In an utterly cynical move, Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has sent out a mailer taking credit for Stockton’s reduction in crime.
That’s a good one — or it would be if it weren’t so unfair to the people who deserve credit.
And never mind what Silva’s brain transplant, N. Allen Sawyer, says in this story : “Silva isn’t taking credit for the drop in crime, which is indicated in the use of the pronoun “we,” said political consultant Allen Sawyer, a member of the Stockton Safe Streets coalition.”
Baloney. When you say “we” did something you include yourself in the credits. And the only person depicted on the mailer is Silva. The whole point of the mailer is to cement political support by taking credit for Stockton’s reduction in crime.
To say Silva does not deserve credit is understatement. He fought the smart plan, the Marshall Plan, now proven effective. His flawed plan would have undemined the authority of very police chief who has achieved so much. And it would have kept the city insovent, thanks to its fiscal naivete.
But that does not matter to Silva & Co. They calculate that by avoiding the press they can use the mailer to keep a simple message before a disengaged voting bloc. A constituency with heightened concerns about crime and no idea who to credit. Well, now they know.
On the mailer’s reverse side, Silva says he will soon launch a gun buyback with his own money. Silva gets two six-figure salaries. One from a full-time job with the Boys and Girls Club of Stockton, the other from his full-time job as mayor. A double duty he juggles by neglecting Stockton, as his absence this week attests.