STOCKTON - The Boys and Girls Clubs of America has dropped the Stockton club from its membership, effective Dec. 11.
"The Board of Governors has the authority to terminate the membership of any organization that is not in full compliance with all membership requirements and operating standards," said a club official via email.
Though a reason for the separation wasn't given, a board member in Stockton said it's linked to an email recently written by former director Anthony Silva, who's now Mayor of Stockton.
In that email, Silva admitted to turning down funds from the national organization to avoid an audit.
"We don't want their money or restrictions, followed by their audits," Silva said in the email. "We purposely did not complete their paperwork to receive the $49,000 because they are just waiting to audit us once we receive it."
Interim Director Richard Jones said Wednesday he's been instructed by the board not to comment until after a board meeting Thursday.
Late in the day Silva said in an interview with News10 he regretted the email, but also downplayed any possible impact on the Stockton club.
"The organization has been around 50 years, and will be around for 50 years," Silva said. "Services will continue to be provided. The status (of the club) does not change."
Stockton Boys and Girls Club receives an estimated $700,000 in funding to operate after school programs at a dozen Stockton schools. Stockton Unified spokesperson Dianne Barth said the district is now looking at other organizations to pick up that work, with the Boys and Girls Club losing it's membership.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org