Author Archives: Christian Burkin

Philanthropist, Give to Thyself?

At Saturday’s “Taste of San Joaquin,” several booths began trading food for cash instead of tickets, said Emily Baime, the Downtown Stockton Alliance’s marketing director. This is kind of a big deal: The tickets were used to keep track of proceeds, to be split 70-30 between participating local restaurants (the larger share) and local charities. […]

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The Fourth Wall and the French Camp McKinley Fire District

Local TV news affiliates discovered the French Camp-McKinley Fire District last night, covering a closed session meeting of its board that became, suddenly, not very closed at all. The closed session was to discuss an internal investigation, the result of which was that a firefighter was reinstated and the allegations against him were said to […]

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The Stockton Police Officers Homeowners Association

The police union’s offer on a home next door to City Manager Bob Deis has been accepted. Officer Steve Leonesio, the union’s president, said papers were signed Tuesday night, and that he expects escrow to close in about 15 days. The union’s offer met the asking price of $126,000. He said that once renovations have […]

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The new interim fire chief’s web presence

David Rudat, the new interim chief of the Stockton Fire Department, has a pretty detailed website. Rudat has extensive fire experience. According to his bio, he was the first firefighter younger than 21 hired by the city of Orange. He made chief in 1993 and two years later was running the city. Orange has about […]

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Addressing Fire’s Calls for Service

In a letter to the editor published last week, a reader complained the Fire Department is inflating its workload with dodgy counting. “Their call record is another hoax. One car accident, five firefighters show up, and it’s counted as five calls to service. When you see 90 calls for service for a car accident, you […]

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I’ve been on vacation the past week, thus the silence from me about Fire Chief Ron Hittle’s lawsuit, a homicide, an arrest in the homicide of Tatianna Johnson, and a church fire, among other things.

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12. Fidel Meneses, 20

Meneses was Stockton’s seventh and the county’s 12th homicide victim this year. He was found about 10 p.m. March 25, by police responding to a reported shooting in the 1500 block of Anderson Street. There have been no arrests, and not so much as a description of a vehicle involved, if there was any.

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10. William Robert Meagher, 84, and 11. Jonathan Meagher, 48

The Meaghers, father and son, were shot March 25 at their home on Homestead Lane. A neighbor on the property, 34-year-old Gary Morris, was shot in the foot. After a chase, the Sheriff’s Office arrested Howard Daniel Smith, 40, the one-time boyfriend of a woman who lived nearby, whose current boyfriend was wounded in the […]

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Regarding Hittle: A Key/Foot Note

Talking to Mike Fitzgerald, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Willette defended the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit as a leadership conference, not solely a Christian event, and a legitimate function to attend on-duty. Willette was there with Hittle and two other firefighters. Some of the speakers were secular leaders: Daniel Pink, Jim Collins, Jack Welch. […]

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A Question of Timing

City Manager Bob Deis said last week that Fire Chief Ron Hittle and other members of the Fire Department’s leadership are under investigation for their on-the-clock attendance in August of the Global Leadership Summit by the Willow Creek Association,” a not-for-profit organization that exists to maximize the life-transformation effectiveness of local churches.” In August. Assuming […]

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