Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.
STOCKTON, CA - As he wrapped up his comments late Tuesday night, Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva accused fellow council members of also releasing confidential information about a city manager candidate.
Silva was about to be admonished by the council for releasing the name of the new city manager before he was actually hired. The city attorney called that release of confidential information a violation of the Brown Act, which prohibits people from releasing any confidential information discussed in closed session meetings unless they are specifically authorized to do so.
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During the council meeting, Silva referred to his shaky relationship with News10 reporter Tim Daly to make his point that he wasn't the first person to release information about the city manager candidate.
"I got a text from Tim Daly at Channel 10 News, and everybody knows I don't talk to him unless he hunts me down," Silva said Tuesday night.
Silva said since he and Daly don't talk often, someone else on the council must have released that confidential information to the reporter.
"If someone from a respected news source had the name and there's no way I gave him the name, how did he get it?" Silva said. "I guarantee it was someone up here."
Daly said he did not get the name of the city manager candidate from another council member.
Silva was admonished by a vote of 5 to 2. The council forwarded the alleged Brown Act violation to the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury for investigation.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org