Perhaps we should cut Mayor Anthony Silva some slack. His one-issue agenda collapsed. He’s boxed in and must vote for a rival tax-for-cops plan. And he has a toothache. Still, his performance at last night’s council meeting was — oh, forget the slack — childish.
Deploying his usual ally-alienating prowess, Silva called for City Manager Bob Deis to be bought out and ousted. He insulted city staff. He undermined public confidence in city government — confidence necessary for voters to approve taxation absolutely indispensable to Stockton’s recovery — by proclaiming the city doesn’t deserve more funds.
And he came up with this gem of narcissism: “I have decided the immediate needs of the residents (are) more important than how I have been treated.”
Yet it is not Silva’s volatile temperment or wobbly ethical compass that causes the most worry. It is the voters who came before the council to assert that he’s The Man. And the unified, deliberative, reformist council and staff are heels who should be axed. It is clear that a cohort of the Stockton electorate is operating on a different set of facts. Not a good thing.