Councilwoman Kathy Miller sent along this photo of her vandalized window.
Rev. Dwight Williams over coffee this morning said he will seek an appointment two years down the road to replace Kathy Miller on the Stockton City Council if she ultimately decides to run for County Board of Supervisors and if she is successful in her.
“That’s on the record,” said Williams, noting the critical assumption that Miller runs and gets elected.
Mayor-elect Anthony Silva announced that Willie Brown will swear him in tonight. The City Charter, as far as I can tell, doesn’t say who may or may not administer the oath of office.
When asked who will swear him in, Councilman-elect Michael Tubbs said: “My mom, of course!” Tubbs also confirmed that Nightline will cover his swearing in tonight.
Here’s what the charter says on the subject:
SECTION 604. Oath of Office.
Every officer of the City, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take the oath of office as provided for in the constitution of this State and shall file the same with the City Clerk.
(Repealed and added Election 03/07/2000 effective 01/01/2001; Amended Election 11/8/94 effective 5/22/95; Amended Election 11/4/86 effective 12/9/86)
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.
No, said Anthony Silva, there are no plans for a reality show on Stockton’s next mayor. A healthy rumor had started, so we put the question to Silva, Stockton’s mayor-elect, asking him to confirm or deny.
He said he’s been approached from different people asking if he’d be interested in a project. Nobody used the words “reality show” but rather “documentary,” Silva said. He hasn’t made any deals. He also hasn’t turned them down.
“Because of all the crime that’s going on in the city and pending results of this bankruptcy stuff, a reality show for Stockton would be the farthest thing from my mind,” Silva said. “If I thought that any sort of marketing or any sort of publicity would be good for the city in the future, I would be interested in hearing what people would say.”
I propose The Bachelor Mayor. Move the Kardashian’s into the University Waterfront Plaza Hotel and see what magic ensues. Call it Dancing with The Mayor, and after every council meeting we can turn City Hall into a ballroom. The Real World Stockton…
The year-end financial report, which shows a $5.6M positive balance to Stockton’s coffers, also gives a short overview of the Stockton Police Department staffing figures. Part of the saving comes from the open positions. The report says that the department is having some success filling positions:
As of today, the department has increased officer staffing from the approximately 320 level they were at as the fiscal year began, to 333. They are projecting they will reach 344 by the end of the calendar year (authorized staffing is 361). There are four recruits in academy that will graduate by December, nine more due to begin academy at about the same time, and a sizeable number of candidates undergoing background checks. It is also hoped that the new Lateral Hiring Incentive Program recently approved by Council will provide a means of achieving additional hires. Lateral hires would come in at a higher cost than new academy graduates, which will further reduce the vacancy savings trend.
The city has released its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, detailing its finances for the year ending June 30, 2011.
This will become a key document in the city’s bankruptcy filing.
A total of 11 now have taken out papers to be candidates for the District 5 City Council seat vacated by Susan Eggman, who went on to the state Assembly.
Gary Malloy is the first to have taken out papers.
The three new names are:
City Clerk Bonnie Paige will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chamber for anybody interested.