Letter to the Editor:

Citizenry of Newport Beach needs to be educated on city governance

I wrote the letter below in the style of a journal entry while I was watching the last City Council meeting of March 12th from home.

Since that time, I have been seeking information and talking to residents about our problem in Newport Beach; by that I mean campaign reform. Because it is such a complex issue, it needs to be examined thoroughly and carefully. The best thing that concerned citizens can do at this point is attend City Council meetings every other week and become educated as to what can be done to improve our City Government. You know what they say about an educated citizenry: it is the vital part of a democratic government. 

You can start tonight by attending the City Council meeting at the Civic Center. If you arrive between 6:30 and 7 p.m., you can pick up agendas in the entry and select a good seat.

When I watched the Newport Beach Council meeting at home, which unfortunately I was unable to attend in person, a nagging thought ran through my mind. I wanted to attend and speak to the alleged election indiscretions and violations of Team Newport outlined in our local newspapers, frustrated that I did not know enough about the situation to speak or write at length. I intend to do my homework to become more knowledgeable on the subject because it is so important that we hold our elected officials to the highest standards possible. 

The dominant issue in terms of attracting speakers that evening was the Aquatic Center which has been a popular speaking topic at more than one meeting. As I listened to all of these people speak about the Aquatic Center, I am moved by their passion in coming forward to express their personal views, an amazing number of them. 

What concerns me, however, is how few people in contrast, come forward to talk about the conduct of some of the members of our City Council. The members look good and often sound very good, but some of what takes place away from the dais is not good government. That is why we are so indebted to citizens like Susan Skinner and Jim Moshier and several others who consistently come forward to say so eloquently what should be on all of our minds and tongues. Fair elections as we have been reminded so often lately, are at the basis of our democracy. 

Lynn Lorenz

Newport Beach