Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Thursday Evening Will Be Very Busy

It's going to be a busy evening in Costa Mesa tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th. There are three events that will stretch your allegiances since they are all being conducted simultaneously. So, you have no reason to stay home, because there's a little something for everyone.



The next edition of Barbara Venezia's Feet To The Fire Forum will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 184
5 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa. (Lions Park). Venezia, as hostess, will be joined by local journalists John Canalis and Jack Wu of the Daily Pilot, former Daily Pilot publisher, Tom Johnson, now of the Orange County Register's The Current, Roger Bloom of the Newport Independent and Norberto Santana, Jr., of the Voice of OC.

Each of them will be grilling candidates for the newly-created 74th Assembly District, Allan Mansoor, Leslie Daigle and Bob Rush. Mansoor is pretending he's the incumbent, but he's not. His district was re-formed and he no longer lives within the boundaries. Daigle is a Newport Beach council member and Rush is a newly-minted Democrat who also lives in Newport Beach. I'm really interested in hearing what they have to say on issue like the 19th Street Bridge and Banning Ranch, for example.

The festivit
ies begin when the doors open at 6:30. The program starts promptly at 7:00. It should be fun.


At 6:00, in the Costa Mesa Emergency Operations Center (EOC) next door to the Police Department at 99 Fair Drive, the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex Task Force will hold another meeting to try to flesh out whether that facility should be privately operated and, if so, what it should look like. This meeting will have the third iteration of a proposal by Big League Dreams, the outside firm assigned to this project by the City Council several months ago. I've attended many of the meetings. They are always informative and "spirited", since many of the community members who are part of this task force seem unconvinced that privatization of this community asset is the way
to go.


And, for what should REALLY be a fun event, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in South Coast Plaza near Sears, there is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. This event, Tip-A-Cop, will have Costa Mesa police officers acting as waiters and waitresses and everything you tip them will be donated to the Special Olympics. The poster for this event is below. If you can't read it just click on it to make it larger. I'm sorry I'm going to be down listening to Mansoor, Daigle and Rush duke it out. This event combines great grub, a fun time and an opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause.

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Anonymous Mike M said...

Calling Jack Wu a 'journalist' is a bit of a stretch, Cauldron...columnist is fine, 'provocateur' even... but not a journalist.

4/04/2012 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous yippie! said...

how can mansoor even run for the seat if he does not live in the district as u say? Maybe u are incorrect? Are the cops getting paid at the event? Koken had some rude words in there but tamar immediately got up and praised it. OCFA would man our ststions at lower levels and that is ok with our firefighters but they claim we are understaffed now? but ok with lower if ofca? weird.

4/05/2012 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Mansoor's OLD district - the one in which he serves now - was shifted and his residence (apartment) is no longer within the boundaries. He now lives within the new 74th District.

The cops are all volunteering their time.

The OCFA proposal would close one station and provide coverage from other OCFA stations nearby. You just need to pay attention...

4/05/2012 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Other Mike said...

Yippie, I will use small words so you can follow along: the reason OCFA can come in and provide service with fewer firefighters is because they have several other stations that surround our city. So while it is true we will have fewer firefighters immediately on hand here, we will have many more at our disposal from the same agency. Seems pretty simple, no? As for your other questions, I don't know. But, my opinion? So what if some of the cops stop by that event on the clock to help out. It's charity event for Pete's sake. Give it a rest. You are being truly petty.

4/05/2012 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike M said...

Other Mike - Team Riggy only cares when money is being spent on anything BUT attorneys. Lawyers = good, Everything else = bad.

4/05/2012 09:48:00 AM  

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