Category Archives: Elections

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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Will city reduce Fire Department staffing?

Now that Measure H has passed, the fire union says brace for staffing cut proposals as the two sides head into new contract negotiations. Reductions were proposed and supported (and later abandoned) earlier this year, they point out, and an outside report recommends it. Here’s what some city leaders have to say about the staffing [...]

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More on Stockton elections, Measure H

•Xochitl Paderes, who wasn’t expected to unseat City Councilman Elbert Holman Jr. in the council’s District 1, still fared well, garnering 42 percent of the vote. “I was extremely proud of the impact I was able to have in a very short amount of time,” she said today. She said she hasn’t ruled out running [...]

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Election night: Varying moods at campaign parties

•At the Chitiva’s campaign party for Councilwoman Susan Eggman, who was easily winning her second term, the atmosphere was festive. Because early returns were strong, attention quickly shifted to other races, particularly Measure H, which was leading by a healthy margin early.Same can be said for Councilman Elbert Holman Jr.’s shindig at the yet-to-open Sass [...]

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Last-minute cash, and elections

• Not that it appeared to need the money, but the fire union’s No on Measure H campaign has reported a last-minute cash infusion from firefighters in Modesto and the East Bay ($2,500 from each). The union also deposited another $11,300 into its campaign account. • On Election Night, tune in to this blog from [...]

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Another letter

Did I mention emotions are high? Here’s a copy of an anonymous e-mail that’s been circulating since yesterday. It was e-mailed to me, departments at City Hall and City Council members from a private e-mail account and claims to be from the spouse of a city employee. It’s in response to the police union opposing [...]

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Former fire chief’s take on Measure H

Emotions are high as we hit the home stretch before Election Day. This week, The Record received a lengthy letter from former Fire Chief Gary Gillis. You can read it in its entirety here. Some additional notes: •On Page 2, Gillis refers to a 1987 consultant’s report that said the city was overstaffed in police, [...]

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Campaign finances

Campaign finance reports, covering the period of Oct. 1-16, were due last week. Here’s a quick roundup of the filings that the City Clerk’s office has on hand. •Yes on Measure H, according to its most recent filing, posted a small surge in fund-raising over the roughly two-week period, reporting $13,293 in cash contributions. The [...]

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A couple of Measure H items

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Catching up with a couple of quick items: • The Yes on Measure H campaign filed its campaign finance disclosure form yesterday, a week after the deadline. Cash raised, $4,150, is a little lower than what the campaign’s treasurer estimated in a Record article last week. As [...]

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Grab bag

•Four days off in a row at City Hall. Closed today; holiday on Monday. •Eight civilian city workers could lose their jobs by the end of the month, but some union members are pushing for a revote on a package on health plan changes to save the jobs. •The trial for Ramiro Reyes was postponed [...]

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