That commotion on Main Street late Wednesday afternoon was just a typical day for Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for governor.
Whitman rolled into Pleasanton just before 5 p.m. in her big green bus, the "Take Back Sac Express," with huge lettering promising "Jobs are on the way."
Surrounded by TV cameras and well-wishers, Whitman ordered pizza, then went table to table, shaking hands and posing for pictures, joking and smiling all the while. If the crowd's reaction is any indication, she's a hit in Pleasanton.
Afterwards, she held a short press conference, answering questions about her ads, her maid and her polls, issues that political analysts say puts her slightly behind her Democrat challenger, California's Atty. General Jerry Brown.
"I stand by all the media," Whitman said in answer to a question about what's been dubbed her "shock and awe" campaign, in which she recently portrayed Brown as a puppet controlled by unions.
She's already outspent Brown by more than 10 to one and has recently begun an advertising blitz, running more than 1,000 ads a day. She's spent more of her own money on the campaign than anyone in history.
Whitman deflected a question about her maid, who was fired after it was discovered she was an undocumented worker.
"I oppose the Arizona law," she said in response to the question. That law allows police to detain people suspected of being illegal immigrants.
"There are lots of polls," Whitman said in answer to a question about a recent survey that put Brown ahead. "Some are going to show me ahead, some are going to show him ahead."
She noted that Brown has been stuck at 45% in the polls, adding, "The independents are going to decide this race."
She said her campaign is about jobs, education and wasteful spending.
"I think the voters of California want to know who's going to be better at creating jobs, who's going to be better at fixing Sacramento," she said.
After the brief news conference, Whitman stopped to shake more hands before getting back on the bus, heading to her next stop.