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Letters From The Editor: Venezia and I will talk about political forums on the radio

By now you’ve probably read about the Feet to the Fire Forum lineup planned for 2014.

Those are the political debates I host with my friends from the Orange County Register and Voice of O.C. We’re planning to interview candidates for county supervisor, state Assembly and the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa city councils. If you don’t know about this exciting series, you can read about it in my last column.


As a little warmup, Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia and I are going to join Lynn Selich and Tom Johnson on the radio this weekend to talk about the debates. Johnson and Selich host a weekly 11 a.m. radio show on KOCI FM 101.5 appropriately titled “Sunday Brunch with Tom and Lynn.”

The format is up to the hosts, but I imagine we’ll dish about the various races, candidates and issues. Few people know Newport and Costa Mesa like Selich, Johnson and Venezia, so we should have a good time doing a little pre-election prognosticating.


For those of you who don’t know Selich, she is the editor in chief of, which covers philanthropic events. She writes a column for the Newport Beach Independent, serves as a host on the NBTV show “City Scenes” and is the wife of Councilman Ed Selich.

Johnson is the former longtime publisher of the Daily Pilot. He writes a regular column in The Current, the Register’s Newport-Mesa publication, and is president of Johnson Media Group, whose clients include the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau, Irrelevant Week and Visit Newport Beach Inc.

Venezia is a longtime Register columnist who recently brought her weekly Newport-Mesa politics column back to the Pilot. You can read her first column on the front page of Friday’s paper and online at

Johnson and Selich have a good lineup planned for their hour-long show:


•11 a.m.: Ashley Johnson of Visit Laguna Beach will talk about the Celebrate Good Taste event, March 7 to 9.

•11:10 a.m.: Nancy Levy will discuss the Leukemia Cup Regatta events at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

•11:15 a.m.: Andi Querry of the city of Newport Beach will discuss crime prevention.

•11:30 a.m. Venezia and I will talk Feet to the Fire Forum.


It’s supposed to be raining hard this weekend, so it might be a good time to curl up by the radio — you still have one of those, right? — and listen to the program. For more information on KOCI, visit

JOHN CANALIS is the editor for the Daily Pilot, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. He can be reached at (714) 966-4607 and