Category Archives: Live from City Hall

Consent Agenda

The Council approved 15 items. They include: * Bringing in a consultant to give the city finances a second look-over in advance of what look to be a tough year ahead. * Settling a lawsuit Mike Campbell & Associates v. the city of Stockton. In the settlement, the city will keep $215,719 in taxes the [...]

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Mark your calender if you need a job

In Council Comments closing the meeting, Mayor Ann Johnston said that this morning she attended an oversight meeting on the prison medical facility being built just outside of town. She brought back some good news. A large percentage of the contract money and work so far on infrastructure is going to local companies. “They’re meeting [...]

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The judge at City Hall

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Robin Appel gave the Council an update on progress for the $273M project to build a new courthouse at Hunter Square,where the fountain now sits. The plan had been to start building this month. Alas, that’s not the case. But soon, she said. On the upside, it will create [...]

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On Stockton arts

Bill Maxwell of the Stockton Arts Commission gave a brief presentation to the Council. He started with the numbers. In the county, he said, arts creates 268 jobs with $6M in audience spending and a $17.1M impact on economic activity. Maxine Hong Kingston, a Stockton native, will be returning for a visit this spring, putting [...]

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No-kill plea to Council

Eileen McFall, a UOP director and animal rescuer, spoke up tonight at the Stocktton City Council meeting during the public comment period, asking to be put on a future City Council agenda. She was here to speak on behalf of animals at the  Stockton-San Joaquin County Animal Shelter. She proposed reform of the shelter, which euthanizes [...]

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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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Meissner goodbye

Outgoing City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner received a fond farewell from the City Council tonight and then a standing ovation from the crowd. Said a teary Meissner, a 30-year City Hall vet: “It has been truly an honor and a privilege for me,” to serve the city. “I could not have done my job without [...]

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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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City Council live: Martin honored

Tonight is Councilwoman Leslie Baranco Martin’s last meeting. Before it got to official business, the City Council took time to honor the 10-year veteran. There were many kind words and plaques from colleagues and area lawmakers. But it was hard to top Councilman Dale Fritchen, who wrote an entire poem in her honor, called “The [...]

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