You may remember the following from 15 days ago:
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.