You Can't Make This Stuff Up!
Just when you think the Costa Mesa political drama can't get any stranger, all of a sudden some new event disproves the theory. Today, for example.
A CUPPA JOE...
As I understand the facts, Katrina Foley and John Stephens were having a cup of coffee and discussing the election at a local Starbucks before heading up to the Registrar of Voters headquarters in Santa Ana to see how the counting of absentee and provisional ballot was going.
They saw Jim Righeimer, also apparently in need of caffeine fortification - or maybe a Diet Coke, I don't know - so they all exchanged pleasantries. I use that word guardedly, since there has been no small degree of friction between Foley and Righeimer for months - years, actually. Then they went their separate ways.
Once at the ROV offices Foley and Stephens saw Colin McCarthy also there and also apparently to see how the vote-counting was going. He apparently called in reinforcements because he feared superior numbers on Foley/Stephens part might somehow influence the Registrar's staff to miscount ballots! Shortly a squad of fifteen or so zealots arrived.
"OUR" GANG ARRIVES
Seeing them arrive, Foley sent out HER alert and very soon thereafter about 30 folks supporting Stephens showed up... sounds like a scene straight out of Westside Story, for goodness sake! For dramatic purposes I'd like to tell you there was rancor and jostling between the factions - but I can't, darn it! Everyone apparently behaved appropriately, although not without more than their fair share of paranoia.
Finally, after a goodly amount of time passed, one of each faction actually spoke with the other and determined that neither group was there for nefarious purposes, so they all decamped the ROV headquarters and went their separate ways, leaving Neal Kelley and his crack team alone to do the job.
NO CAMERA OR MICROPHONE GOES UNLOVED!
A sidebar - Righeimer was on the radio with Bill Carroll on KFI 640 AM immediately after that - he must have been sitting in the parking lot - crying the blues about his bogus Charter scheme going down in flames. He blamed it on the hundreds of thousands of "union dollars" that were used to fight his plan to takeover the city. We all have known that he's a loser, but now we know he's a BAD loser, to boot.
So, now I guess we just sit and wait for the final vote counts from the Registrar of Voters. That probably won't be available until later this week, or maybe next week. In the meantime, don't blink because the players in our political theater will very likely come up with some new wrinkle to keep us busy. Geez!...