As reported by reporter Jason Anderson on Wednesday, Mayor Anthony Silva made some heated public comments at Tuesday’s Stockton Unified meeting Tuesday night. Silva, upset about after school program contracts, questioned Superintendent Steve Lowder’s leadership among other things.
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Trustees appear to have been taken aback by the Mayor’s comments. Trustee David Varela was very pointed in an interview with The Record.
“I was not surprised, but I was disappointed with Mr. Silva,” Varela said. “I was just, I mean, anyone that carries around a shield and a sword…what do you expect? He has a little toy shield and a sword. Go play in your la la land. It’s another antic. Another antic for him and to come and threaten us with recalls….really? Really Anthony? Come threaten us with our jobs, and you’re having a hard enough time doing yours?”
I’m not sure what “shield and sword” Varela was talking about. Maybe it had something to do with a gladiator helmet and spiked scepter Silva wore at a State of the City Address in 2013.
As for the after school programs, district officials said principals picked which partner they wanted to use for their individual programs. Four agencies – El Concilio, the former Boys & Girls Club, TABLE, and the YMCA presented to all. The district said seven principals picked the YMCA and five picked TABLE, which is the group started by NFL player Lavelle Hawkins.