Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva
STOCKTON, CA - Tuesday night's Stockton City Council meeting should bring plenty of fireworks when the council votes on whether to admonish the mayor for how he handled the near-hire of a new city manager.
City Attorney John Luebberke described Mayor Anthony Silva as violating the Brown Act when he released the name of the man to replace Bob Deis.
But the deal fell through and Silva is blamed by the city attorney for releasing confidential closed session information.
"No elected official is above the law. We have laws for a reason in this country and nobody, even if you're elected, gets an exemption from those laws," said councilmember Kathy Miller, who clearly favors the admonishment of the mayor.
But Silva wrote on Facebook Sunday that while he's concentrating on crime and representing the working class and poor, others would like to create 'ridiculous drama' to distract. Then the mayor invited his Facebook contacts to 'come find out for yourself'.
Silva and Vice Mayor Paul Canepa both said it's a bad use of council time to consider the admonishment Tuesday night.
"The only thing that's important to the residents is we move on and make the city better," said Silva.
"Obviously he made a mistake, we're all aware of that, but we need to move forward," said Canepa.
It took a majority of the council members to vote to put the admonishment issue on the agenda. Luebberke has also asked the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury to investigate the mayor's behavior.
Stockton is still without a permanent replacement for Deis, who retired at the start of November.