“Toes to the Stove” is tonight and if you’ve ever seen one of Barbara Venezia’s “Feet to the Fire” meetings, you know it is going to be fun and informative. IMO, this is the way candidate forums should be presented.

“Toes” is an excellent opportunity to see and hear the challengers for the four school board seats in the only forum that is truly non-partisan, as you will see by the panelists, moderator, and style.

  • At Toes, there will be free-range discussions, not just Q&A.
  • At Toes, there will be questions from the audience – nothing screened ahead of time.
  • At Toes, the panelists and moderator are known for their involvement, intelligence, and good character.
  • Event is being filmed professionally by Costa Mesa Brief
  • At Toes, there will be music and pizza!

So, here’s all you need to know:

Sponsored by: Newport Mesa Community for Students

Candidates attending are:
Ashley Anderson, Area 7
Michelle Barto,  Area 5
Michelle Murphy, Area 2
Dr. Gina Nick, Area 4
Dee Dee RuoRock, Area 7

(NOTE: All nine candidates were invited.)

The panelists are:
Patrice Apodaca – Journalist and author
Colleen Barney – Attorney and author
Cara Boyd – Teacher
Miriam Munoz – DELAC President, parent
Eleanor Rebard – CSEA

The moderator is Darnell Wyrick  Moderator,  Past president of Mesa Verde Homeowners and a veteran moderator

Location: Fairview Community Church, 2525 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa 92626

Toes starts at 6:00 p.m. with food and entertainment by the Darnell Wyrick Duo. The forum begins at 7:00.

It’s this Monday, Oct. 1, and it will be both fun and informative.

See you there!

Steve Smith