July 28--We're still accepting applications from readers who would like to become members of The Facts' Advisory Board. We specifically are hoping to get a diversity in applicant age, race and geography in order represent all of Redlands.
If you are a keen observer of local government and civic affairs who has opinions about how to make Redlands a better place to live and work, you might be one of the readers we want.
The Advisory Board will get together regularly to hash out the newspaper's official positions on issues in the news. Some meetings will be held by conference call to accommodate work schedules.
In election season, the Advisory Board will interview candidates for political office and--combining those interviews with what we know of the candidates from reading the paper and from our personal experiences--will make recommendations on endorsements. We will evaluate local ballot measures and recommend yes or no votes on them.
The board will meet from time to time with public figures and groups that want to present their perspective on an issue to the newspaper, in hopes of obtaining the newspaper's editorial support.
The Facts' editorials and endorsements represent the opinions of the newspaper's management. Accordingly, the newspaper's top managers are on the board, along with the opinion editor and assistant opinion editor.
Everyone on the Advisory Board will have a chance to suggest topics for editorials; the group will discuss each topic and arrive at an editorial position or decide not to comment on the topic at that particular time.
Those meetings will generally last 45 minutes to an hour. When groups request meetings with the board, we will try to schedule them right after our regular meeting.
Our underlying principles include support for openness and accountability in government; public education and youth development; and responsible economic development. We aim for practical, not ideological, solutions to problems.
If you would like to apply for a spot on The Facts' Advisory Board, please send a one-page statement of your interest and qualifications to:
c/o Toni Momberger
19 E. Citrus Ave. Suite 102
Redlands, CA 92373
Or send an e-mail with "Advisory Board" in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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