process has unfolded [...]

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Council district changes on the way (corrected)

Our story this weekend about all four Stockton City Council incumbents seeking re-election next year mentioned that council districts will need to be redrawn following the census. Here is what the city has released so far in the redistricting process: census data that shows big population changes in every district, and growth in only two [...]

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“Mr. Cheerleader,” and new city clerk

• At tonight’s Stockton City Council meeting, elected leaders are honoring resident Gregory Basso for his anti-Forbes YouTube video. Mayor Ann Johnston called him “Mr. Cheerleader.” “Thank you for putting our city on the map in a very positive way,” she told him. “This is the best marketing tool we could have ever had.” • [...]

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Meissner to receive honor

Outgoing City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner will be honored next week by the Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce. She will receive the group’s Outstanding Service Award during the group’s board of directors installation dinner. Here’s more info on the March 31 event.

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More City Hall exits

Two more City Hall retirements were announced today: • City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner is retiring after 30 years at City Hall. Meissner, 55, started in 1981 as a recording secretary to the Planning Commission and has served as Stockton’s city clerk for more than 15 years. She announced her retirement to her staff this [...]

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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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Outside lawyers and council redistricting

Some older items I’m just now getting to … •The City Council approved three contracts with outside lawyers in as many weeks last month. The first one is in part to help with a growing litigation caseload, officials said in a staff report. The firm, Angelo, Kilday and Kilduff, specializes in employment and civil rights [...]

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Counting down to Nov. 2

We’re in the home stretch for elections, folks. A few quick items: •The “Safe and Clean School Coalition,” which has circulated political fliers in Stockton in recent days, apparently is causing a stir in at least one other California town. The Morgan Hill Times has stories on the controversy here and here. A reader sent [...]

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