Wednesday night, five of the seven council members said that rather than spend money on a discretionary fund for each district and add a staff member to the mayor’s office they would prefer to maintain the ShotSpotter gunfire detection system.
Mayor Anthony Silva disagrees strongly and has taken it personally. He posted the following last night on his Facebook page:
“Residents of Stockton! In June your City Council will adopt this budget of 623 Million Dollars. As you can see, 73% will be going to your Public Safety. 52% dedicated to Police. Last night however, the Council Members with the exception of Vice Mayor Paul Canepa slapped me in the face again by refusing to fund the Mayors Office. I asked for $40,000 so I could redirect that to community organizations and projects like the homeless and youth. But I was denied. My request to have an additional staff member was also denied. So I wanted you to know that once again I have been granted ZERO resources to do my job. They also refuse to allow me appoint and fund the Public Information Officer position. I hope you can see clearly that they do not want me to be successful. Their actions are silly and petty. But I will move forward with ZERO dollars and only 1 staff member.”