Saturday, June 18, 2011

Halecrest Appreciation Picnic A Success!

I managed to spend a couple hours today at the Halecrest Community Appreciation Picnic. Although I had to leave before things wrapped up, while I was there it seemed to be a rousing success. Reports from friends who were there through the end indicate that a good time was had by all.

Although I don't know exactly how many people attended, one
report tells me that more than 400 food plates were used. Lots of hot dogs were served, as well as many other yummy dishes in this pot luck event.


Former Parks
and Recreation Chairman Mike Brumbaugh, the organizer and host for this event, did a fine job of making sure folks were having a good time. The photo shown above captured most, but not all, of the participants at the event just before 1:00 p.m. Everyone was having a great time. Thanks to Brumbaugh and his cadre of organizers for putting this very positive, uplifting event together.

While Brumbaugh asked that politics be left at the gate along with any dogs you might have dragged along, that would have been virtually impossible. When I was there a few current elected leaders were in attendance. Katrina Foley and Wendy Leece chatted up a storm. Former Mayor Sandy Genis arrived just as I left. At least two candidates for Police Chief, Les Gogerty and Tim Starn, were there, too.

Director of Public Works, Peter N
aghavi - practically the last remaining department head left on the staff - joined the crowd and, shown here with Costa Mesa Police Association President Jason Chamness, was seen making the rounds, greeting the attendees and giving pep talks.

As I departed a covey of Costa Mesa motorcycle officers arrived following their support of the Barrett-Jackson Cruise that morning. The Costa Mesa Fire Department was also well-represented.

After I left City CEO Tom Hatch arrived with his family and, I'm told, did his best to chat with most of the folks at the picnic. It's good to know that he managed to carve out some very important time on this glorious day to visit with residents and employees in a casual, comfortable setting.

I didn't see, nor did I have any reports, of any of the male members of the City Council making an appearance. I did hear, however, that their pet spy, Jim (Mr. Green) Fitzpatrick was seen skulking around, going from tree to tree, gathering information. You'll recall that he was seen doing the same thing at the first Feet To The Fire Forum last fall - hiding behind a tree, trying to hear what some members of the CMPD were saying. (You tell me - were these two guys separated at birth?)


This turned out to be an excellent event, blessed with perfect weather, good food, camaraderie and fun. Thanks to our good neighbors of the Halecrest Community for conceiving and hosting their neighbors and city employees. They, once again, demonstrated that they actually understand what the word "community" means.

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Blogger Joe said...

Stop picking on Fitzpatrick!
He was not there to "spy"-
Riggy let him off the leash for a day and he thought he was at the dog park running free..

6/19/2011 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Joe, so you're saying he was actually sniffing those trees? :-)Arf!

6/19/2011 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger lunababy said...

I agree it was a wonderful old fashion picnic. I can't remember the last time I felt so comfortable at a community/city function.


6/19/2011 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day! Halecrest is an awesome community. As a realtor I often tell prospective buyers who do not know much about Costa Mesa about some of the great events held there. I manage to attend most of them. Instead of enjoying the picnic yesterday I was holed up in an auditorium at Cal State Fullerton from 1 to 5:30 to testify at the Redistricting Commission hearings just to be able to finally speak for two minutes. If you have not seen the preliminary new districts: we are now grouped with Los Alamitos Seal Beach, HB, NB, and Laguna Beach. Looks very gerrymandered. I went to propose a different map and link us with NW Newport, HB, FV, and Westminster who I believe we have much more in common with than Seal Beach and Laguna Beach. Hopefully they will redraw the maps.

6/19/2011 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Director Jim, thanks for the update. I didn't see you at the picnic, but I did leave early.
Thanks for the info on the redistricting meeting. I've been watching it in the media... sounds fascinating. Dana could end up competing against John Campbell.. that would be interesting, indeed. Also, Mansoor is going to have to make a decision about his residence, too. It's not over yet, but it sure is fascinating watching the lines morph..

6/19/2011 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Cops are not your Friend said...

Mike Brumbaugh nice event. But if you think the cops are your friend and are thinking about their support for a Council run then please know that they will drop you like a bad habit. Only Katrina Foley has held their interest and why is that?

6/20/2011 09:25:00 AM  

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