In-house correspondence obtained by the Stockton Record under the California Public Records Act reflects how Stockton's financial crisis strained the city administration's relationship with its largest department, reports the newspaper. Disclosed documents included a memorandum from then-Police Chief Tom Morris, who resigned amid rising tension, and an e-mail from Barbara Chavez, the executive assistant at the Police Department and the wife of Mayor Ed Chavez, chastising Human Resources Director Dianna Garcia, the city's chief labor negotiator, for alleged lying and "causing havoc and panic" in labor and budget talks.

E-mails and other correspondence—including Morris' notice of retirement—were provided by the city in response to a California Public Records Act request. The correspondence circulated in the month proceeding the City Council's Nov. 6 adoption of deep spending cuts to balance Stockton's crippled budget.