Meeting The Mayor - I Tried!
Well, you can't say I didn't give it the old college try. Tonight, beginning just a few minutes ago at 6:00 p.m. Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer held his inaugural "Meet the Mayor" event at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza store on 17th Street - about a mile from my home.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
I arrived just before 6 and found every parking spot occupied! On the way in I noticed several of the "usual suspects" - folks who spend a lot of their time snuggled-up to Righeimer and his buddy, Steve Mensinger - entering the store. In the parking lot, as I circled looking for a slot, I thought I saw Mensinger's vehicle, too.
TINY VENUE, LOTS OF PEOPLE
Since I know the venue - a small room at the back of the restaurant which you reach by walking past the kitchen - it seemed futile to attempt to find a parking spot across the street somewhere and take my life in my hands crossing 17th Street to reach what would most likely turn out to be a strained situation. So, I left.
HOPING FOR A REPORT
I assume - nasty word, that one - that this event will be viewed as a success. I just hope that some of the Costa Mesa residents who don't normally interact with Righeimer were able to find a parking spot so they can ask questions and get answers. Perhaps some enterprising reporter will show up and provide us with a view of the event. For those of you just getting home from work, there's still time for you to attend - the event is scheduled to run until 7:30.