CUDAHY, Calif. – The mayor of the small Southern California city of Cudahy has resigned amid federal charges that he took bribes from a prospective pot dispensary owner.
The resignation of Mayor David Silva was announced Tuesday at a council meeting in the city of 25,000 people 10 miles south of Los Angeles, where cheers came from angry residents who had gathered to demand the mayor quit. Vice Mayor Frank Gurule made the announcement, Silva did not attend.
Silva, a City Councilman and a former city manager have been charged with soliciting and accepting $17,000 from the prospective owner of a marijuana dispensary who was working as an FBI informant.
The men have yet to enter pleas, and it is not clear if they have retained attorneys.