Thursday, October 04, 2012

Public Safety Appreciation Event

I attended the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Appreciation BBQ at the Orange County Fair and Event Center today.  What a GREAT event!

Members of the Costa Mesa Police Department, Costa Mesa Fire Department and other public safety support groups were honored by community members and leaders.  Rather than blather on and on, I'll just let the photos I took give you an idea of the event.  You can read Daily Pilot reporter Bradley Zint's coverage HERE.

 Artwork on the Kraft paper table coverings with messages from local school children thanking the public safety staff.

Legendary CMPD School Resource Officer Jess Gilman was an early arrival.  He's a big fella!

 CMPD Lieutenants Bob Ciszek and Rob Sharpnack enjoying fresh-squeezed lemonade

Brad Long and Dane Bora preparing to cover the event

Council candidate Harold Weitzberg yucks it up with CMPD Sergeant Tim Starn - former A.B.L.E Commander

Costa Mesa Sanitary District President Bob Ooten, OC MarketPlace honcho Jeff Teller, Council Candidate John Stephens and Newport Mesa Unified School District Trustee Katrina Foley

Former Police Chief Roger Neth chats with current chief Tom Gazsi
More artwork.  Look closely at these images.
Honorees chowing down
CMTV interviewing Chief Tom Gazsi
Police Aides
John Stephens holds forth with Chamber President Larry Weichman and former council members Arlene Shafer and Mary Hornbuckle
CMPD's Kelly Vucinic, activists Cindy Brenneman and Sue Lester with Harold Weitzberg
More honorees
Sanitary District Director Jim Ferryman with Dane Bora

More chow

Brad Long on the job

City CEO Tom Hatch

United Neighbors Paul and Diane Hill with Ooten
Council candidates John Stephens and Sandy Genis
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor lost in thought
More honorees
Sergeant Vic Bakkila with Diane Hill
Sanitary District Director Jim Fitzpatrick and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer
 Councilmember Wendy Leece
Fitzpatrick enjoying dessert
Katrina Foley and fellow NMUSD Trustee Dave Brooks
Yes, indeed.  Thank you to all the members of the Costa Mesa Public Safety organizations for their tireless efforts to keep our city safe.  And thanks to the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce for hosting this wonderful event.

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Anonymous 9, 10.. you're out. said...

The cop looks like he's thinking about knocking Fatspatric on his ass.

10/04/2012 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous roadie said...

Wow Geoff - you sure draw some strange comments here. Great friends you seem to have with comments like this one from "9, 10.. you're out"


I am embarrassed for you and your committment to free speach on your blog.

10/04/2012 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Fitzy Jenny Craig said...

Why was Napoleon Righeimer even at the event when he's done everything possible to villify and attack our public safety people?

His policies have helped increase crime in Costa Mesa.

What's next- a talk by Mensy on why there should be more fake badges and less sworn officers?

Or maybe Monasham can do a talk on "How to increase profits when an employee dies."

Or Fitzpatrick: "Eating your way to fame and fortune while your wife does the heavy lifting."

10/05/2012 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Sheyland said...

Geoff WE were wondering if you have contacted the pilot to ask why the remaining Phil Lesh commentary has yet to be removed from their website?

10/05/2012 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous S-Kelevra said...

Nice to see Righeimer and Fitzpatrick "honoring" those they hate. How hypocritical of them. I'm guessing they showed up for the free food.

10/05/2012 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Gooff, great shots. Looked like a lot of fun.

I got a laugh outta the one of Fitzpatrick also. Funny!

Iam glad it turned out well. We do appreciate our safety personnel. We have the best!

Thanks for all you do"

10/05/2012 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Actually, my quick search shows four (4) commentaries by "Phil Lesh" still in their archives. Good question - one that should be directed to the good folks at the Pilot.

I'm still trying to get Monahan to confirm the explanation I have for the duplicate commentaries involving him.

10/05/2012 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous hypocrisy knows no bounds said...

Hey roadie, nobody said he should or would do that. Just an interesting picture for a couple reasons.
I think the point you're missing and what is really the embarrassment here is the hypocrisy of of Righeimer and his boot licking "roadie" politicking among the people who put their lives and health on the line every day in Costa Mesa after their comments and actions against the CMPD.

10/05/2012 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Go Fitzy said...

Fitzy, you are getting to them. Many important issues in the city and they are so angry with you that they focus on you sharing an ice cream with a cop.

No one talks about the old angry stalker Geoff West. How creepy. How sad.

Someone should stalk West. The current people in positions of influence do not give him the time of day. West would only have his picture taken with the lunatic fringe or people about to lose their election.

West's actions lack any dignity on growing old. This is a great example of how not to grow old and angry.

Go Fitzy. Keep going.

10/05/2012 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Salute U guys! said...

just wondering, they are indeed the best. Inspite of what Righeimer, Mensinger, Fitzpatrick and the other cop and firefighter haters say we do have the best.

I remember at a forum they tried to trap Wendy with some assinine attempt asking her why are they the best.

Just for what they do everyday in service for us I have no problem at all saying or supporting Costa Mesa has the best. I have no problem when Irvine or Newport residents say they have the best.

Every cop or fireman that does this job, where at any minute their life could be on the line, where they involve themselves with the community through education and charity, is the VERY BEST no matter what city they work for.

Why on earth would anyone question someone else saying they have the best? Shows you more about their character really.

God bless CMPD CMFD and the General Employees too. For what they have had to put up with the last couple of years they are indeed showing they are the best.

10/05/2012 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

"Go Fitzy. Keep going."

Yeah, keep on going out the door and over to the employment office..

If West is angry, maybe it's because he's sick of seeing his city attacked by a bunch of greedy slackers.

10/05/2012 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous honeyman said...

To: Go Fitzy,

Take another look at the picture. In no way is Fitzy "sharing" that ice cream with the cop. To me, it looks like he is stuffing in his fat face like he is in a race with Kobayashi on July 4th. That, or he is afaraid the big bad man with the gun will take his precious ice cream bar away.

Geoff, was that his third or fourth?

10/05/2012 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous robutto said...

what a bunch of haters. enjoy your last month of fantasyland. the absolute weirdest group of posters on any blog.

10/05/2012 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Twinkie Defense said...

I heard the ice cream was Twinkie flavored, that's why he's going to town on that thing.

10/05/2012 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Master Guns said...

Robutto, Hate is a strong word. I woudnt be so confident, my friend. Things might not shape up as you hope. We all know what the numbers look like. People are coming on here and, yes, they are bashing Fitzy. Some appropriate, some not. Lets be honest, the guy sets himself up for it. He pulls the Eddie Haskell schtick every chance he gets. Yeah, I get his loyalty, I get he supports his buddies, but it's sappy, bordering on man crush at times. You guys get your wittle feelings hurt over some banter by those blowing off steam. You wouldn't last a minute in my beloved Corps. The hazing and $&@£ talking that goes on is harsh to outsiders. And that is by your buddies.

Stop trying to predict the outcome, especially with confidence of your position. It's going to be a horse race, and I suspect your side has some nasty tricks left to play. You certainly don't like to play with facts. At best you use fact based distortions. Stop the high and mighty routine.

10/05/2012 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Bever was just on channel 9 news, re closing the soup kitchens. Do you wanna bet that Mensinger comes to the rescue right before the election?

10/05/2012 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous No Soup For You said...

Apparently the Bev didn't realize that it's not just the homeless that visit and use the soup kitchens. There is a large amount of seniors and low income families that are depending on these places for survival. Good job Bever, you A-hole.

10/05/2012 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan (man of few words, sometimes) said...

Anybody notice that the concentration on Fitzy has taken away any recent serious critiquing of Monahan, Mensinger, and McCarthy? Have they secretly shaken their Etch-A-Sketchs and become choir boys?

10/05/2012 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNutt said...

Tom -

The Beve is feeling the spotlight's harsh glare as well right now, deservedly so. Look up tool in the dictionary, and you know what picture you'll see. Can't believe that guy ever got elected to any office higher than janitor.

10/05/2012 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Overpriced Diet Cokes said...

Here's how it's going down, Riggy is sipping his overpriced diet cokes out of a jewel encrusted goblet up above Gary's gin joint, when he has an idea--get the village idiot of a Mayor to come out an denounce the local soup kitchens and stir up the hornets nest. Enter Gary and Mensy to come out and say that we as a community need these places and we'll continue to work for you. Now vote for us. It's all staged and predetermined. Vote No on 3M's.

10/07/2012 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous MemoryCard said...

Just another set-up like brick, paint,non-DUI.

10/07/2012 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Supplication said...

Bever's custom kneepads say "Jimbo" on them.

10/07/2012 10:50:00 AM  

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