The mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested on Thursday on a felony eavesdropping charge stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of surreptitiously recording at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged inner-city youths, prosecutors said.
Mayor Anthony Ray Silva, 41, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts – contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing an alcoholic beverage to an underage person and child endangerment, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
Silva is accused of using his cell phone to make an audio recording of the conversation between participants in a game of strip poker, one of them a 16-year-old boy, that took place in the mayor’s bedroom at the camp.
Prosecutors said in a press statement that the taped conversation indicated that the participants, who were naked, were recorded against their will.
“Witnesses stated that Silva had supplied alcohol and made it available to a number of underage counselors at the camp,” the statement said.
The incident, according to prosecutors, took place last August at the Stockton Silver Lake Camp in Amador County, California.
Neither Silva nor a lawyer was immediately available to comment. But the mayor acknowledged in a previous statement posted by a local TV station that he had been detained and had his electronic devices seized by federal agents at San Francisco International Airport last September, after returning from a mayor’s conference in China.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler and Tom Brown)
Watch a report on Silva’s arrest, as aired on KHTK-TV, below.
Did Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump break up over Iran?
It appears there is trouble in Warhawk paradise if Twitter is any indication.
A Twitter exchange between Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and President Donald Trump are battling over the recent drone strike of the Saudi oil fields. Trump, Graham and the Saudis are all blaming Iran, but Japan said that there is no evidence that it was Iran.
Aaron Blake at the Washington Post noted that Trump and Graham have long been together on foreign policy issues, but something changed when it comes to Iran.
California governor signs law making gig workers employees
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday which could slam the brakes on the so-called "gig economy" by requiring rideshare firms to treat contract drivers as employees, challenging the economic models of giants such as Uber and Lyft.
The legislation, which is being closely watched in other states, responds to critics who argue that rideshare firms shortchange contract drivers by denying them employee benefits.
Progressives say GM’s decision to cut off employee health insurance ‘yet another reason why we need Medicare for All’
General Motors' decision Tuesday to stop paying healthcare premiums for nearly 50,000 of the company's striking workers offered a powerful case for why Medicare for All is necessary to ensure stable and quality insurance as a right for everyone in the United States.
That was the argument advanced by single-payer supporters in the wake of GM's move, which union leaders and others quickly denounced as a cruel intimidation tactic designed to break the United Auto Workers strike.