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Councilman’s call for change has supporters

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    This time it was Councilman Roy Moore who tossed the brick in the punch bowl, and the repercussions seem endless. It started with Moore’s July 24 newsletter. In it he announced he would not run for re-election and urged voters to dump the incumbents, Mayor Brett Murdock and Councilman Ron Garcia and elect three new people. He called the present council dysfunctional and to mend it with new folks.

      By the August 8 filing deadline, it was apparent that Garcia has chosen not to run.

        Moore referred to the No Incumbents movement as “Operation Clean Sweep.” And then it took off. Now people are even looking to purchase yard sign promoting voting out the incumbents. I have not seen such interest in a local election so early in the year.

          Moore’s announcement of his retirement from the council after 16 years and his urging constituents to not vote for his two colleagues made the local section of the Orange County Register and elsewhere. Soon messages supporting Moore’s stand popped up on, the local social network for neighborhoods, and in many conversations around town.

            “I’ve had my best response ever to a newsletter,” said Moore, who has published nearly 700 newsletters since 1999. “By email, telephone, in restaurants, Concerts in the Park and Home Depot, people tell me they agree with my stand,” said Moore, “and I’ve only heard from one person who disagreed with me.”

              In his newsletter, he urged voters to vote in three new people and charge them with changing the (negative) atmosphere in City Hall. Brea is a nice city with an abundance of amenities, but we need team players, not people who refuse to be civil to one another.

                Maybe Moore’s “Operation Clean Sweep” is just the beginning of a move toward term limits for Brea’s City Council. Voters passed term limits at the city council level in recent years in several Orange County cities, including Santa Ana, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Fullerton. I’m not a fan of term limits and prefer limiting terms at the ballot box. Let’s hope Brea’s candidates are chosen for their ability to reach consensus and deal with the issues and not by who threw the most mud.

                  Still muddy for many of us is hydraulic fracturing or fracking. A Fracking Symposium at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Cal State Fullerton, will have a panel of experts from both sides of the issue. It will address concerns of folks not only in Brea, but also in the other North Orange County cities. It is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP at

                    Also go to the website to post your questions about fracking and how or if it contributes to earthquakes, groundwater contamination, air quality and other concerns to be addressed by the experts.

                      At the last council meeting, City Manager Tim O’Donnell explained that Brea’s July 15 presentation by Linn Energy was just to prepare Breans for the CSUF symposium and to educate us about Brea oil operations. Linn made it seems as if there are no dangers or problems with fracking. Hopefully the symposium will educate us more thoroughly through more than one viewpoint.

                        Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at
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