New mayor, new council, new committees

Today, the city released Tuesday night’s agenda for the first council meeting of the year.

Swearings-in of new Mayor Michael Tubbs, new council members Susan Lenz and Jesús Andrade. and newly elected Councilman Dan Wright will be the highlights of the meeting, at the Bob Hope Theatre starting at 5:30 p.m.

You can view the entire agenda, including new committee assignments, at this link. 

To compare the old committees of former Mayor Anthony Silva to those assembled by Tubbs, click here.

You’re welcome.

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Swearing-in ceremony at Bob Hope Theatre

New Mayor Michael Tubbs and new council members Susan Lenz and Jesús Andrade will be sworn in Tuesday at the year’s opening City Council meeting, which will be held not at City Hall but at the Bob Hope Theatre.

It’s always interesting to see who is granted the honor of swearing in new officials.

Tubbs has chosen his grandmother, Barbara Nicholson, to swear him in. Racole Dixon, Tubbs’ mother, swore him onto the council in 2013.

Andrade said he will be sworn in jointly by his wife, Andrea Andrade, and his father, Rafael Andrade Valencia. Lenz will be sworn in by her husband, Don Lenz.

Also to be sworn in Tuesday will be Dan Wright, who won the right to continue as the District 2 councilman in the November election. Wright will be sworn in by Dean McFalls, the former pastor at St. Mary’s Church. Wright said McFalls has officiated at several ceremonies for his family.

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Video of Measure A oversight committee meeting

I stayed for about the first 150 minutes before moving on to other obligations. You can view it here.

And here’s the handout from the meeting.

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The youngest mayor in U.S. history …

… was James Tufts.

As for real mayors of cities with populations larger than 100,000, however, Michael Tubbs may set the record when he takes over in 315,592-resident Stockton on Jan. 1. He will be 26 years, 152 days old when he officially assumes office.

According to Wikipedia, Luke Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh (304,391), was 26 years, 208 days old when he took office in 2006. Dennis Kucinich was 31 when he became mayor of Cleveland (396,815) in 1977.

There have been numerous mayors younger than Tubbs in cities with populations below 100,000, according to Wikipedia. My favorite, only because of his name, was 21-year-old Rusty Hammer of the 39,000-resident Bay Area suburb of Campbell.

When asked earlier this month about being elected mayor at such a young age, Tubbs said, “For young people it shows that age and experience are often correlated, but they’re not necessarily the same. For them it shows they’re part of the solution-making process. They don’t have to wait until they’re 50 or 60 to be involved.”

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Mayor-elect Tubbs on Capitol Public Radio

Click on this link to listen.

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Vote tallies finalized — unofficially

As we all know, the election is now 15 days in the past, but votes are still being counted nationwide. That said, the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters posted “Unofficial Final Results” a few days ago, so if you are curious about Stockton “unofficial final results,” whatever those are, read on.

Michael Tubbs: 41,998, 70.6%
Anthony Silva: 17,486, 29.4%

City Council District 2
Dan Wright: 33,962, 60.6%
Steve Colangelo: 22,090, 39.4%

City Council District 4
Susan Lenz: 30,084, 53.8%
Michael Blower: 25,814, 46.2%

City Council District 6
Jesús Andrade: 31,910, 57.1%
Sam Fant: 23,980, 42.9%

A total of eight candidates ran for mayor and council in the just-completed election. Here’s a look at how they fared in order of votes received:

Tubbs: 41,998
Wright: 33,962
Andrade: 31,910
Lenz: 30,084
Blower: 25,814
Fant: 23,980
Colangelo: 22,090
Silva: 17,486

City residents also approved five Stockton ballot measures on Nov. 8. The library/recreation sales tax received the largest percentage of yes votes: 74.5 percent, but not one of the votes on city measures was remotely close.

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A transcript of Silva’s 5-minute statement at tonight’s City Council meeting

Tonight’s meeting was the first since the election. Here’s what outgoing Mayor Anthony Silva, who lost in his reelection bid last week to Councilman Michael Tubbs, had to say:

“This election is over. The people of Stockton have spoken. So, basically, as your mayor I have two main points.

“The first is that we have a new president of the United States. Whether you voted for him or not, he won, he is the new Commander in Chief and the federal government as we know it is probably going to change.

“And the people of this country said loud and clear that they believe the federal government is broken and they’re willing to try something new. Protests resulting in violence do nothing to make the United States of America better.

“They’re actually embarrassing and disgusting. I never thought I’d see the days where you’re walking down the streets or you’re at a mall or you’re at a park and you’re talking with people and they’re literally talking about them losing friends over who they voted for.

“That day and age I thought just would never come, even family members fighting and refusing to go to each other’s homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas over it. It’s just gotten to be a little bit too much.

“Any anti-President-elect protest in Stockton will cause our city to be shed in a bad light and I don’t want to affect any future federal funding and grants. If you live in the United States and you believe in our country, and you believe in that flag, then you must respect the outcome of this election and this process.

“Sixty million people voted for the new President-elect so it’s time for us to move forward with our lives and have an open mind.

“My second point tonight is that Stockton has a new Mayor-elect. I would like to publicly congratulate Mayor-elect Tubbs. We had a great meeting this afternoon and last Wednesday I sent him a text after the initial results of the election. That was important because four years ago I never got a text message or a phone call or an email from my opponent, and then when I reached out to her I still never got one.

“That kind of always started me off on the wrong foot and I’m very disappointed in Stockton that, with a city of 305,000 people, we had such a low voter turnout, something like 47,000 votes have been counted so far.

“You would think that in a large city, the 13th largest in California, we could at least get a third of our population to come out and vote. It would be expected.

“But I am pleased that the city measures passed and there will now be no excuses why Stockton can’t have great recreational facilities and amenities such as swimming pools, libraries, maybe a soccer field, who knows?

“That’s very positive and I’m very pleased to see that the mayor’s office will now have adequate staffing because for a while it was just two people and the amount of calls that we get every day of people that are hungry, people that have nowhere to live, the homeless folks, kids that don’t have anywhere to go after 6 when they’ve run away from home. You name it, you get the calls. So I’m glad that the mayor is going to have the capacity to really help the residents of Stockton when the system breaks down and there’s nobody left to call. So I am pleased at that.

“Stockton, California, however, as all of you in this room know, is still a divided city between the haves and have-nots and between the working middle class and the residents that call themselves the establishment.

“This is my message to the people that voted and to the people that did not vote: We have a new mayor and he will now be my mayor. The election is over and so the hate and the political battles must come to an end if Stockton is truly going to heal and move forward.

“The moment I was elected I became a huge target and all of a sudden I gained new critics I didn’t even know I had. People said mean and nasty things about me and they started to have meetings, plotting and scheming, to harm me and my family. I would never wish this same action upon anyone and Mayor-elect Tubbs and the new City Council do not deserve this type of hate, either.

“I would expect anyone out there who claims to be my friend or one of my supporters not to participate in any sort of hate against the new mayor and to allow him the opportunity to lead. I want you to pray and root for his success. Mayor-elect Tubbs, you have my support and you have my commitment for a smooth transition during the next month and a half. Congratulations.”

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Political consultant’s home, vehicles hit by eggs

Sometime over the weekend, political consultant Scott Winn’s home and vehicles in north Stockton were pelted with eggs. Winn says he has absolutely no idea who did it or why, but he has filed a report with the Stockton Police Department.
















No offense to Winn, but the only reason this is interesting at all is that his is one of three home addresses posted on Mayor Anthony Silva’s Facebook page a few weeks ago before the election.

To Silva’s credit, the mayor removed the home addresses from Facebook within a couple of hours of posting them. But before Silva took the addresses down, they were shared on at least one other widely viewed Facebook page.

This past weekend’s Winn egging very well may have been totally coincidental. But at the very least, the timing was interesting.

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An interview with Stockton Mayor-elect Tubbs

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Pizza and politics coming to Weston Ranch

At Mountain Mike’s, 2536 Manthey Road, Stockton, source of this is the Weston Ranch Community Association.



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