Tag Archives: Budget crisis

Miller among hosts at Prop 22 fundraiser

According to a campaign invitation, Vice Mayor Kathy Miller is among the local dignitaries slated to host a fundraiser tonight in Lodi for Proposition 22, the November ballot initiative designed to keep the state from raiding local funds, including transit and transportation money. The ballot measure is backed by the League of California Cities. Miller […]

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Dilligence

At Monday’s meeting of the City Council’s budget and finance committee, Budget Officer Joe Maestretti said the Police Department, which was $88,000 over budget in the first quarter but was expected to make budget by year’s end, had reduced overtime in the first quarter by 33 percent over the same period last year. “They’re doing […]

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From Moody’s

From a report today by Moody’s Investors Service, in which it sustained City Hall’s credit rating and pulled it from its watch list (Moody’s, apparently, is more optimistic about the city’s deal with its fire union than the fire union is): The city has reached an agreement with the fire safety union saving approximately $7.1 […]

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The COPS e-mail

City Hall this afternoon provided a copy of the Wednesday e-mail from the U.S. Department of Justice telling Stockton it would receive funding for no more than 20 police officers – if any – far fewer than the city had hoped. Here it is:   U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services […]

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Budget of the weird

City Hall today rescinded 21 of the 55 layoff notices issued to police officers in May, which was to be expected (officers taking a retirement incentive were expected to sufficiently reduce the force’s number that some layoffs could be avoided). What was not expected was that it would have any impact on the bottom blue […]

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Police funding cap formula explained

Gilbert Moore, a spokesman for the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Policing, said this afternoon that the office limited agencies with a sworn force of more than 1,000 police officers to no more than 50 positions funded. The office, which is distributing $1 billion in stimulus money nationwide to retain or rehire officers who otherwise would […]

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Budgeting for aid

The federal government’s announcement today that Stockton will receive nowhere near as much aid as City Hall had hoped to prevent police layoffs resulted in some heartbreak at City Hall, and it also made the four freshman council members who rejected City Manager Gordon Palmer’s initial budget proposal for its reliance on uncertain federal aid […]

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Letdown

The federal government told Stockton today it will receive nowhere near as much aid –– if anything –– than it had hoped to retain police officers who are otherwise to be laid off, officials said.   The announcement was devastating to City Hall, which had expected to be awarded at least $5.5 million to retain […]

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More from City Hall: Budget adopted

8:25 p.m.: The budget is adopted 5-2. In the end, Palmer picked up the council majority. The mayor came, too. He lost Councilwomen Leslie Baranco Martin and Susan Eggman, who supported his first, failed budget. Officer Steve Leonesio, the police union president, had made a last-minute appeal for the budget not to be adopted. He said the […]

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More from City Hall: Holman, Miller support budget, Martin opposes

8:15 p.m.: Councilman Elbert Holman Jr. said to be prudent is to be able to make hard decisions. He said, “I understand where everybody’s coming from.” He said he sleeps with budget numbers “on the inside of my eyelids.” Holman said, “If we don’t get the money from the COPS grant, the cuts could be […]

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