My Concerns on Oceanside City Council Districting

My concerns over Oceanside City Council Districting caused me to draft a letter to the city which I would like to share:

I am concerned about the transition to city council district elections. I could not find the answer to my question online and wanted to ask: how is it possible to implement city council districts with incumbents who were elected generally? Naturally won’t this almost certainly cause at least one district if not more to have no representation for at least one term? The only ways I can see to avoid this are to stagger the implementation giving incumbents general authority and re-elected or newly elected members district authority, or to have members represent a district in which they don’t reside. Furthermore I fear the district policy will hurt the people by not allowing them to speak with another council member regarding an issue in their district if their district council member has already rejected the notion. Finally, doesn’t this reduce the amount of people who can run for office from all qualified residents to those who randomly live in a to be drawn district which is assigned to an incumbent up for 2018 election? If so, how can people campaign without knowing if they’re eligible to run?

Letter to FCC on Stephen Colbert Comments

My letter to the FCC:
 
I understand that a formal investigation has not necessarily been launched into the comments made by Mr. Colbert, but the consideration of an investigation based on a member of the press’s political comments goes against the very foundations of free speech and individual liberty which are some of the core foundations of our democracy. I understand the desire to not have inappropriate materials in shows for children, but that is where the line should be drawn.
 
The very fact of publicly mentioning an investigation undermines the foundation of our democracy by chipping away at the core principles that so many have fought and died for.
 
Inhibiting the conversation never helps. We must allow it to flourish as that is where we as the American people combine the best of our strengths and skills to develop new ideas and ways of improving the world.
 
As John F. Kennedy said: “No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary…I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it…Our press was protected by the First Amendment … to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”