Monday, December 05, 2011

Charlie Brown Rescued!

CITY SAVES A HOLIDAY ICON
In a press release this morning, Interim Communications Director Bill Lobdell advised the world that Charlie Brown has been saved! Here's the text of that announcement:

COSTA MESA, CALIF. - There will be a Charlie Brown Christmas in Costa Mesa after all this year, thanks to a deal struck today by the City and Jim Jordan, whose family for 44 years has put up an elaborate holiday display at their Eastside home using Peanuts cartoon characters.

Jordan’s residential property had been recently foreclosed on, leaving the future of the Peanuts gang in jeopardy. Jordan said the attraction draws more than 80,000 visitors each year.

The Peanuts display—including a stage for Santa—will be moved to the lawn outside of City Hall, allowing Costa Mesans and others throughout Orange County to enjoy the popular holiday tradition.

Jordan and his crew of volunteers will begin setting up the series of holiday scenes on Friday, with the display scheduled to be officially open on Tuesday, Dec. 13. City Council members will throw the ceremonial switch at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 to light up the display.

“I’m so humbled and overwhelmed at the support from the community and City Hall that I can’t even express it,” Jordan said.

Santa will be making nightly visits from Dec. 18 through Dec. 23.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to save a beloved Costa Mesa tradition, and allow residents to come out and visit their City Hall,” said Tom Hatch, the City’s chief executive officer. “We were please we could help.”

Jordan said he needs volunteers to help set up the display and also to work as elves each night that display is open. Financial donations from individuals, families, companies and nonprofits are also welcome. Those interested should call City staff member Sylvia Chalmers at (714) 754-5099.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN
So, great news for all you Snoopy fans. It's going to be a "Charlie Brown Christmas" after all! Now, Linus, please tell us what Christmas is all about...

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28 Comments:

Blogger kwahlf said...

This is great news!
Thank you to all who made this possible.
The clip of Linus is my favorite for Christmas
as he explains what the true meaning is.

12/05/2011 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Question said...

Is it true Righeimer intends on outsourcing Snoopy?

12/05/2011 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

:-) ;-)

12/05/2011 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Question asked:
"Is it true Righeimer intends on outsourcing Snoopy?"

No, but Riggy allegedly "borrowed" the Red Baron plane and was seen bombing Fairview Park..

12/05/2011 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous SeparationChurchState said...

Thank God religious scenes are generally disfavored on city property- it would just be too weird to see Mary and Joseph replaced by Fitzpatrick and McCarthy..

12/05/2011 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Weight Limit said...

"..Riggy allegedly "borrowed" the Red Baron plane and was seen bombing Fairview Park.."

Please. It'd never get airborne.

12/05/2011 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Merry Christmas said...

The city hall critics can't even silence their tongues as residents celebrate the saving of a wonderful city tradition. Shame on all of you. Geoff, editing e-mails is more than just silencing extremely personal comments. These entries should never have made it on your blog.

12/06/2011 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger Femme persistant said...

Jim left this comment on my blog entry at TheLiberalOC along with his thanks to all for the outpouring of support he has gotten from the community; "We have set up a Snoopy House Trust fund to accept donations to off set the legal fees!! We made our first deposit to the new account today!! The gift was earned by 8 to 10 year old girls selling lemonade!! God bless them!! our PO bx is 2852 Costa Mesa ca 92628"

12/06/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Merry Christmas,
My blog, my call...

12/06/2011 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous City Truth said...

"These entries should never have made it on your blog"

You and your cronies should never have attacked our police, fire, and general employees.

Your pals should be ashamed of sending out new pink slips to our excellent employees during the holiday season.

12/06/2011 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike M said...

Such sensitive folks... lighten up, or don't bother coming on here...

It's great they did this, though - they can use all the good PR they can get, and nobody ever said they were stupid (Riggy and team, I mean) - just tone deaf and politically driven.

12/06/2011 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Just read this......wondering if it's true....

Daily pilot comments section....
Here is the rest of the story... The owner of the Snoopy House attends the same church as I do. Yesterday, the pastor mentioned to the congregation that, while Costa Mesa CEO, Tom Hatch, is willing to bring the Snoopy display to City Hall, he wants to exclude the Nativity Scene. It was suggested that anyone who doesn't want to see that happen should consider contacting Tom Hatch and asking him to bring the whole display, Nativity and all.
Many families of faith consider that part of the Snoopy House to be a significant part of their Christmas tradition. For them, it just won't be the same without it. Also, atheists and people with differing beliefs can appreciate that part of the display as a valid fictional version of Christmas, in the same way they perceive Santa Clause. Even if Jesus is a fairy tale, the Nativity shouldn't be excluded from the Snoopy House display because it played a big role in the beloved show we all grew up watching, A Charlie Brown Christmas. For the sake of staying true to history and tradition, represent the whole story!

12/06/2011 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Merry Christmas said...
"The city hall critics can't even silence their tongues as residents celebrate the saving of a wonderful city tradition. Shame on all of you. Geoff, editing e-mails is more than just silencing extremely personal comments. These entries should never have made it on your blog."

Me:

Your lame attempt to shift blame will fail.

Blaming Mr. West, or telling everyone to look at Snoopy instead of what you're doing will not work.

We know what you did:
http://www.theliberaloc.com/2011/12/06/costa-mesas-holiday-card-to-employees-is-a-layoff-notice-extension/

12/06/2011 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

I recommend the movie "Christmas with a capital C" to everyone.
Here's the song http://youtu.be/IAckfn8yiAQ

I would say Happy Holidays, but I don't want to offend anyone, so, Merry Christmas

12/06/2011 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Please Lead Us said...

I recommend that Greg Ridge set up a table outside Council Chambers and advocate for a religious symbol be placed at City Hall.

Then he will understand first hand what it will be like to deal with looney tunes.

Go Greg. lead us.

12/06/2011 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Good Will Hunting said...

No mangers near Mensinger please- he might try to shoot all the animals, then take Baby Jesus's place..

12/06/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Merry Christmas said...

City Truth and Joe: Uh, sorry, but we're all on the same side. The difference is that I know when to turn off my ire and you don't.

12/06/2011 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Nice try said...

Joe,

You should talk to Helen and Berardino about those layoff notices. they are the ones who required them in the contracts.

Nice try.

12/06/2011 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Troll:
"You should talk to Helen and Berardino about those layoff notices. they are the ones who required them in the contracts."

Me:

Ah, here it is:

"City employees shall be laid off, and notices issued near each major holiday, so that Riggy can get on national TV and procure a seat in Congress."

Helen and Nick:
Shame on you!

12/06/2011 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Femme persistant said...

How did such a positive post on a Christmas Display turn into a political/religious cat fight?

12/06/2011 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Man said...

femme...because this is costa mesa

12/07/2011 04:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Question said...

How did such a positive post on a Christmas Display turn into a political/religious cat fight?

Sorry. Some of us who saw another notice are having a tough time fully appreciating the display.

When you talked about fundraising for legal fees you meant for the folks who lost their house. God bless.

12/07/2011 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Merry Christmas said...

Femme persistant: It has only happened on this blog. That should tell you something.

12/07/2011 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

I'm a "looney tune" for advocating Christ at Christmas?

I was never against the "In God We Trust".....I just think they put it on the wrong wall. In needs to placed where the council can constantly be reminded of it.

12/07/2011 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Merry Christmas is Not Merry said...

Merry Christmas...Quit trying to be someone's mother. If you don't like what is said here, go somewhere else. If comments offend you, why do you keep coming back to read them? We know you are a council shill. Quit trying to pretend you are not.

12/07/2011 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Tiny Tim said...

Please Lead Us...Personal attacks during the Christmas season? Really? Is that how you operate? So sad.

12/07/2011 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Homeowner said...

Doesn't anyone do their homework. It was reported that this person with the display is losing their "RENTAL" property. Oh, so sad that he will be losing his supplemental income - NOT! So a trust fund has been established to help him save his RENTAL?

To the parents of the kids that donated their lemonade profits, isn't there a more noteworthy cause to donate, such as a children's leukemia or diabetes foundation as opposed to someone's rental property?

Who will be paying for the liability insurance for this cause? Heck, even Bounce Houses at city parks have to provide proof of liability to the city.

I guess there goes the electrical savings that was meant for the holiday closure in an effort to cut costs in electrical and fuel use, which was offered as a suggestion by the employees and agreed upon in the side letter of the MOU.

12/07/2011 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous College Park Resident said...

I heard set up is tomorrow in front of city hall & was invited to see staff scramble as they attempt to pull off this public relations stunt, that's taking away from real work in our neighborhoods.

In the end, it may turn out nice but at what cost? Staff time, electrical use to light this huge ensemble, equipment, materials. All for a guy who lost his rental property! You Tubers invited to watch your tax dollars spent on public relations instead of real business.

12/08/2011 09:14:00 PM  

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