By Ron Jones

STOCKTON (CBS13) — The district attorney is investigating allegations that Stockton’s mayor secretly recorded a conversation with the city manager, after the mayor admitted to to the alleged crime during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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The following exchange between Stockton City Manager Bob Deis and Mayor Anthony Silva happened during Tuesday’s meeting:

Deis: My recollection of the conversation is a little bit different than yours, Mayor. I don’t recall.

Silva: I can play it if you want to.

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Deis: I don’t recall stating those same things.

Secretly recording a conversation is against the law in California.

The San Joaquin County district attorney has opened a wiretapping investigation saying, “It is normally a violation of California law to record another person’s conversation without their knowledge or consent.”

With budgetary concerns facing the bankrupt city of Stockton, this latest political theater is not helping.

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The mayor was unavailable for comment on Wednesday because he was in surgery.