The whole “land grab” thing

Terry Hull, seen in this 2004 photo, was Anthony Silva's strongest opponent on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton.

I imagine many observers are baffled by today’s story about former Mayor Anthony Silva’s oblique reference to a conspiracy and a “land grab” as being behind his indictment. I’m a bit puzzled myself.

To better understand , you have to go back to 2013. Anthony Silva was mayor and still CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton. There were two hostile factions on the board. A majority of Silva’s hand-picked friends let him do what he wanted. A minority of scrupulous dissenters thought Silva was mismanaging the club.

They were right. Later that year Stockton Unified withdrew a huge contract for Club services, the national Boys & Girls Club yanked the Stockton club’s charter and Silva resigned under pressure.

By the way, I love this passage from a story of that time about Sharon Simas, Silva’s right-hand woman. “Simas said that until receiving the letter announcing the revoked charter, she saw no signs of a problem. “This was shocking,” Simas said. “Totally shocking.”

Yes, national organizations always revoke charters out of the blue.

Anyway, the point is that the honest faction on the board had its knives out for Silva. So he may be saying these enemies contributed to his downfall by going to the District Attorney with allegations. I, too, was in communication with the board reformers and what I heard informed my opinion of Silva.

As to where Modesto comes in, your guess is as good as mine.

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