Some conservatives opposing big government think “activist” is a negative term and “concerned citizen” sounds better. Perhaps so, but concerned citizens may or may not act on their beliefs while activists make their views public, to motivate passive concerned citizens and get unconcerned citizens to pay attention to important issues. Only the tiniest minority of activists nationwide cause civil disruption, and they rightfully should be called revolutionaries.
It would be an injustice to call Joe Holtzman of Mission Viejo merely a concerned citizen. He is an activist on multiple fronts from Mission Viejo City Hall to the San Onofre Nuclear Station and beyond. He speaks out on many fronts, including the internet and in meeting halls.
The Orange County Register and the media are crediting (and, thankfully, labeling) activists like Joe with gaining the release of a report by the manufacturer of the steam generators whose malfunction led to the station shutdown last year. Some interpret what they call efforts to bypass warnings of potential malfunction. The station owner, Southern California Edison, challenges the interpretations and denies any wrongdoing.
Mostly in the Dispatch we are focused on City Hall, but there is no other issue here greater than the potential disaster of an accident at San Onofre. Joe Holtzman also helped lead the fight to expose the dangers of excess capacity power lines on the ridge along Mission Viejo’s eastern flank.
Thanks to Joe. Hopefully he can turn some concerned citizens into activists and some of the uninformed into concerned citizens.