Feet To The Fire Charter Debate Monday
Yep, that's right - that rowdy crew of journalists led by Orange County Register columnist Barbara Venezia and Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, will convene again on Monday, October 15th at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park) for their latest edition of fun and enlightenment. Doors open at 6:30, with the formal event scheduled for an hour, 7-8 p.m.
BABS AND HER MERRY MEN
Venezia and Canalis will be joined by Newport Beach Independent Editor Roger Bloom, Voice of OC Managing Editor Norberto Santana, Jr., Daily Pilot columnist Jack Wu and Register columnist Frank Mickadeit as they fire fastballs at Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Newport Mesa Unified School District Trustee Katrina Foley in a debate of Jim Righeimer's Charter.
It's not entirely clear what the format will be. With six interrogators on the stage with two victims, er, experts, it's unlikely that a standard debate format will be followed. Based on past performance, I expect something akin to a fast-paced version of dodgeball. And, of course, this is a highly-charged issue, debated by two people who won't soon be seen in an embrace, so it might be very interesting.
LOOKING FOR ENLIGHTENMENT
What I, personally, hope happens next Monday is that, by the end of the evening, we voters will have a much clearer idea of the details of Jim Righeimer's Charter. I hope that both Righeimer and Foley come prepared, answer the questions clearly and crisply and without any ambiguity. I guess we'll see.
STREAMING AND TAPED FOR LATER VIEWING, TOO
Venezia and her crew have created a new Feet To The Fire website, HERE. It provides you with a little history of the previous forums, including video clips of them. This event will be streamed live to that web site for those who cannot, or prefer not to, make it to the event itself. In addition, the good folks from Costa Mesa Television, Channel 24 (Time Warner Cable) and Channel 99 (ATT U-verse) will tape the event for later viewing both on streaming video and on television.
This event, only an hour, should be a good one. I suspect it might turn out to be a combination of dodgeball, mentioned above, and a food fight. It certainly will be good theater. See you Monday...