Meissner retiring, will work on egg car

Gregg Meissner, Stockton’s deputy community development director for planning and engineering, told me today he’s retiring on June 30.

Just last week his boss, Mike Niblock, announced his impending retirement, too.

Meissner, 58, started in Stockton on June 1, 1981 as an associate traffic engineer. He came on board a week before his now wife, Katherine, started work as a recording secretary to the Planning Commission. She’s now the city clerk – and also will be retiring at the end of June.

Meissner said he’s going to devote more time to restoring an old car. “It’s been in my garage at least for 30 years,” he said.

It’s a 1957 BMW Isetta. Knowing nothing about cars, I asked him to describe it.

“Well, you’re probably too young for ‘Mork & Mindy’ …” Meissner said. I assured him I had seen the show in reruns.

His project car, he said, is “about the size of Mork’s egg.”

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