Two weeks later (yesterday afternoon), Mayor Anthony Silva ended his interview embargo after we offered to do a story, which will appear no later than Monday, to publicize his first town-hall meeting Monday night.
“We’ll try it one more time,” Silva said when asked why he has chosen to speak to The Record again.
The mayor told me yesterday he has been frustrated by what he sees as The Record’s heavy concentration on his foibles and the lack of coverage of the positive things he does.
The mayor said he has established commissions to deal with homelessness, youth issues, the disabled and the Animal Shelter and wants more credit for his involvement in a wide range of matters. He cited a well-attended youth leadership event he held Wednesday night at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, where he lives.
Silva also said he was disappointed The Record last weekend ran a picture of two council members (Moses Zapien and Dyane Burgos Medina) marching with Dolores Huerta rather than a photograph of him presenting a key to the city to the civil-rights icon. I will vouch for our copy editors, page designers and photographers that they use what they think is the best shot and aren’t making these decisions based on bias.
Still, Silva said, “The key is a bigger deal.”
Silva’s town-hall meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary First Assembly of God at 8407 Kelley Drive, near where the mayor spent the first few years of his life. An agenda for Silva’s town hall is here.The mayor texted me just now to let me know school board members from Stockton and Manteca unified also plan to attend, though they are not listed on the agenda he provided.
Mayor Anthony Silva spoke of serving lunch last week to water-district workers and also of the Animal Shelter. He said he recently rescued a cat, put in on Facebook, and it was adopted within minutes. Silva also spoke about a radio station recently giving him a fake badge. “It was great, it was funny,” Silva said. He also spoke of giving Dolores Huerta the key to the city over the weekend. He also spoke of holding the first Homeless Commission meeting last week. He also said he is having a Youth Advisory Council meeting at the Waterfront Plaza Hotel at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Representatives from about 40 high schools are expected, Silva said. And on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. he is hosting his first town-hall meeting, at 6407 Kelley Drive. “I want to hear suggestions of how we can make Stockton a better place,” Silva said.
Paul Canepa said he’s been excited the past three weeks about various transportation-related grand openings. Today was the Crosstown Freeway extension groundbreaking, he said.
Elbert Holman and Moses Zapien will be in Washington next week on the annual One Voice Trip.
Michael Tubbs and Dyane Burgos Medina spoke of the weekend visit by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta. Burgos Medina thanked Silva for giving Huerta the key to the city. “I think she was really touched by that,” she said.
Kathy Miller echoed Canepa’s comments on the RTD transit center opening and of the new ACE maintenance project and said she went up on a scissor-life. She also said she is looking for to legislative action day in Sacramento on April 23.
Vincent Hernandez: He thanked Mayor Silva. A few weeks ago he said he was driving into town by the Gateway area and was happy to see it was being cleaned up. … He also said he was “unfriended” by an organization working to improve the city because of a disagreement with that person.
Cassandra Epperson speaking on the Stockton Animal Shelter. “I’m asking for change.” She was very critical of the shelter for the treatment of a dog she adopted. “Huge changes need to be done at the shelter and they need to happen quickly.”
Eileen McFall, who is party to a lawsuit against the Animal Shelter, asked for the city to take action to improve its “shamefully” troubled shelter.
A woman spoke of hosting the Soweto Gospel Choir. She lives near Stockton. She asked the residents of Stockton to attend a performance of the choir. The choir is looking for hosts for 29 people. The performance will be at the Bob Hope Theater at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Betty Lupe Ramirez: She said she will be a regular at the meetings from now on and will be bringing students. A Chavez High student asked citizens to attend the Apollo Night at the Hope on May 2.
Antoine Guyton, who calls himself “Stay Ready,” said “I may not be the best Stockton has to offer but if somebody needs my help I’m here to help them.” He also returned a pin he said he received from Mayor Silva.
Diane Buettner criticized The Record for “continuing to spew” misinformation.
James Young thanked the mayor for taking him to lunch last weekend.
A speaker gave his opinion about chloramine in the water … he’s concerned that it’s unhealthy. “Why are we putting ammonia in the water. Nobody knows about this. The health concerns have not been told to the public.”
Pending City Council approval tonight, 15 neighborhoods will be getting speed humps, speed cushions or speed tables this year. What exactly distinguishes a hump from a cushion from a table? We thought you’d ask. And here are the lucky neighborhoods:
The City Council opens April with a meeting Tuesday night. You can view the agenda here.
One item involves the owner of a convenience store at Pacific Avenue and Rosemarie Lane wanting to upgrade his beer and wine license to a general alcohol license. The Planning Commission has denied the upgrade. City staff is recommending the Planning Commission’s denial be upheld by the full Council.
District 1 City Council candidate Rick Grewal is contesting incumbent Elbert Holman’s portrayal of Grewal political consultant Allen Sawyer as one of San Joaquin County’s “most notorious criminals.” The dispute is scheduled for court today.
Roger Phillips covers Stockton City Hall for The Record. He has been at The Record since 2006. After spending most of his time at The Record writing about education, he has moved into the city government beat. Read Full