Re. "City Life: Costa Mesa needs to hire Lobdell permanently," (Steve Smith column, July 26): I sure hope that Bill Lobdell's employment at the L.A. Times and Daily Pilot has come to an(other) end, this time for good. He was a reasonably good editor and columnist in past times, but he can never again be considered impartial in covering news and politics now that he has accepted employment in government, especially as the hired voice of this dysfunctional crowd in the Costa Mesa City Council.
I'm sure he's a nice enough guy, as columnist Steve Smith attests, but he's made the choice to work in the government sector and can no longer be trusted or expected to act as an impartial public watchdog, now or in the future. Hopefully, he'll be a clear and truthful communicator of the actual situations we face, not a purveyor of selectively sunny spin.