A few years ago, the Register changed its editorial policy and began to endorse specific candidates in election season (they had always taken positions or made recommendations on ballot initiatives). By default, they lead the short list of “mainstream media” in the OC, so this change was welcome as it never made a lot of sense that they didn’t weigh in on local candidates. Further, given the lack of depth in Orange County coverage by the broke and broken LA Times, it made even more sense, and it’s hoped the OCR’s new management doesn’t mess with the policy. It’s been favorably noticed since their recent acquisition that the paper’s editorial content has significantly increased, even if some of it is paid columnists from outside the area.
Fountain Valley, one of the OC’s better run cities, benefits today from the Register’s correct endorsements of former Fire Chief Steve Nagel and business executive Pat Tucker. Some had their doubts about Nagel’s first run as it was feared his presumed loyalty to the city’s Fire Department and union might be an issue in public safety force reduction, outsourcing and salary and benefit negotiations. The city had some dealings with the OCFA, but it was never clear why nothing resulted. The Register says he’s been more than responsible in this area, and he deserves a second term before he must sit one out or move on to something else.
Tucker appears a sensible, hard-nosed business man and solid conservative. His response to a question at last week’s candidates forum was spot on — the city should dump its membership in the liberal League of Cities and save the membership fees and the faux direction it might be taking from these lefties. If Tucker wins, he won’t need any indoctrination or “training” from the League. FV bagged their membership in another pseudo government, the unelected, unappointed Association of California Cities – Orange County a few months ago. Tucker’s also unhappy with the vagaries of the city’s grandfathering rules on term limits, probably as he seems no fan of FV Mayor John Collins’ decade plus on the Council dais.
Dan Nguyen, a bank manager, is also in the race, but he neglected to get to the candidates forum, insulting plenty of residents who did, and its sponsor, the FV Chamber of Commerce. This rookie move will cost him, especially as the event was taped and being re-broadcast on the local access channel with his empty chair at center screen. At the forum, 18 year-old Brian Tice presented himself well, but also showed his lack of seasoning, and Cheryl Brothers impressed with her experience at being retired.
So good on, Register — your readers are looking forward to your further endorsements.