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Commentary: Future leadership must work to regain trust

June 09, 2012|By Marshall B. Krupp

Re. "Wu: Democracy, not the GOP, controls Costa Mesa" (June 3):

Thank you, Jack Wu, for your words. Your message is one that may be true and may not be.

As a member of the community who has filed his campaign intention statement with the Costa Mesa city clerk to run for City Council in November, I want to add my thoughts to your observations. Although I am a Republican, and have been my entire voting career, I have not been in the dark backrooms of Orange County GOP politics and do not factually know what Councilmen Steve Mensinger's and Gary Monahan's and Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy's relationships are to the OCGOP.

Only through the words and actions of these three men, and the actions of the OCGOP, will we see if there is some level of relationship that is intending to shape the future of Costa Mesa and its leadership.

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At a minimum, your column reminds all of us to be aware, conscious and awake, that directly or indirectly, this can occur and set in motion a political agenda and movement that is not in the best interests of the community through outside influencing. So thank you for bringing this to the attention of our community.

I have learned over the years many times that the messages may not be fully in the words or actions that are explicitly stated. The messages may be in words that are not spoken, the actions not taken or the words and actions that show up in a circuitous way.

So what have been the messages that some of the members of the current City Council have given explicitly or implicitly to the community over the past 18 months? Is there a cloud of dysfunction covering the governance of the city, and is there a deterioration in the morale of employees? Is there a lack of trust, transparency and accountability, real or perceived?

And, more importantly, is this what is sought by the community for the next four years?

In a City Council election that is intended to be nonpartisan, it should not matter whether a candidate is Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, tea party member or independent. It should not matter what any central committee, PAC, or any other special-interest group supports or endorses.

What matters most are the core values that a candidate brings to the table, the expertise, skill set and resources the candidate shows up with, and the leadership direction the candidate brings.

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