The mayor’s first charge

In his second day at City Hall, Mayor Anthony Silva said he’s moving Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony for him and two new council members a few blocks away to the county building where there’s more room for the public to gather around.

The council chamber at City Hall is small and famously crowded during meetings that draw a lot of public interest. Silva estimated that there is room for a few more than 50 people in council chambers. That’s not enough, he said. The county building where the Board of Supervisors meets holds 300.

Silva said he expects that council members Michael Tubbs and Moses Zapien, who will take the oath along with him, will want to invite their families. He wants to move that first meeting, at which little if any other business will happen.

“It should be conducive for family and friends to watch the swearing-in for 30 minutes,” he said. “Going to the county is a no-brainer for the first night.”

The challenge is broadcasting the meeting live on Comcast Channel 97 and if that can be accomplished from the county building. Silva may be receiving some resistance from staffers. We’ll see if Silva wins his first minor battle in the mayor’s seat.

5:06 p.m. update~~~~~~~~~

It shouldn’t be overlooked that Kathy Miller, who previously served as vice mayor, will also be sworn in for her second term as she won reelection in the November race.

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