LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council doesn't often take votes on issues that are not directly within the city's control, but it made an exception Tuesday.
Mayor Art Madrid asked the council to voice its opposition to Proposition 23, a proposal on November's ballot that would roll back previous state legislation aimed at addressing environmental energy issues. The proposition, which has the support of some large energy interests, would suspend the state environmental efforts until unemployment fell decisively in this recession.
About a dozen opponents to the proposition attended Tuesday's council meeting and asked the council to join a variety of other municipalities and environmental groups in opposing the proposal.
After hearing from a long line of opponents to the ballot initiative, the council voted 3-0 with two abstensions to oppose the measure.
Vice Mayor Ruth Sterling read statements of support for the initiative from others, but said her own holdings in green companies and energy stocks required that she abstain. Council Member Ernest Ewin, while pointing out that he himself drives a hybrid Ford, also abstained, questioning whether the city council should be entering into this sort of symbolic voting.