By Norb Garrett
While presidential elections rightfully take center stage, it’s important to remember that your vote in local elections can have a significant impact on life here in San Clemente. From the size of a light bulb used in an original Ole Hanson home, to the color of paint chosen on a new business to determining whether a development project is right for San Clemente, decisions made in city government impact your quality of life in ways you may never have thought about. If you’re not sure who should get your vote for one of the two available seats on San Clemente’s City Council, make sure to go online to www.sanclementetimes.com and read our Election Special. We’re fortunate in San Clemente to have a very passionate community, and we applaud all of the candidates for their willingness to dedicate their time and talent should they get elected (or re-elected) and join the sitting City Council members who already serve our community—often thanklessly.
I’m often asked why we don’t endorse candidates and I have to remind those folks that as a free newspaper and media platform, our role is to inform and educate, not to opine and pontificate. I have confidence in our readership to make its own decisions based on our exhaustive efforts to provide balanced information. We provide our Soapbox section each week for members of the community to share their opinions, and we do our best to provide a balance of columnists from voices in the community who share their thoughts about issues. Their opinions, I have to remind some folks, are theirs—not ours. Again, we strive to provide a balanced set of viewpoints.
So, please do your part to help shape our community by reading up on the candidates for City Council and vote for those who you feel best represent your sentiments about the future of San Clemente. And if you’ve never attended a City Council meeting, make sure to take the time to attend one in the near future for a first-hand look into the inner workings of city government. At minimum you’ll leave with a much greater appreciation for the important role our City Council plays in shaping your quality of life in San Clemente. And who knows, maybe that visit will motivate you to put your hat into the ring for the next election.