What we are seeing in the council’s consideration of a resolution condemning Mayor Anthony Silva’s mishandling of the city manager hire, and seeing in its sending a report of his actions to the Grand Jury, is the end of the Pax Stocktona.
Council members realized several months ago that Silva’s attacks on them as untrustworthy, and their counter-attacks, were taking them all down — and Measures A and B with them. So they declared a truce.
Silva made them chafe for making this responsible decision. To cite just one example, this story, in which he throws the council under the bus. First he, not they, mishandled the city manager hire; then he turns around portrays his council colleagues as big spenders.
(Though he has a point. There was at least one good city manager among the finalists. Unfortunately, the council could not agree to hire him).
The council is still exercising a certain amount of restraint in order not to scare off qualified city manager candidates. But council opposition to Silva will make things even tougher on him going forward. Or, to be precise, Silva will make it even tougher on himself, now that the council has taken the gloves off.