I'm turning this into a separate topic because I am flat-out appalled. Those who've met me know that I'm hardly a paragon of propriety, but then again, I'm not the mayor. (I wanted to write that last clause in all-caps with a thousand exclamation points, but I managed to control myself.)
What disgusts me here isn't just the poor impulse control; again, I'm not one to talk. But the fact that the mayor feels so confident in his status that he can just flip off a citizen with a camera -- now that speaks volumes. That suggests a man who doesn't care what the voters think, because the photographer was Ren, for pete's sake -- the Weegee, Bill Cunningham, and Ansel Adams of Pomona, the man whose photos always get seen by the community.
I can't help but interpret the mayor's insulting gesture as an indication that he thinks his re-election is in the bag. Let's show him he's wrong.