STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva not only wasn't in the mood to discuss the issue of giving badges to his private security staff, he told two news agencies, including News10, he was finished doing interviews entirely.
Tuesday night it was learned Silva had personally paid for eight badges that resemble police badges. Silva said they're necessary when he visits rough neighborhoods.
Since Silva didn't return calls about the matter on Wednesday, a "key to the city" event Thursday offered News10 and The Stockton Record the opportunity to get more information from the mayor. The information wasn't forthcoming.
"You're always negative. You don't make the city of Stockton . . . you don't show us in a good light. You don't convey my side of the story," Silva said to News10 reporter Tim Daly. "Saying 'no' to Channel 10, 'no' to Tim Daly. Have your news director call me, I'll tell him why," Silva continued.
Silva had the same message for Stockton Record reporter Roger Phillips when he attempted to speak with the mayor. Record Editor Mike Klocke said he's never seen a Stockton mayor take this approach with the only newspaper in the city.
"I would prefer for the mayor of a town of 300,000 people to speak to us. There's a lot of issues like public safety, education and the development of downtown. I think you should have to answer questions, not just be able to control the message yourself," Klocke said.