Newport Beach Councilwoman Nancy Gardner once told me about a very interesting aspect of her job.
She described how, in the city, little brushfires of resident concern are always popping up. How she and the rest of the City Council handle each of these iswhether they have a happy resident or create an activist.
And if the activist is ignored or brushed off, then the fire grows and you’ve created a movement.
Normally a movement won’t change the city too much, especially since we have had basically the same council for nearly a decade.
But couple discontent with a council election with three open seats – and Rush Hill up for re-election – and reading through the list of candidates for the 2014 vote could prove daunting.