COSTA MESA : Patrons Plan Dance to Pay Debt to City


The Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse Patrons Assn., which owes the city more than $2,000, has scheduled a fund-raising dance on Friday.

Association Vice President Hugo Hunziker said he wants to finish paying the debt, which ran up to $3,183 when the association rented a room at the Civic Center in 1991 to hold bingo games. Attendance at the games dwindled after the city passed a no-smoking ordinance, and the bingo games were finally canceled.

The City Council in December accepted a $1,000 check from Hunziker, and he paid another $100 in January. Hunziker told the council he would make monthly payments, and recently added that he would like to pay it all off at once.


Assistant Director of Finance Marcus D. Davis said the association owes $2,083, and said the monthly payments are all the city is demanding. Hunziker said about $600 has been raised, leaving roughly $1,400 as the goal for the fund-raiser.

The association will host the Friday dance at the Senior Center, 695 W. 19th St., with a theme of “The Roaring Twenties.” Admission will be $15, or $12 with a period costume. Tickets are available at the playhouse. Call (714) 650-5269.