Setting new standards for shamelessness, Mayor Anthony Silva released a flier taking credit for Stockton’s drop in crime.
That’s a good one.
The drop in crime is the result of interagency gang operations started by others before Silva even took office, and of the Marshall Plan.
Far from being a part of this solution, Silva actually undermined the Marshall Plan in several ways: first, by championing a rival plan, a flawed, inferior plan proposed by a developer. He did this though the Marshall Plan had been in the works for months and had the buy-in of the county law enforcement leaders and experts.
Moreover, Silva repeatedly proclaimed in public that the council was not to be trusted with the tax increase necessary to fund the Marshall Plan; and he demonized the plan’s architect, City Manager Bob Deis.
He got everything wrong. Only when his wrecking-ball damage generated a serious groundswell for his recall did he back off.
Now he trots out crime statistics under the headers of “Positive Change” and “The Peoples Mayor” (yes, the flyer omits the apostrophe) to imply that the reduction in crime is the result of his courageously populist commitment to the little guy.
The truth is the Stockton residents in high-crime neighborhoods would have been terribly served had Silva not been shoved into the margins by the city leaders who took the steps that reduced crime. And from the margins of bathos and irrelevancy he throws bombs at the people who made a difference.