Tonight’s meeting was the first since the election. Here’s what outgoing Mayor Anthony Silva, who lost in his reelection bid last week to Councilman Michael Tubbs, had to say:
“This election is over. The people of Stockton have spoken. So, basically, as your mayor I have two main points.
“The first is that we have a new president of the United States. Whether you voted for him or not, he won, he is the new Commander in Chief and the federal government as we know it is probably going to change.
“And the people of this country said loud and clear that they believe the federal government is broken and they’re willing to try something new. Protests resulting in violence do nothing to make the United States of America better.
“They’re actually embarrassing and disgusting. I never thought I’d see the days where you’re walking down the streets or you’re at a mall or you’re at a park and you’re talking with people and they’re literally talking about them losing friends over who they voted for.
“That day and age I thought just would never come, even family members fighting and refusing to go to each other’s homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas over it. It’s just gotten to be a little bit too much.
“Any anti-President-elect protest in Stockton will cause our city to be shed in a bad light and I don’t want to affect any future federal funding and grants. If you live in the United States and you believe in our country, and you believe in that flag, then you must respect the outcome of this election and this process.
“Sixty million people voted for the new President-elect so it’s time for us to move forward with our lives and have an open mind.
“My second point tonight is that Stockton has a new Mayor-elect. I would like to publicly congratulate Mayor-elect Tubbs. We had a great meeting this afternoon and last Wednesday I sent him a text after the initial results of the election. That was important because four years ago I never got a text message or a phone call or an email from my opponent, and then when I reached out to her I still never got one.
“That kind of always started me off on the wrong foot and I’m very disappointed in Stockton that, with a city of 305,000 people, we had such a low voter turnout, something like 47,000 votes have been counted so far.
“You would think that in a large city, the 13th largest in California, we could at least get a third of our population to come out and vote. It would be expected.
“But I am pleased that the city measures passed and there will now be no excuses why Stockton can’t have great recreational facilities and amenities such as swimming pools, libraries, maybe a soccer field, who knows?
“That’s very positive and I’m very pleased to see that the mayor’s office will now have adequate staffing because for a while it was just two people and the amount of calls that we get every day of people that are hungry, people that have nowhere to live, the homeless folks, kids that don’t have anywhere to go after 6 when they’ve run away from home. You name it, you get the calls. So I’m glad that the mayor is going to have the capacity to really help the residents of Stockton when the system breaks down and there’s nobody left to call. So I am pleased at that.
“Stockton, California, however, as all of you in this room know, is still a divided city between the haves and have-nots and between the working middle class and the residents that call themselves the establishment.
“This is my message to the people that voted and to the people that did not vote: We have a new mayor and he will now be my mayor. The election is over and so the hate and the political battles must come to an end if Stockton is truly going to heal and move forward.
“The moment I was elected I became a huge target and all of a sudden I gained new critics I didn’t even know I had. People said mean and nasty things about me and they started to have meetings, plotting and scheming, to harm me and my family. I would never wish this same action upon anyone and Mayor-elect Tubbs and the new City Council do not deserve this type of hate, either.
“I would expect anyone out there who claims to be my friend or one of my supporters not to participate in any sort of hate against the new mayor and to allow him the opportunity to lead. I want you to pray and root for his success. Mayor-elect Tubbs, you have my support and you have my commitment for a smooth transition during the next month and a half. Congratulations.”