My friendship with John Canalis, editor of the Daily Pilot, is both strange and wonderful. He's wonderful and I'm just strange!
But all kidding aside, since we met more than four years ago, not only have we put our heads together creating the ground-breaking political forum series Feet to the Fire, but we also did something unprecedented.
We brought together media outlets in Orange County.
Moving past the pettiness of competition, the Daily Pilot, Orange County Register and the Voice of OC have continued to come together for a common goal with these forums.
And in the process the journalists involved, Norberto Santana Jr., Jack Wu, Roger Bloom and Frank Mickadeit, have all become close friends — Canalis and me included.
So last week, when my editor at the Orange County Register called to say that because of cutbacks the newspaper would be keeping only my lifestyle column in the local section and cutting my Newport-Mesa political column in The Current, Canalis had an idea.