The juxtapositon of headlines on today’s page 3 was not helpful to City Manager Bob Deis.
While it’s funny, though, it’s also an easy handle for cynics, and bitter labor supporters. I believe Deis. The city is headed in the right direction. The cuts and structural reforms to city labor, the de-Kafka-ising of the Community Development Department and other council initiatives will pay off in time.
The only question is whether Stockton, by hiring Deis, brought in a competent new captain and crew after the Titanic struck the iceberg. But then a city does not permanently go to the bottom. Even if Stockton goes through bankruptcy, it will bob to the surface again and continue as a municipality. And it will be a better city, largely purged of the dysfunction that brought it low. The choice now is whether to be part of the coming city, or part of the naysayers who scoff at efforts to achieve it.