COSTA MESA — Members and supporters of the Costa Mesa Police Assn. showed up en masse at this week's City Council meeting in hopes of finding support for their contract positions in difficult budgetary times.
Filling the council chambers, they appeared as a sea of white T-shirts that read, "I support public safety" in capital letters.
"In honor of this holiday, I wanted to recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices for all those who give their lives to public safety," Officer Allen Rieckhof, the association president, said Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. "This is especially important because Sept. 11 is right around the corner. Sept. 11 is a fitting reminder of how important it is to honor those who hear shots being fired and run towards the shots rather than away."