LA MESA – The La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission, a new advisory board to the La Mesa City Council, met Monday night and demonstrated a willingness to look into its own operation for efficiencies and reductions in environmental impact.
The organization agreed to investigate comingling its annual Environmental Awareness Festival with the established Kid’s Care Fest co-sponsored by the City of La Mesa and the Grossmont Health Care District. Such a move would allow two smaller events to form a larger one but reduce the amount of event preparation and management required for two separate events at two different locations.
The combined event would occur September 25th at Briercrest Park on Wakarusa Street near the Grossmont Hospital property and could reduce the amount of site management and preparation having events at separate city parks on the same day would require. Presumably, the combined event would bring a larger audience to both subjects – health and the environment.
The commissioners also agreed to ask the city’s Youth Advisory Council to begin distributing reusable shopping bags at the Friday Farmer’s Market in La Mesa when the bags arrive in March. The bags are intended to encourage people to refuse paper or plastic in favor of re-useable. About 1,000 bags will be available for distribution at the Farmer’s Market while Albertson’s Super Markets, a partner in the project, will distribute 5,000 of the bags at their stores during the same time period, city officials said.
The Sustainability Commission also will ask the City Council to allow its members to support city plans to create a community garden on two acres of land across the street from Maryland Elementary School.