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State of the City: Many Signs Of Progress
Good afternoon, it is my pleasure to present to you the city’s State of the City Address. On behalf of the entire city council we would like to with you a Happy New Year. Jack Canfield said, “By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you've achieved - and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses - you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.” Let us take a few moments to reflect on the accomplishments of 2014 as we move into the New Year.
The long awaited $5.8 million Downtown Streetscape Project began during the summer of 2014. The City continues to work very hard to interact with the business and residential community before and during construction in order to minimize the disruption. In addition, the Council has provided free two and four hour parking as a goodwill gesture to shoppers. The Council will consider whether or not to continue this for the duration of the construction at today’s meeting. Once the project is complete toward the end of the year, we look forward to continuing this public private partnership with the Downtown Village property owners and businesses.
The Downtown Village is not the only place City investments have been occurring. The Public Works Department completed $1.6 million in infrastructure improvements across the City. This includes storm drain…
LA MESA -- After more than a decade of leading the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, School Board Member Bill Baber got a heart-felt and official send-off at a recent district meeting.
Baber won a seat on the La Mesa City Council and had to give up his school board seat. Baber also led the successful term-limit effort so he is among the first group of La Mesa elected officials to know they have only 12 years of service possible in their current seats.
Baber won't be moving far as the City Council chambers are just across the street from the district offices. He joins a new council with both another new member, Guy McWhirter, and a new mayor, former City Councilman Mark Arapostathis, who defeated long-serving Art Madrid in November's election.
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department has been awarded a $21,668 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol related crime. This is important to the city of La Mesa in order to
increase protection for youth and to keep our community safe.
The grant is one of 47 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP). The grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of local police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems.
Since the ABC Grant was awarded, the La Mesa Police Department and ABC Agents have completed six Shoulder Tap Operations targeting underage drinking and those who provide alcohol to minors. These
operations consisted of undercover officers monitoring over 48 hours of alcohol sales at local businesses. Listed below are the results of the operations:
-- 36 visits were made to local businesses. 86 citizens were solicited to purchase alcohol for a minor. Of those 86 contacted, 25 were arrested for supplying alcohol to minors.
In an effort to keep our community and our youth safe, the La Mesa Police Department and ABC will continue these operations through July of 2015.
LA MESA - Last year, La Mesa sixth graders Madeline Garrett and Julianna Mullen saw a man lighting candles and praying in front of their school, Magnolia Science Academy in San Carlos. Curious, the next day they looked more closely at where he had been kneeling and for the first time noticed the memorial to Burton Wragg and Mike Suchar. They went home to Google what had happened at their school, the former Cleveland Elementary School, site of the "I Don't Like Mondays" Brenda Spencer school shootings in 1979.
After reading about the heroism of the two men who died that day, Madeline and Julianna knew that they wanted to do something to clean up and improve the area around the memorial so the community would know that the school honored what had happened there. For their Girl Scout Silver Award project the girls created a proposal for the area which they then presented to the PTA and principal. After some adjustments to their initial design they got the go ahead to work on the project.
The girls spent over 50 hours on the project, from researching drought-tolerant plants that could stand up to foot traffic, to making a landscape plan to fill the entire area. They consulted local nurseries and the Internet to decide on the best plants for the area. They made custom stepping stones with the school mascot, a comet, and the letters of the school "MSA" spelled out in colored marbles embedded in concrete. Finally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day the girls and their family and fellow Girl Scouts Taylor Lionetti and Brianna Mullen spent a day re-landscaping the area to showcase the front of their school. The girls used their own cookie proceeds to purchase the…Continue
LA MESA -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital has announced that Scott Evans, Pharm.D, MHA, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital in East San Diego County.
Evans leaves the CEO positions he held at Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. In addition to these leadership positions, he has held various roles at USC over the past 16 years, including Chief Operating Officer (2007-2012) and Director of Pharmacy (2004-2007). Combined, the two hospitals have a total of 471 beds, 3,000 employees, 1,000 physicians and an annual net revenue of $800 million.
While at Keck USC and Norris Cancer Hospitals, Evans grew top line revenue by more than 50 percent over five years, led multiple construction projects and opened four major ambulatory centers. He also revitalized and re-engaged the employee workforce through an organization-wide cultural redesign, and initiated a department-specific and balanced scorecard that measured quality and financial performance, and achieved an “A” safety rating from The Leapfrog Group.
Evans received his Master’s in Health Administration from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and is currently working towards his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree at Pepperdine University.
“Scott’s proven leadership capabilities, belief in Sharp HealthCare’s seven Pillars of Excellence and The Sharp Experience, and commitment to community service make him an ideal CEO for Sharp Grossmont Hospital,” said Dan Gross, Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare.
Evans succeeds the late Michele Tarbet, who passed away after a short illness in…
LA MESA -- On January 16, 2015 at approximately 12:05 a.m., the 7-Eleven located at 5151 70th Street, La Mesa, was robbed by a suspect armed with a knife.
The clerk was working inside the store when the suspect came into the store and brandished a knife and demanded cash. The clerk complied with the suspect’s orders. The suspect fled out of the front of the store and then ran eastbound on Alvarado Road.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 5’08” tall. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, gloves and a blue bandana covering his face.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER CADET BURKE
Area Manager’s Inspection (AMI)
Thursday, December 18th is one of the biggest days for cadets at our unit. The Area 11 manager, Commander Kenneth Liles came to inspect our unit to determine whether or not we should receive the very prestigious “Distinguished Unit” award for the year. If we do receive it, every cadet in the unit will earn the “Distinguished Unit” ribbon, the second highest in precedence possible. Key personnel (including Brass, company commanders, platoon commanders, and guides) had been hard at work every day after school and Saturdays, perfecting the march to the center of the ceremony floor and salute to Commander Liles and our special guests, Principal Barnes, and Commander Davis. Results from our score sheet came on Tuesday the 6th, and said we received “outstanding” marks on every grade, which is the highest possible.
Picture 1: Cadets from Seventh Platoon look on intently at the inspections commencing.
Picture 2: Cadet Lopes was the guide-on bearer for Bravo Company. Pictured is the ending of the ceremony where the entire battalion salutes the inspecting officer.
FOOTHILLER FEATURE: Silver Cords… What Does It Take?
When someone mentions "silver cord" to a cadet, they will assume of different things depending on their age; to a NS-1 or NS-2, they might be thinking about the prestigious Leadership Academy: a week-long boot-camp style sleep-away training held in Los Angeles, CA where the top 2% of Area 11 go to share their experiences and improve their leadership skills during…Continue
LA MESA -- The recent magnificent moons over Mt. Helix caught the careful eye of local photo buff Gary Ferguson. In addition to its beauty, the top of Mt. Helix continues to gift the community with regular events that are enhanced by the stunning venue the public shares at the top. The recent neighborhood walk and an ecumenical gathering caught the Helix vibe during the holidays and drew great crowds to the heights again.
Program Will Help Keep You Connected
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
CTAP is a state-funded program that provides free adaptive telephone equipment for people who have difficulty hearing, seeing, speaking, moving, remembering or interpreting information. Sponsored by the California Public Utilities Commission, CTAP offers free specialized phones that make it easier to hear, dial, call and stay connected. Californians who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled, blind, or who have low vision, cognitive impairments, or restricted mobility, are eligible to receive the free equipment with certification from a medical doctor, licensed audiologist, qualified state agency or a hearing aid dispenser.
Speaking at the Herrick Library will be Sandra Lambarri Johnson, CTAP outreach specialist. She will also discuss the state’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) and California Relay Service (CRS).
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. …Continue
Fun And Friendship To The Top Again
MT. HELIX -- Once more, friends of Mt. Helix started the year off with a neighborhood walk up to the scenic heights of the historic hilltop. La Mesa photo journalist Gary Junker was there to chronicle the…Continue