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La Mesa Today In Transition
LA MESA -- Six years ago, we founded La Mesa Today in a time when the news media landscape was changing rapidly. The San Diego Union-Tribune was downsizing, smaller, local papers were also in decline and TV news was struggling to produce local news content. We saw a need for a new community service.
La Mesa Today's model -- which included a mix of professionally produced journalism and contributions of stories, calendar items, photos, comments and videos from our members -- helped increase the amount of truly La Mesa-centric news, but, more importantly, gave the community a safe, civil place to manage its own information. And the community no longer had to wait for delivery of the next day's newspaper or the evening news, La Mesa Today has been able to publish news virtually anytime it happens, delivering news alerts into cell phones and home computers to an increasingly large percentage of this city.
Our motivation was not money, but public service. Our effort was driven by a desire to help local businesses and institutions that shared our goal of improving life in the Jewel of the Hills.
Today, however, La Mesa Today is in transition. Its founders are moving on to other endeavors and are seeking new, civic-minded management to keep this civil, La-Mesa centered place on the Internet vibrant and full of important and interesting information. More details on its future stewards will be shared as they become known.
For now, for the thousands of La Mesa Today members who have become accustomed to seeing your community's news front and center in this space, we encourage you to keep in touch. Keep sending in your calendar items and engaging, when so moved, in the debates of the day.
La Mesa, we believe, is in a crucial time in its history. Just 100 years old, it finds itself at the true crossroads of life as it is developing in one of America's fastest growing regions. Crisscrossed by major highways, bus lines and an improving trolley service, this community could find itself creating a new mix of small-town America (where this community's heart has always been) and a new, human-centered form of urban living (where its future may inexorably be pushed by economics and demographics.)
While circumstances are taking La Mesa Today's founders in new directions, we feel it is crucial that a town maintain its own cyber-town square. That is what La Mesa Today has endeavored to be. We thank you for allowing us to play this role in a community we called home for more than a decade. We will visit often -- both in person and on-line -- and will hope that the city's leadership can weather the fiscal challenges and growth issues while maintaining what has made La Mesa such a wonderful place to live.
Gina Garcia, Publisher
Chris Lavin, Editor
La Mesa Today