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Betrayal By The Grossmont Cuyamaca Board
By Scott Kidwell
LA MESA -- In 2012, the GCCCD board members promised to the public, taxpayers, and local workers as a promotional condition of the property tax bond measure V passage, that all contractors, regardless of worker labor affiliation, would have a fair chance to bid on the resulting work. They even sought the endorsement of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association under the same guise. Now, however, college board members Debbie Justeson, Mary Kay Rosinski, and Greg Barr are repeatedly regurgitating specious sophistry talking points to explain away their contemptuous betrayal of the voters in moving ahead with a union-favoring Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and their lock step allegiance to those who funded their elections. Sadly, it is difficult to determine whether Justeson, Rosinski, and Barr have the ignorant countenance of amorality, or the compromised souls of immorality. Neither should be acceptable to the voters.
In truth, Justeson, Rosinski, and Barr had the opportunity to be truthful during the election season of 2012 to make the full public argument that union workers provide greater value, as would I. I am disappointed to see they have so little faith that union works can stand tall and demonstrate superior work, safety, and results without an un-level playing field. Instead, they have chosen the disgusting low road of bait and switch, and are engaging in stealth crony capitalistic misappropriation of the public funds. These board members should be removed from office for dishonorable behavior as one would purge thieves, liars, robbers, and charlatans from any position of the public trust.
Scott H. Kidwell of La Mesa is a Union Electrician.
Oversight Board Retains Leadership
LA MESA -- The volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has reelected its chairman and vice chairman for 2015-2016.
Kathleen Bute of El Cajon, a financial policy and planning officer with the County of San Diego, and La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego State University professor, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, for a one-year term ending June 30, 2016.
The 11-member citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), has been meeting following the June 2006 election when East County voters approved Prop. G, a $247 million bond measure for financing improvement projects at the hospital. The Prop. G ballot measure passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two-thirds required.
ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring bond proceeds spent by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital. GHD serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers.
Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups, according to ICBOC by-laws. Sparrow is serving as a representative of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA), while Bute is serving in the seat for a committee member with finance experience. Both Bute and Sparrow joined the ICBOC in 2011.
Bute has more than 28 years of financial service experience with government agencies. She joined the County of San Diego in 1987, and has served with several County departments, including Agriculture, Weights and Measures, Purchasing and Contracting,…Continue
Man Killed Wife Days Before Killing Self
LA MESA -- An elderly La Mesa man apparently beat and smothered his wife before using prescription medicine days later to end his own life.
In its final report on the two deaths, police said that on Wednesday, October 14 officers responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue in La Mesa and found a deceased man and woman in the home. This case has been ruled a murder/suicide.
The dead have been identified as Rose M. Welch, 73 years old, and William R. Welch, 77 years old. The Welchs were husband and wife.
Police believe that Mrs. Welch was murdered by Mr. Welch. Based on the autopsy it appears that Mrs. Welch sustained multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head and was asphyxiated. Several days later Mr. Welch committed suicide by apparently overdosing on prescription medications. The Welch’s adult daughter and her boyfriend were aware of the circumstances and eventually reported the deaths to the police.
The La Mesa Police Department worked with the District Attorney’s office on this investigation and no criminal charges will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office. There will be no further information released.
LA MESA -- The talent search is on. The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is inviting talented singers and musicians to submit a video of their original song and win an opportunity to perform in front of several thousand people at the Chargers Drive XXXVII on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Deadline for submission of videos is Monday
, Nov. 2. Any style or genre of music is welcomed. Both individuals and groups can submit. Videos (no longer than six minutes in length) can be posted at a website, http://indi.com/sdblooddrive. The website is operated by Indi.com, an online video-based social network that features videos posted by talented individuals and groups who hope to be discovered.
Chargers Drive XXXVII is a day-long community-wide blood drive, considered one of the largest and longest-running single-day blood drives in the nation. Over the past 36 years, the drive has collected more than 72,000 pints of blood. In addition to blood collection, the event will feature continuous entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity for autographs from San Diego Chargers players, NFL alumni and the Charger Girls.
This year’s Chargers Drive XXXVII, presented by San Diego County Credit Union, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle South, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.
David Wellis, SDBB CEO, said one performer will be selected by Indi.com to perform at Chargers Drive XXXVII on Nov. 24. Three other performers will receive consolation cash prizes of $250, $100 and $50. “Don’t worry about video production, this contest is all about discovering local star talent,” said Wellis. “We encourage aspiring celebrities of all ages to give something back and help save a life by participating with us at this amazing, life-saving…Continue
Community Honors A Lost Friend Sunday
LA MESA, Calif. – As her friends and colleagues reminisce on life lost too early to cancer, Brenda Faye Stidum’s smile lit up every room that she entered at Waterford Terrace in La Mesa. In 2013, at the young age of 52, Brenda succumbed to cancer but not after bringing laughter and thoughtful care to so many residents in her 14 years working at senior living communities in San Diego County.
In her honor, both employees and residents will come together, donning aprons and smiles in her memory, and hold their “3rd Annual Pink Pancake Breakfast” on Sunday, Oct. 25, to raise funds for Sharp Hospice, which lovingly cared for Brenda in her final days. The event, which will be held from 7:30am to 9:30am, will also serve to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Brenda was the epitome of grace, generosity and immense strength, and we hope our annual Pink Pancake Breakfast will honor her and her legacy here at Waterford Terrace,” said Ken Rorabaugh, executive director, Waterford Terrace. “This fundraiser also allows us to thank Sharp Hospice, who cared so wonderfully for Brenda as the disease took hold. We hope our friends in the community will come out on October 25 to help us celebrate Brenda’s life.”
The suggested donation for the event is $10.00, with all proceeds going to Sharp Hospice. A raffle will also be held, with tickets offered at $5.00 each. Prizes include a gourmet dinner for four people, prepared by Waterford Terrace’s Executive Chef Joe Costa, a cruise on San Diego Bay and wonderful gift baskets provided by community partners.
For more information, or to RSVP for the pancake breakfast, please call (619) 471-1698 or…Continue
LA MESA -- There will be some scary-looking dogs at Canine Corners Dog Park in La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Regional Park from 11 am to 3 pm this Saturday, October 24. Also other dogs dressed as clowns and cowboys and princesses.
It’s the 3rd Annual “Howloween” Pooch in the Park Dog Costume Contest and Dog Rescue presented by Canine Corners Dog Park and the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa along with the Helix High Key Club which it sponsors.
The costume contest -- for small dogs, large dogs and owner/dog themes
-- begins at 11:30 am. There is no entry fee. Among the 20 vendor exhibits are 10 dog rescue groups and a Sheriff Department K-9 demonstration, said Event Chairman John Palmer.
Food and drinks will be available for sale. Pooch in the Park proceeds benefit Canine Corners, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity to help maintain the dog park. For more information, go to www.caninecornersdogpark.com.
East County Chamber Announces WILL Winners
LA MESA -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards.
Honorees included: Mara Fortin, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Carey Guthrie, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors; Molly Nocon, Noah Homes; Erica Pinto, Jamul Indian Village; Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine; Elizabeth Smith Chavez, Smith Chavez Law; Wendy Urushima-Conn, Asian Business Association; Shelly Zimmerman, San Diego Police Department.
According to Leah McIvor, 2015 event chair, a record 41 nominees were considered by the committee for the awards program, now in its 13th year. She said the recipients were honored for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business.
“All of these women, the nominees and the awardees, are very deserving of the recognition they’ve received today,” said McIvor. “They’ve had a positive impact on the local economy, and have contributed in many other ways to the greater San Diego area.”
McIvor, a La Mesa resident, is incoming 2016 board of directors chair of the 600-member San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Fortin, a former lawyer working in Las Vegas, was San Diego’s first franchise owner of a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery store in 2007. Today, she operates six stores with plans to open a seventh store in Carmel Valley in November. Her company has sponsorship partnerships Rady Children’s Hospital and Susan G. Komen of San Diego. In addition, the company supports a number of non-profits, including Cystic Fibroris Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Guthrie is serving as 2015 president of Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors…Continue
Deaths May Have Been Murder-Suicide
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department announced today that the suspicious deaths of two elderly residents is now being investigated as a possible murder suicide.
Police said that Wednesday officers responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue in La Mesa and found a deceased man and woman in the home. The scene was originally described only as suspicious, but today police were saying the case is being investigated as a murder/suicide.
The dead have been identified as Rose M. Welch, 73 years old, a victim of murder and William R. Welch, 77 years old, an apparent suicide. The Welchs were husband and wife.
Police said this is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be provided at this time.
LA MESA -- La Mesa police are investigating the suspicious deaths of two elderly people in a Wyoming Avenue home.
Police said in a press release that on Wednesday at 9:39 a.m. the La Mesa Police Department responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue, La Mesa to check on the welfare of the home owners. This request was made by adult family members who did not live at that location.
La Mesa Police Officers and Heartland Firefighters responded and found two (2) deceased elderly adults, a male and female both approximately seventy (70) years old inside the home.
La Mesa Police Detectives are currently on scene. At his time we are treating this as a death investigation with suspicious circumstances due to some traumatic injuries seen on one of the victims. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information that we can provide at this time.
There is no known or suspected immediate threat to the general public.
La Mesa Downtown Streetscape Project
During the city council meeting last night, Public Works Director Greg Humora detailed the work that will occur during the final phase of the 16 month downtown streetscape project. Humora explained the last phase of construction will include grinding asphalt street down to the original concrete street before pouring new asphalt, laying brick crosswalks and planting trees in specially designed units, called silva cells, to mitigate invasive roots from destroying streets and sidewalks. Humora stated that the street work would occur at night, allowing traffic to flow during the day.
The 5 million dollar downtown streetscape project began in late August of 2014.
The objective of the project was to revitalize and beautify the downtown area, to enhance its sense of place, to improve its status as a destination, and to solidify its identity as La Mesa’s city center. The list of improvements included: