COSTA MESA — What's your preference: handlebar or Fu Manchu? Pencil thin or thick like Tom Selleck's?
Come November, one or more of these facial hair styles might slowly emerge onto the once clean-shaven mugs of your local policymakers.
As part of a nationwide effort to "change the face of men's health," Costa Mesa councilmen and planning commissioners are participating next month in Movember, a fundraising campaign sponsored by Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Mo is slang for mustache in Australia, according to the campaign's website. And besides being an easier activity than running or walking for cancer research, it's male-centric enough to make guys pause and think about their own health.
"When you sport a mustache, especially an Irish guy like me who has a light beard and all that, someone saying, 'What's up with the cheesy mustache?' is a perfect opening for the discussion," said Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick, who survived testicular cancer shortly after college. "Mine was kind of reddish, grayish. My kids make fun of me and my wife won't kiss me."