Blog Archives

Annual Chili Cookoff 2014

We don’t care who wins but we do go for the chili. And, this year, there was lots of chili from lots of contestants. Although crowds appeared to be down from last year (I’m sure the city exaggeators will dispute this), that just mean there was more chili to go around.

The Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cookoff has grown over the years from a meager crowd of 3,000 or so, to accommodate more than 37,000 last year (this years figures aren’t in yet). This is the largest one day chili cookoff in the nation and Tustinites are justifiably proud.

There’s not just chili and beer here, either. A few years ago, they instituted a car show that has brought some of the finest classic and exotic vehicles to Main Street. We saw 57 Chevys alongside classic Karman Ghias in pristine condition and everything in between. The monthly Enderle Car Show was well advertised and, if this is a prelude, must be a great one.

Although we looked for the inevitable poltician, we actually didn’t find any – OK, we didn’t look that hard. We did see OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s tent sans Todd, who must have been out shmoozing with the other politicos in a hidden tent somewhere. No doubt many of them found their way to the judging table for the cookoff. As we all know, it’s the people’s choice that really counts. What do politicians know about chili?

Even in Our Town Tustin, security remains a priority for visitors

Even in Our Town Tustin, security remains a priority for visitors

B Street, was a respite for many from the Main Street crowds

B Street, was a respite for many from the Main Street crowds

New Cars

And New Cars

Old Cars

Old Cars

Some dogs had to work a little harder than others

Some dogs had to work a little harder than others

The usual suspects at the usual place

The usual suspects at the usual place

Long lines form at the best chili booths

Long lines form at the best chili booths

A brief clearing

A brief clearing

I coulda sworn it was the crooner himself.

I coulda sworn it was the crooner himself.

Our foothill communities were well represented

Our foothill communities were well represented

Tyron made the best chili fritos and you didn't need a ticket

Tyron made the best chili fritos and you didn’t need a ticket

 

Lives Were Touched

“Today we didn’t see a homeless person, we didn’t see a troubled youth, we didn’t see a struggling family, we didn’t see a person who was ill, we didn’t see race, we didn’t see gender, we didn’t see gay, we didn’t see straight, we didn’t see rich, we didn’t see poor, we didn’t see educated, we didn’t see uneducated, we didn’t see Democrat, we didn’t see Republican.”

communityLeave it to our own Tyron Jackson to put on a smash event for the less fortunate in our community. Jackson doesn’t separate, however. Instead, he brings the communitiy together in a way that everyone feels worth and comfort in a sometimes hostile world.

“We wanted a day where our friends and families in need could come and just enjoy themselves. Today we gave them that,” said Jackson in an email blast to his followers.

The community potluck was held at Peppertree Park where a great celebration of life took place with friends, volunteers and those in need broke bread and enjoyed each other’s company. After the event, Jackson went to several places in Orange County to serve and help his “homeless friends and families” that couldn’t make it to Tustin. Volunteers served food and handed out clothing, blankets and other essentials. Radio Station KJLH 102.3, provided music at Peppertree Park for everyone’s enjoyment.

Jackson is already planning his next event, although he hasn’t said when or where it will be held. His community of volunteers and followers will be with him, wherever he sets up camp, to help do what they do best, bring smiles to faces.

Jackson occasionally gets some feedback from those he helps. In a recent missive, he wrote, “Upon meeting with some of our homeless friends today. I ran into one who attended our community potluck. He said he had a great time and he left feeling loved. His exact words were,’You guys made me feel special and now I feel like I can get back up.”

Family2 Family3 Family10 Family12

 

“New” Chief to be Sworn In Thursday

SwearingInInvitationThere’s a new sheriff in town. OK, it’s actually a police chief and he is not so new. But, that’s OK.

Charles Celano is a 22 year veteran of Tustin Police Department. He had worked his way through virtually every job in the department and, I would have to say, knows it inside out. We don’t think Parker could have found a better replacement for Scott Jordan. Although he has been running lo-pro since his promotion to interim chief, I am sure Celano will make his own personal mark on Tustin PD and its personnel.

We have all been invited to a swearing in of the Chief and another acquaintance of mine, Paul Garaven, who will be promoted to Captain. It has been my pleasure to work with Paul who was one of the best public information officers I have ever met. I am sure Chief Celano has big things in store for him. Join us on Thursday as we with them both good luck in their new assignments.

Operation Warm Wishes a Huge Success

We admit it. Tyron Jackson is one of our heroes. We recently ran into him at our local Starbucks where he excitedly told me about his next project, Operation Warm Wishes. Here we are a few days later and Tyron reports batting a thousand. We’ll let tell you about it:

Saturday after the event-
Started my morning by delivering clothes and blankets to various organizations, shelters and to our homeless friends in need. I ended the day by treating some of our homeless friends to dinner at Wienerschnitzel. We had a great time eating chili cheese curly fries and ice cream. We laughed we encouraged each other and we reminded each other that homeless or not homeless God loves us and he has a plan for each of our lives. It was great!


I share this with you because, today happened because of your outstanding donations of food, clothing, blankets, toys and books at the Operation Warm Wishes Presents:“ I Love to Give! I Love to Read! Food and Book Drive for families and children in need!

Yesterday I was full of joy and emotion. I was trying not to cry, then I finally did. To see a person smile for the first in months, touched me. To see single dads and mom’s who walked miles to donate canned good or to get books for kids, touched me. To see students give other students hope, touched me. To see the community coming together to help and serve our friends and families in need, touched me. And because we came together! Together we made a difference.

Once again thank you to EVERYONE young and old who donated and collected food, clothing, blankets toys and books. Thank you to Starbucks Coffee for opening your doors and allowing us to hang out at the coffee shop as we helped our friends and families in need. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers! You truly touched hearts. Today a homeless friend, who attended yesterday’s event, told me that he laughed for the first time in months while playing a board game. He left feeling encouraged. Thank for touching lives.

-Tyron

Here are a few photos he shared with me:

OWW002 OWW004 OWW005 OWW011