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Mayor Wants To Wait Before Signing Letter Urging Action Against Gun Violence

Silva wants to study and discuss a letter that was sent today to the White House

Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva will do some studying and discussing before she places her name alongside 750 other mayors on a letter urging Congress and the White House to take action to end gun violence in the country.

The letter was written by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and was sent to President Obama today in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last week.

In the letter, the group urges the White House and Congress to require all gun owners to pass a criminal background check, remove high capacity weapons from the streets and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

It also urges the president to appoint an ATF director and prosecute people who try to purchase firearms when they know they aren't eligible to do so.

You can read the entire letter here.

Silva said she wasn't told about the letter until Wednesday afternoon. She will be out of the country for part of the holidays, so she wants to take a closer look at the proposal after the first of the year.

Silva said she also wants to discuss the letter with her fellow council members as well as the police department before signing it.

anonymous December 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The line that sticks out in this story is that she wants to discuss it with the police... I will take that bet!!! Her disdain for the WCPD is so beyond obvious. She'd only ask them, so she could do the opposite. Enjoy the coal that will be left in your stocking this year Mayor!!!
simone December 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Did any of you take the time to read the actual letter that will be sent? There is nothing in the letter that is controversial or that needs discussion. They are all suggestions that have been proposed previously and that, I'm almost certain, most citizens would agree with. It doesn't take too much time out of the Mayor's day to read the letter and decide if she, as the representative of Walnut Creek, will sign it. Why the delay?
Julie Jepsen-Grant December 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Bless the beasts and the children For in this world they have no voice They have no choice Bless the beasts and the children For the world can never be The world they see Light their way When the darkness surrounds them Give them love Let it shine all around them Bless the beasts and the children Give them shelter from the storm Keep them safe Keep them warm Light their way When the darkness surrounds them Give them love Let it shine all around them (Carpenters 2004 A&M Records) Please sign this letter. Thank you.
One more time with feeling December 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Paula Miller, With all due respect, "knee-jerk reaction"? First, please read the letter. It focuses on "gun owners to pass a criminal background check, remove high capacity weapons from the streets and make gun trafficking a federal crime". The background check is already required from "normal" retailers - this merely adds "private dealers" to the background check requirement. Heck, even the NRA should support these items. For continued reading: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/14/1337221/a-timeline-of-mass-shootings-in-the-us-since-columbine/?mobile=nc ... and it extends before Columbine. Silva's response is no more than further exposure of her unbelievable lack of priority she places on public safety in Walnut Creek.
Paula Miller December 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
@OMTWF, I did, in fact, read the letter mentioned in the article and the first thing that struck me was the name of the group......Mayors Against ILLEGAL Guns. I do believe that the guns used in this heinous crime were legal and were also purchased legally. Hopefully one day with careful study and reasonable legislation this will not be the case. More to the point, I was praising Ms. Silva for not rushing to sign, (especially when it seems that no former mayors of Walnut Creek have felt it necessary to sign up with this group) without consulting with the Chief of Police and the other council members. The mayor of Walnut Creek is not directly elected by the voters and because of that should always be sensitive to the feelings and opinions of all of the council before taking actions representing them. I do hope that all of the council will now see the need for fully funding and staffing our police department. Kids in our schools interacting with police officers is of the utmost importance and I for one have no problem with officers being present on the school grounds. @ Julie Jepsen-Grant, Thank you for reminding us of this beautiful song.
Mike Rothman December 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Please, please sign this letter, Ms. Mayor. The proliferation of guns in our society saddens and sickens me. That in a few short minutes so many young, promising lives can be snuffed out is a crime, and it is time for us to take action.
anonymous December 21, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Puh-leeze! Unless signing this letter will get her (and/or Simmons, et al) a plaque on a wall with her name in bold, she could care less. This Mayor (and the council as a whole) does not care about public safety PERIOD. That is why we no longer have officers in our schools. That is why our officers have the lowest pay (when including benefits) in the county. That is why this Mayor is about to force a contract on the police managers, as payback for opposing her when she ran for re-election. At least this forced contract (while still despicable), is going to be done legally, which is more than can be said for the council's actions 2-3 years ago.
JClark927 December 21, 2012 at 05:39 AM
The letter is a political crock and so is the moniker "gun violence". None of the points raised in the letter would have changed the tragedy at all. The reason anti-bill of rights people rush to send these letters is that allowing time for facts to come in always points to something other than the firearm.What phrase would point to a more realistic solution to most deaths that involve a firearm? how about: "gang violence"; "drug violence"; "known risk perpetrator violence". People are standing on graves to push their politics and I support the decision to not join in that absurdity. I know, lets go back and try something that we had for 10 years and that was useless. Track and manage the broken among us and education those affiliated with them: way more manageable and intelligent.
Patricia Derickson December 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The definition of insanity is do keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. For too long we have let the NRA dictate gun policy in this country. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns letter addresses changes that are needed to get sensible laws in place. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Please sign the letter!
Tom Conrad December 22, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Signing the letter is not political grandstanding nor a knee jerk reaction. It is what is called leadership. What we need today is sanity and clear thinking to allow us to work through this major public policy question. Our Mayor needs to be out front, leading and helping us to find a way to rid our streets and schools of these threats to our very existence. This question is not one which 'requires a massive amount of study.' The time for posturing is behind us...Now is the time to stop the Columbines, Auroras, and Newtowns from ever happening again! It is time for our Mayor to step up and join her colleagues in calling for a sane policy of hand guns. Tom Conrad
Northgater December 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I agree with, and compliment, Mayor Silva on her decision to discern the issues before signing this document. I also agree with the commnents above offered by Paula Miller.
One more time with feeling December 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Paula Miller, I appreciate your response. Had Silva signed on to MAIG after first becoming mayor in response to the Oikos University massacre, one might consider *that* a knee-jerk reaction. Perhaps immediately after the Seattle Cafe Racer Espresso or Aurora, CO theater events or any of the other heinous mass shootings around the US before & after these. One could surmise that if one is not a MAIG signatory, then one is pro-illegal guns. That extreme aside, it is a stretch for me to believe that law-abiding citizens (including city council & WCPD members) would not support reducing the availability of *illegal* guns. I agree: It is "Mayors Against Illegal Guns". Not *City Councils* or *Police Departments* or *Legal* guns. Legal & legally obtained weapons will continue to be debated. Addressing the *illegal* ones is fair game (pun intended). If MAIG were attacking legal weapons, then I would understand and support Silva's inaction. I agree: The weapons used in Connecticut were obtained legally. They became *illegal* when they were taken without permission from their owner. The First Selectman of Newtown would not have prevented this horrendous event by becoming a signatory to the MAIG letter. MAIG does not demand a ban on all firearms or trample on the Second Amendment. I did find this interesting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayors_Against_Illegal_Guns Too bad *illegal* guns have become politicized.
Paula Miller December 24, 2012 at 05:36 AM
OMTWF, I appreciate you response also. However, I still do not feel that a mayor who is not directly elected to that position by the voters, should sign on to anything without consulting with at least the other members of the council. He/she does not and should not have that much power and for that we all should be thankful. I am sure there are many instances in which you would not appreciate any mayor jumping into a fray without a consensus of his/her peers. As to a mayor of Walnut Creek signing on as a supporter of MAIG, that is something that should be decided by a majority vote of the council. I am sure that the gun control issue , legal or illegal, automatic or semiautomatic, will not be decided before the end of this year (there is no one left in Washington) so there is no hurry for anyone to sign anything on the subject. Merry Christmas!
SR December 24, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Cindy Silva is a very conservative Republican. It should be no surprise she didn't sign this. Just like Gary Skrel and Justin Wedel.
Thomas December 28, 2012 at 07:33 AM
"gun violence" is a misleading term used to manipulate. As is "get guns off the street." These are used to mislead the public, before passing laws that target neither the violent, nor guns on the street, but guns in the homes of law-abiding citizens. http://theguncontroldebate.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/winning-the-gun-control-debate-finally/
KMC January 16, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Does anyone know if Mayor Silva has decided if she'll sign the letter or not. Seems like she's had enough time to make up her mind by now.
One more time with feeling January 28, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Still waiting for something from Silva and City Council on *illegal* guns...
One more time with feeling February 12, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Is the "knee-jerk" reaction time still ongoing?
One more time with feeling March 02, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Hi Paula, Is the "knee-jerk reaction" time over yet? Whether or not there is MAIG support is irrelevant. A simple statement about illegal guns would be just fine...
One more time with feeling March 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Still waiting to learn if our mayor is (for or) against *illegal* guns.
One more time with feeling March 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Still waiting... "I am against *illegal* guns and will be a signatory to MAIG (fill in the date)." or "I am against *illegal* guns and will not be a signatory to MAIG because..." or "I support *illegal* guns because..." This was disappointing in December when the article was written. Over three months later, this is _______________. (adjective) (Remember "Mad Libs"?)
One more time with feeling April 04, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Mayor Silva set the expectation that she would read the letter, confer with other council members and the Police department before taking a stand for or against *illegal* guns. Over four months have passed. Perhaps I am not allowing a reasonable amount of time. Perhaps a community workshop (smoking ordinance) or task force (alcohol, blue ribbon finance) or commission (arts, open space, planning, design, etc.) is required to decide whether the Mayor of Walnut Creek supports *illegal* guns - or not...
One more time with feeling April 18, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Still looking for Mayor Silva's *illegal gun* position.
One more time with feeling April 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Mayor Silva's *illegal gun* discussion "with her fellow council members as well as the police department" sure is taking a long time... I'm pretty sure the "knee-jerk reaction time" is over and we are well into "hoping this can be ignored so it goes away"... Remember - just need a position statement - no signature required. Perhaps guiding citizens in the direction of closing the Ygnacio branch library, circling the Lesher Center wagons because of the Pedroza sex scandal; adding $1 million in expense to keep the Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek Branch running (bringing the city's General Fund subsidy of this county-staffed facility to $1.5 million annually), continued subsidy of the (failing) downtown Library cafe and failing to generate meaningful revenue from the storage containers at Liberty Bell Plaza takes precedence. After all, the non-Walnut Creek residents who use these facilities, are board members and attend the galas need to be kept happy. The least we could do is take away (and sell) the Glennhaven "Visiting Actors" house as punishment for failing to follow mandated-reporter state law. An apology from the City to the victims and their parents is appropriate. Pirate Pete says, "Arrrgh... stop spending money you don't have or the credibility hole will get deeper... arrrghhh..."
Bob Brittain May 01, 2013 at 03:47 AM
One More Time with Anonymous Hostility, You continue to distort things about Walnut Creek. For example, there was a special City Council meeting last Saturday morning and Exhibit 3 (available on the WC website) shows the actual financial details regarding library funding in Walnut Creek. For Fiscal Year 2012/2013, the TOTAL cost of both additional library hours AND operations and maintenance of BOTH the Ygnacio Valley AND Downtown Walnut Creek Libraries was $1.038M. The County puts $3M into the operation, paying 3/4 of the costs. So, you are either willfully ignorant or you are prevaricating. You also failed to point out that all of the above funds were paid by a specific initiative for library services - Measure Q - that voters passed in 2002. It seems unfair that you hide in anonymity making false claims. Or, maybe it's just fun for you to operate in an unregulated media climate like Patch. You have many targets for criticism and few for praise. So sad.
Ralph Hoffmann May 01, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Right on, Bob!!
Julie Jepsen-Grant May 01, 2013 at 12:22 PM
"unregulated media climate like Patch." So you are saying Patch should have a filter to stop any person from posting anything you consider negative about Walnut Creek? Sorry, Bob, I'm a big girl. I can handle the truth. I enjoy reading ALL comments. From everyone and anyone. I am not outraged at anonymous posters. Hope your May is filled with beautiful sunrises and sunsets with birds chirping and everyone in Walnut Creek dancing in the streets singing their favorite songs.
Ralph Hoffmann May 01, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Julie, I've begun a new international organization, B.B. simular to A.A. Would you like to hear about the details?
One more time with feeling May 02, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Bob, Thank you for your comments. I knew of the Saturday morning 4/27 meeting - more on this in a bit. Your current/historical reporting is good. You did not mention voter-approved Measure Q Parcel Tax to fund (County staff) additional hours of operation at the Contra Costa County Libraries has sunset. This means replace the funding or eliminate the additional hours. The Library Foundation can't seem to raise the funds. Mayor Silva stated another parcel tax was not appropriate. The only other option adds the expense to the City's budget. The link to which you refer at the City's web site for the $500k annual salary funding for the 21 extra hours is a good start. Click on the link under it to see the *unfunded* $700k+ annual salaries & $400k of *unfunded* other expenses http://www.walnut-creek.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=7593 If my providing visibility to unfunded expenses is prevaricating, explain why you provided only half the funding story. About the 4/27 meeting: This had been the *only* "Fiscal Sustainability" meeting scheduled for a Saturday morning per the City's web site. Until mid-evening 4/26, the agenda included: Library; School, Non-Profit and other Agency Support. The other topics were dropped the night before the meeting. Only the Library remained. Prevaricating, indeed. Bringing visibility & truth is somehow unfair to you. My observations are not false as you claim - if they were false, *that* would be unfair, as is censorship.
One more time with feeling June 14, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Still waiting to know Mayor Silva's stand on *illegal* guns.

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