Category Archives: City Hall

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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Blansett on French

Retired San Joaquin County prosecutor Eual Blansett wrote to chime in on the story about David French. Blansett worked closely with French back in the day on the case of Eckhard Schmitz, a wealthy developer and child molester. The city has accused French, 69, of orchestrating the purchase of a home next door to City […]

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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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Signing off

So today’s my last day at The Record. On Monday I start a new gig as a communications specialist for the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento. The move is bittersweet. During five years at The Record, people from all walks of life have helped me tell myriad stories about this unique area. I’ve […]

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Letters of support for proposed dispensary

Follow-up to that revised medical marijuana dispensary application before the Stockton Planning Commission on Thursday: This staff report outlines some of the proposed changes, including to parking. The would-be dispensary – proposed to be operated by two former mortgage brokers who opened a dispensary in Sacramento and who would lease the space from Stockton attorneys […]

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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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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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Concessions from other unions

A follow-up to today’s post. At tonight’s City Council meeting, City Manager Bob Deis reported three developments: • Operating Engineers Local 3 Trades & Maintenance has approved an agreement on concessions. • Management B&C Employees Association has an additional tentative agreement on the balance of concessions the city was seeking. • Stockton Police Management Association […]

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