Halecrest Appreciation Picnic A Success!
I managed to spend a couple hours today at the Halecrest Community Appreciation Picnic. Although I had to leave before things wrapped up, while I was there it seemed to be a rousing success. Reports from friends who were there through the end indicate that a good time was had by all.
SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE ATTEND
Although I don't know exactly how many people attended, one report tells me that more than 400 food plates were used. Lots of hot dogs were served, as well as many other yummy dishes in this pot luck event.
Former Parks and Recreation Chairman Mike Brumbaugh, the organizer and host for this event, did a fine job of making sure folks were having a good time. The photo shown above captured most, but not all, of the participants at the event just before 1:00 p.m. Everyone was having a great time. Thanks to Brumbaugh and his cadre of organizers for putting this very positive, uplifting event together.
NO POLITICS - YEAH, RIGHT!
While Brumbaugh asked that politics be left at the gate along with any dogs you might have dragged along, that would have been virtually impossible. When I was there a few current elected leaders were in attendance. Katrina Foley and Wendy Leece chatted up a storm. Former Mayor Sandy Genis arrived just as I left. At least two candidates for Police Chief, Les Gogerty and Tim Starn, were there, too.
NAGHAVI SPREAD THE JOY
Director of Public Works, Peter Naghavi - practically the last remaining department head left on the staff - joined the crowd and, shown here with Costa Mesa Police Association President Jason Chamness, was seen making the rounds, greeting the attendees and giving pep talks.
COVEY OF COPS
As I departed a covey of Costa Mesa motorcycle officers arrived following their support of the Barrett-Jackson Cruise that morning. The Costa Mesa Fire Department was also well-represented.
HATCH SHOWED UP, TOO
After I left City CEO Tom Hatch arrived with his family and, I'm told, did his best to chat with most of the folks at the picnic. It's good to know that he managed to carve out some very important time on this glorious day to visit with residents and employees in a casual, comfortable setting.
JIMMY FITZY ON A MISSION
I didn't see, nor did I have any reports, of any of the male members of the City Council making an appearance. I did hear, however, that their pet spy, Jim (Mr. Green) Fitzpatrick was seen skulking around, going from tree to tree, gathering information. You'll recall that he was seen doing the same thing at the first Feet To The Fire Forum last fall - hiding behind a tree, trying to hear what some members of the CMPD were saying. (You tell me - were these two guys separated at birth?)
This turned out to be an excellent event, blessed with perfect weather, good food, camaraderie and fun. Thanks to our good neighbors of the Halecrest Community for conceiving and hosting their neighbors and city employees. They, once again, demonstrated that they actually understand what the word "community" means.