Progressive Icon Passes
Tonight most of my progressive - read that liberal - friends are mourning the passing earlier today of former Fountain Valley Mayor Gus Ayer, who apparently unexpectedly passed away peacefully in his sleep.
A CASUAL FRIEND
I knew Gus casually - he was a "Facebook friend" when I was on Facebook and we corresponded from time to time on issues of common interest. Even though our political views were about 180 degrees apart I admired his knowledge, political skills and his energy. I've written about him a couple times on this blog as he injected his interest and enthusiasm into Costa Mesa issues over the past couple of years. He was, like me, a portly gent of more than a few years, yet he was an avid hiker, including recent trips to the Grand Canyon and Central America.
A TENACIOUS ACTIVIST
Although there will likely be many homages to Gus, you can read three early ones HERE, HERE and HERE. And, courtesy of The Surf City Voice, you can read his final public publication, HERE, intended as a launch point for a major campaign addressing the redundancy and performance of local water agencies. It's a powerful piece and seems like an excellent exclamation point on a great career serving the interests of the public.
Condolences to his wife, Verna, and their children and all his friends on the loss of this special man. I wish I had known him better... The Huntington Beach Independent published a nice obituary about Gus Ayer HERE. He was quite a man and will be missed.