Costa Mesa has gone softer than a kitten wearing cashmere.
Last weekend, Councilman Eric Bever reported at a press conference that he felt intimated after a "chilling" encounter with Costa Mesa police officers.
From the Pilot's headline — "Bever alleges police intimidation" — I imagined the councilman being slammed into a wall of a dark alley by rogue cops who wedge a billy club under his neck and warn in menacing tones, "Listen, pal. Stop supporting that Righeimer for council or you'll find yourself swimming with the fishes. Capeche?"
My scenario was a little off.
Bever's spine-tingling run-in with the police happened as he and Chris Eric were putting up campaign signs near West 17th Street and Superior Avenue for council candidate Jim Righeimer, who has vowed to trim police pay and pensions if elected.
The intimidation began, according to Bever and Eric, when a squad car drove by three times, the officers apparently displeased with the posting of signs.