Category Archives: Fire Department

Deputy Chief Rodriguez’s settlement

STOCKTON — The city paid a firefighter $30,203 for settling a lawsuit that claimed the former chief didn’t promote him due to racial discrimination. Ed Rodriguez, who was recently promoted to deputy chief in the Stockton Fire Department, received $5,000 for lost wages, and the remaining $25,302 was for attorneys fees Rodriguez incurred. See recordnet.com [...]

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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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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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Partial setback in Hittle lawsuit

A Stockton judge this morning tossed out sided with the city’s objections to suspended Fire Chief Ron Hittle’s lawsuit against City Hall this morning but declined to toss out the suit entirely. Instead, he said he would allow the fire chief to make changes to his civil complaint in the next 20 business days, which [...]

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Big budget vote tonight

Just a reminder that the Stockton City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a spending plan that proposes to solve a $37 million budget deficit in part by temporarily imposing deep pay and benefit cuts on workers effective July 1, pending the outcome of labor negotiations with unions whose contracts are closed (don’t expire [...]

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Hittle lawsuit court papers

Just trying to keep the streak alive of dropping dense reading on the blog before the weekend. Today, posting some of the court documents in embattled Fire Chief Ron Hittle’s lawsuit, which is scheduled for a hearing before San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland on Wednesday. The city is asking Holland to dismiss the [...]

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Fire layoff notices going out

An agreement has been signed that allowed layoff notices for firefighters to be issued. (For background, catch up here, here and here.) Here’s a copy of the agreement. It does not suspend minimum staffing requirements between now and July 1. The number of scheduled layoffs in the Fire Department under the “Plan B” city budget [...]

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Tentative deal on layoff notices

City spokeswoman Connie Cochran says City Hall and the fire union have reached a conceptual agreement this evening that would allow layoff notices to be issued to the 48 firefighters whose jobs are to be eliminated under one budget proposal. Details are still being worked out and a deal is not yet finalized, she said. [...]

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Begging for layoff notices

Something you don’t hear too often: people pleading for layoff notices. Three Stockton firefighters, who said they are among the 48 scheduled to be laid off under the city’s proposed “Plan B” budget, did just that tonight. The firefighters said they can’t be added to a statewide displaced firefighters list and compete for jobs at [...]

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Any day now

While waiting for an arbitrator to make his ruling in the protracted City Hall and firefighters union arbitration (a decision is expected any day), I’ve had the opportunity to read through a flurry of written briefs filed by each side since testimony wrapped up in February. If you’re bored this weekend, thought maybe you’d like [...]

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