Item 15.2 – admonishment

Here’s the report from Stockton City Attorney John Luebberke recommending the City Council censure Mayor Anthony Silva for violating the Brown Act. Considering the weight of the council’s decision, it is relatively short. The bulk of the 19-page report is made up of news stories provided as evidence of the ridicule Silva brought on the city.

Vice Mayor Paul Canepa will be the one to watch at tonight’s council meeting. It appears that Canepa may come out opposed to the punishment, seeking rather to acknowledge that Silva made a mistake and charge ahead without the censure. Let bygones be bygones. Silva appointed Canepa as vice mayor. Canepa is also planning to run against Councilwoman Kathy Miller next year for a seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, so he’s likely factored in this position.

Barring any surprises, the 2-5 vote (Canepa/Silva dissenting) won’t be enough to stop the punishment, which amounts to a public scolding.

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