About Steve Smith:

  • Endorsed by the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
  • 28-year Costa Mesa resident
  • Married, 2 children
  • Involved with schools since 1995
  • Daily Pilot columnist for 15 years
  • Self-employed writer


There is an axiom in law that goes something like, “When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, call the other lawyer names.”

There is no defense for not initiating a review of the district’s legal expenses, a move that board member and attorney Katrina Foley stated could save $2 million.

To most of us, this is an easy call: Conduct the review and see if she is right. As I posted yesterday, even if she is way off, taxpayers would still save a bundle.

But instead of discussing the merits of Foley’s recommendation, she has publicly been accused by one person of grandstanding.

Name calling and finger-pointing is what people do when they have no defense against the facts.

I will continue to bring up my concerns with our schools and with the way the school district conducts its business. I don’t expect any changes overnight. I will engage in discussions of programs and policies, not people and personalities.

But I don’t expect others to do the same. As I learned in 16 years as a newspaper columnist, people have no hesitation to call other names instead of offering thoughtful responses that provoke ideas and discussions.

You can stop the cycle. If you don’t like the name-calling, if you want to  support better government, vote for candidates who argue programs and policies, not people and personalities.



My candidacy supports:

  • School improvement, particularly on Costa Mesa’s Westside
  • Increased communication to help keep you informed
  • Increased transparency so you know where your tax dollars are going
  • Best practices to increase efficiency
  • Less complacency and less indifference
  • Renewed vitality

What you can do:

  • Tell your friends, family and co-workers about this blog.
  • Ask them to vote for Steve Smith on November 4.

Your vote on November 4 is appreciated. 

Thank you.