Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rubbing Elbows With The Mayor

I noted with no small degree of amusement that new mayor, Jim Righeimer, will be holding "Meet the Mayor" gatherings around the city at which - according to the city announcement - "members of the public will be invited to ask Mayor Righeimer questions about city government and voice their concerns in a casual setting."  The first of these events will be Thursday, February 28th at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza at 353 E. 17th Street from 6 - 7:30.

A couple of observations on this move by Righeimer - who seems to continue to try to re-mold his image around town, and maybe to a broader constituency.  Could it be that he's thinking of running for another office in 2014?  Hmmmm...

First, I think this is a good idea.  A little "up close and personal" time with constituents is a gutsy move on his part.  There is always a chance that some angry folks will be taking advantage of this opportunity to get some face time with Righeimer.

Second, I've been to this venue.  I doubt they will abandon all other patrons for this event at prime meal time, so Righeimer and his constituents will likely be relegated to a dark little room at the rear of the facility.  To get there you have to walk past - practically through - the bustling kitchen area and end up in a room which has a bar and four VERY small tables.  And it is a SMALL room, so if Righeimer's posse joins him there will be scant space for residents.  "Cozy" doesn't even come close to describing that room.  If you expect to have space you'll probably have to arrive early and even then you'll probably be doing the old "chest bump" with Steve Mensinger, Jim Fitzpatrick and others.

Third, Righeimer has chosen to dive right into the bowels of the beast by making this Eastside venue his first meeting.  The folks who may choose to take him up on this opportunity to chat are probably those still pretty darn angry about the impact of the new Starbucks on 17th Street and the truly strange modifications on Broadway, that seem to actually put bicycle riders in peril instead of providing a "safe route to schools", as was the original intent.  I guess we'll see.

See you there...  I'll be the grumpy old guy shoved off into the corner...

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Anonymous leece gets a pass for hers? said...

we had a group of improvers there after the election and had about 60 or more people there. plenty of room, there are tables outside the private bar. it is a great place, you should go. then you can accurately report on it rather than speculate.

2/13/2013 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

How about reading the entire post? As I said, I've been to that venue and I know the size of that little room. And, as I also said, I intend to be there. How about you? Will you be there? How will I know you? Will you have a bag over your head as you virtually do when posting anonymous comments? Your lack of attention to detail makes me think you just might be Steve Mensinger posting this comment.

2/13/2013 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

Geoff to Troll:
"Your lack of attention to detail makes me think you just might be Steve Mensinger posting this comment."

What "attention"- like developing a substantial income separate from the spouse's?

2/13/2013 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Fun in Costa Mesa said...

The Mayor:
"Hi kids! Uncle Riggy is here to put on a show for the birthday party!"

Kid: "Uncle Riggy, why did Uncle Fitzy eat the whole cake by himself? Why did Uncle Gary drink all of Daddy's beer? Why did Uncle Stevie push my friend down on the ground for no reason?"

The Mayor:
"Go away kid, you bother me.."

2/13/2013 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Fun: *laughing so hard* Yup!

2/13/2013 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous still chucklin' said...

Fun and just wondering


Oh man, you guys are just the best, way to show them what's what!

2/13/2013 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous you should attend said...

i DID read the whole post and read where you said you would be there. i guess i should have said you SHOULD (encouragement to follow thru) attend. not sure if i will be there but will wear a bag on my head if i do as long as i can find a large enough bag. otherwise i will use one of your shirts

2/13/2013 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Brooklynn said...

Although I have not agreed with much of what our mayor has done, I do have to say he has been more than pleasant when I have spoken to him one on one. He seemed he listened to what I had to say and responded thoughtfully. This may be a good time for people to meet him in a setting that is not so combative.

2/13/2013 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

So, now they are calling themselves "improvers?" Right after I gagged, I got a kick out of Fun's comment.

2/13/2013 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous cash in council medical benefits said...

i too am fascinated by the private lives of Righeimer, Fitzpatrick, Monahan, and Mensinger. I would like to know where their income comes from, their daily caloric intake, if their spouse works, and if they are having marital problems. We need a local MSNBC here to provide this valuable input and help all of our obsessions about them. We probably are correct in linking every evil to them but proof would be much sweeter. Homeless carts? must be fitzpatricks lunch carrier, etc. keep it up . it is hilarious and also juvenile enough that my six year old gets it. hey sk

2/14/2013 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous You Ran said...

"i too am fascinated by the private lives of Righeimer, Fitzpatrick, Monahan, and Mensinger. I would like to know.."

Me too, since they want to hold public office and run the city or a special district. For example, someone who can't hold a job and lives off the earnings of their spouse might not be the best candidate where 3rd party employment issues exist. Someone who has a food or alcohol or substance issue might not be well suited for a position of responsibility.

2/14/2013 05:04:00 PM  

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