Thursday Evening Will Be Very Busy
It's going to be a busy evening in Costa Mesa tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th. There are three events that will stretch your allegiances since they are all being conducted simultaneously. So, you have no reason to stay home, because there's a little something for everyone.
A NIGHT OF MELTED PEDICURES
The next edition of Barbara Venezia's Feet To The Fire Forum will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. (Lions Park). Venezia, as hostess, will be joined by local journalists John Canalis and Jack Wu of the Daily Pilot, former Daily Pilot publisher, Tom Johnson, now of the Orange County Register's The Current, Roger Bloom of the Newport Independent and Norberto Santana, Jr., of the Voice of OC.
LET'S WATCH THEM SWEAT
Each of them will be grilling candidates for the newly-created 74th Assembly District, Allan Mansoor, Leslie Daigle and Bob Rush. Mansoor is pretending he's the incumbent, but he's not. His district was re-formed and he no longer lives within the boundaries. Daigle is a Newport Beach council member and Rush is a newly-minted Democrat who also lives in Newport Beach. I'm really interested in hearing what they have to say on issue like the 19th Street Bridge and Banning Ranch, for example.
The festivities begin when the doors open at 6:30. The program starts promptly at 7:00. It should be fun.
VIEWING PLAN "C"
At 6:00, in the Costa Mesa Emergency Operations Center (EOC) next door to the Police Department at 99 Fair Drive, the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex Task Force will hold another meeting to try to flesh out whether that facility should be privately operated and, if so, what it should look like. This meeting will have the third iteration of a proposal by Big League Dreams, the outside firm assigned to this project by the City Council several months ago. I've attended many of the meetings. They are always informative and "spirited", since many of the community members who are part of this task force seem unconvinced that privatization of this community asset is the way to go.
And, for what should REALLY be a fun event, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in South Coast Plaza near Sears, there is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. This event, Tip-A-Cop, will have Costa Mesa police officers acting as waiters and waitresses and everything you tip them will be donated to the Special Olympics. The poster for this event is below. If you can't read it just click on it to make it larger. I'm sorry I'm going to be down listening to Mansoor, Daigle and Rush duke it out. This event combines great grub, a fun time and an opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause.