Orange Juice reports the Santa Ana Council will vote today on whether to remove OJ blogger Thomas Gordon from its anti-gang commission, known as the Early Prevention and Intervention Commission (EPIC).
Obviously, appointed commissioners serve at the pleasure of the elected council, and I believe an the appointing councilmember should have the prerogative of dismissing "their" commissioners. Thomas is the EPIC Commissioner for Ward 6, which is represented by Councilman Sal Tinajero.
That said, this is stupid on so many levels.
For starters, it doesn't make sense to can a commissioner who demonstrates a genuine concern for his city through positive, informed action. I've only met Thomas once, but I follow his OJ posts and to the extent this new medium can have traditions, I think Thomas represents the best in them. Instead of just bloviating, he does his homework and tries to go beyond ordinary media coverage areas.
It's also stupid from a political standpoint. If this is an attempt to squelch a critical voice -- or a non-supportive voice -- one would think recent experience demonstrates this approach just backfires. It just gives a blogger more oxygen. And it's not as though Thomas is going to stop blogging as a result.
Councilman Tinajero ought to reconsider this ill-advised course. I don't know if this is his initiative, or if he's acting on behalf of another councilmember or councilmembers. Let Thomas serve his city. It doesn't mean Tinajero and Thomas have to see eye-to-eye on everything, or be unable to constructively criticize each other. Grown ups should be able to do that.
UPDATE: The OC Register has an online story up about the matter.