Mayor Silva’s long game

Mayor Anthony Silva wants more power, either of the political sort or more authority as defined by the city charter. Why is a bit of a mystery, since he has laid out no program. He’s not doing anything, but he wants more authority to do it.

Anyway, it is clear from a quote in this story that Silva aims to increase his clout by drumming up candidates who are loyalists to replace council incumbents.

“Silva said he’s not going to fight the changes (to rules for council conduct), but after next year’s council election, he looks forward to a turnover with a council that favors his leadership. Those policies may be overturned, he said.”

So we can expect Silva & Co. to mount challenges to council members Holman, Canepa and Burgos, who either term out or come up for re-election in 2014. If everything goes Silva’s way, he would command a 4-vote majority on the council.

This strategy, packing the board, worked for him at the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton. It gave him the freedom to do virtually whatever he wanted. Look how well that worked out. A rubber-stamp board allowed Silva to alienate numerous big clients, compromise it financially and tarnish it in the public eye.

Not to mention that some of Silva’s axis are truly dubious characters.

A rubber-stamp council will be no better for the city.

What is in the city of Stockton’s best interests includes babysitting the mayor by insisting on certain standards of decorum and ethical conduct. This need not be construed as an attempt to deny the mayor his authority, just to keep the council-high-functioning.

As for garnering more sway with a Silva slate, Stockton’s is making progress — in spite of Silva. Candidates willing to expand Silva’s authority should be resolutely voted down.

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