Venezia: Foley will find a changed council

April 02, 2014|By Barbara Venezia
  • Barbara Venezia, a columnist for the Daily Pilot.
Barbara Venezia, a columnist for the Daily Pilot. (Photo by Damion…)

Over the decades I've had many interesting careers.

I've been a hairdresser, worked in New York City's garment center and briefly had a gig as a showroom shoe model — until I fell off a pair of platforms in front of a Macy's buyer.

I've managed a rock 'n' roll club and cooked up laughs on a comedy cooking show.

And though I've enjoyed each crazy chapter, including this one as a columnist, I've never had a hankering to return to any of them.

Once I'm done, I'm done.

Apparently that isn't the case for Katrina Foley, former Costa Mesa councilwoman turned Newport-Mesa schools trustee turned council candidate.

I remember when Foley stepped down in 2010, midway through her second council term, to take a seat on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education.

The move surprised many political watchers, including me.

Since she's been off the council, politics in Costa Mesa certainly has heated up.


Is she crazy to want back in?

I asked her if she's had any recent head injuries.

She laughed and assured me she hadn't. Her reason for wanting to return to the council is the number of people who've asked her to.

"I have had so many people in the last year pleading with me to run for council, and my school board term is up," she says.

At this point Foley believes she can do more as a parent advocate than as a school board member, and the city could use "a little balance."

Ya think?

My conversations with Foley have always been lively.

When I called to discuss her run and appearing at the Feet to the Fire forum Sept. 18 dealing with that race, it was no different.

She joked that I should stop urging Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi to quit his job and also run for council.

"We need him as chief, though I would love to have him as a running mate," she says.

Kidding aside, Foley has strong feelings about staffing levels at the Costa Mesa Police Department since her home and a neighbor's were burglarized last year.

She told me when her neighbors were burgled, the cops took two hours to respond, since they were already dealing with two auto accidents.

In that same time frame other homes were hit as well, she says.

She speculates that if there had been more police on patrol that night, this wouldn't have happened.

During this campaign season, the subject of the city's 60th anniversary debacle — the party went over budget and city policies were not followed in the rush to put on the street party — will certainly come up.

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