A Story by Michele Kreinheder | Updated 06/5/2014 10:45pm
There was a small turnout for Wednesday night’s Chat-with-Pat which has to be attributed to the election being held the day before. O’Donnell should be commended for even showing up as his hoarse voice must have been due to a late night celebration for his strong position as the front runner in the 70th State Assembly Race.
O’Donnell started off by announcing the construction at what was the Boeing Plant of the Mercedes finishing plant. There were cheers all around for that good news.
Next he spoke briefly about the event Surfrider and he is presented called “Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves” on Saturday June 7 from 10 to 12. The only link I found was here to the O’Donnell sponsored Facebook page.
Next he talked about the Irish Festival that he said he was instrumental in bringing to El Dorado Park. I was confused if that was simply because he is Irish or if he actually had a hand bringing this event to the Park. It sounds like super fun with music, food, and drinks but it does come with a price tag of a $20 entry fee. It is on Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15 from 10 am to 7 pm.
O’Donnel let us know that Whaley Park is being honored with a few “firsts” of the summer season. The first Movie in the Park is a Sing-a-long of “Frozen” on June 20th at Big Whaley Park AND the 105th Season of the Long Beach Municipal Band kicks off at Little Whaley on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30. Don’t miss it, we only get two this year!
Next O’Donnell introduced a representative from our Los Altos MemorialCare center. If you are confused by Medicare they will be holding a free seminar on Saturday, June 14 at 10 am.
I would be remiss if I didn’t report the following. A regular attendee of these monthly Chat-with-Pats raised his hand to ask O’Donnell about his statements made during his write-in campaign for a third term as the 4th district councilperson that he would not to run for Assembly in 2014. Patrick said that he has never brought up his Assembly campaign at a Chat-with-Pat and he wasn’t going to start now. Heated words ensued with Patrick stating the attendee wasn’t obligated to vote for him, which led to the attendee storming out.
Lastly O’Donnell introduced the guest speaker, Gladys Kaiser from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to speak about Long Beach’s “100 days of Summer”. It is with some embarrassment that I provide this link to my YouTube video of her presentation (note to self- remember to always hold the iPhone horizontal and never, ever change positioning).
Michele “K” Kreinheder
4th District Resident/amateur reporter/local Realtor