Our speaker will be Mr. Michael Smolens of the San Diego Union Tribune. Mr. Smolens, after a few opening remarks, would like to conduct an inter-active question and answer forum so that he can specifically address your concerns about a range of issues. So, although as Democrats we are somewhat shy, reticent, and unwilling to ask hard, probing questions, let’s surprise Mr. Smolens with the fact that in Coronado, inquiring minds want to know.
Michael Smolens is a columnist for the Union-Tribune with a long history of political coverage. He was government and politics editor at the U-T from 1992 until late 2017. During that time, he has overseen local, state and national political news. As a reporter, he covered politics at all levels, including San Diego City Hall, and did a four-year stint in the news organization’s Sacramento bureau in the late 1980’s. A native of Wellesley, Mass., Smolens graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where he majored in English and journalism. Smolens also attended Elmira College in New York and was a goalie on the school’s hockey team. Declining reflexes persuaded him not to seek a career in the NHL.