In his apparent drive to manage everything everywhere — the city of Stockton, Stockton Unified anti-drug curricula, etc. — Mayor Anthony Silva sent his allies on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton an e-mail telling them to oust the three board members who were his opponents when he served as chairman.
The truly unsettling aspect of the e-mail, though, is the part in which the mayor warns his allies not to accept grant money from the national organization:
“Do not accept any funds from the National BGCA We don’t want their money or their restrictions, followed by their audits,” Silva wrote.
Question: Who’s “we?” Silva no longer serves on the board. He has been elected mayor of the city of Stockton and paid a full-time salary to do that full-time job. Meddling in the Boys & Girls Club affairs suggests he is not focused on the mayor’s job.
Then comes the creepy part.
“We purposely did not complete their paperwork to receive the $49,000 because they are just waiting to audit us once they receive it … thanks to our 3 board members who have been up to no good,” Silva added.
Any reasonable person reading this e-mail will suspect Silva has something to hide from an auditor. And the reason he wants the three dissenters off the board is that their actions could lead to said audit.
Given the chance to explain, Silva displayed his usual unerring political deftness:
“Leave me the (expletive) alone,” Silva said in a phone interview. “That’s the only quote you get from me.”
The only thing missing from this latest political blunder is for N. Allen Sawyer to issue his rote proclamation that this is all just an insubstantial political attack on poor Silva. The comment boxes below are at your service, Mr. Sawyer.