Silva’s toxic effect

NPR has a big story on Stockton. Its most unsettling part:

“They elected a new mayor, Anthony Silva, who quickly proved embarrassing. He said he had secretly recorded conversations with Deis and feuded publicly with members of the council. Silva has come under criminal investigation, although prosecutors refuse to specify the potential charges.

“As recently as July, there was talk of a recall campaign. Silva has since kept a low profile.

“It was a huge distraction,” Miller says. “It weakened our credibility with the public.”

“There’s no doubt about that. “Our mayor has been a divisive figure,” says Kathi Duffel, an English teacher who has come downtown for jury duty. “The city’s in disarray at this point.”

“As a result, she says, she’ll be voting against the proposed tax increase.”

The passage suggests that voters, disaffected by the drama Silva brought to the council, consider City Hall still to be dysfunctional, therefore unworthy of more tax revenue. They are skimming the text, not reading closely, as they did when the voted out Ann Johnston. If so, they are preparing to make another huge mistake.


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