Perhaps, with $600,000 spent cumulatively on recent Huntington Beach elections, resulting in some 2 million pieces of campaign mail distributed in favor of or opposition to candidates or issues, the messages, rather than the messengers, might have prevailed ("Council picks likely cemented," Nov. 4). They all appeared to be business people promising something. With all the data and technology at everyone's disposal, the election results are perhaps less a phenomena of the People Have Spoken and more the result of using fear with our residents of what could happen if certain people were elected or if certain initiatives passed or failed.
I like a diverse council; it encourages healthy debate and usually good compromise. We will definitely have one this time. Hopefully, they can learn to legislate together rather than the usual jockeying around for the win at any cost.
In my opinion, the community missed a huge opportunity. Fred Speaker has a heart of gold, passion to make sure Huntington Beach stayed the course financially and the experience to help find solutions to pension reform, budget restraints and managed growth without scaring the heebee jeebies out of the rest of us. Speaker would have been the council leader we needed to move from a few past years of individual agenda politics to a focus on community-wide issues.