Huy Pham Remembrance At City Hall Monday
Five dozen or so people - employees and residents alike - gathered at the employee entrance on the east side of the Costa Mesa City Hall Monday afternoon for an unscripted memorial remembrance for Huy Pham, the young maintenance worker who leaped to his death at that very spot three years ago. They gathered around the small memorial collage created at the site to quietly share stories about their departed friend.
SOME DEPARTMENT HEADS
Council members Sandra Genis and Wendy Leece, Police Chief Tom Gazsi, Fire Chief Dan Stefano and Director of Public Services Ernesto Munoz were in attendance. Former Director of Development and Deputy CEO Peter Naghavi also attended.
OTHER STAFFERS, TOO
I saw employees from Human Resources, Public Services, Finance, Police, Fire and other departments at the gathering. I saw no representatives from the Executive Offices, although Assistant CEO Rick Francis did walk through the thinning crowd as it began to disburse.
RETIRED EMPLOYEE LEADERS
Several retired employees, including Helen Nenadal and Billy Folsom - both active in the Costa Mesa City Employees Association during their tenure as employees - chose to come honor Pham's memory.
Activists Cindy Brenneman, Sue Lester, Robin Leffler and Harold Weitzberg were among those who spoke briefly after Chief Gazsi led the assembled group in silent prayer.
I saw no members of the media present.
A DATE TO CONTEMPLATE
Labels: Billy Folsom, Cindy Brenneman, Dan Stefano, Ernesto Munoz, Harold Weitzberg, Helen Nenadal, Huy Pham, Peter Naghavi, Rick Francis, Robin Leffler, Sandra Genis, Sue Lester, Tom Gazsi, Wendy Leece