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LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council took the last meeting of August off and might have done the same for the first time out of the blocks in September as well.
The council met Tuesday night but to say the agenda was routine was an understatement. The meeting ended in just 40 minutes, leaving those playing an early game of PBID booze bingo at home certainly sober before the adjournment was announced.
The meeting's highlight was a brief appearance by the new executive director of Helix Charter High School, Dr. Mike Lewis (pictured above), a veteran Grossmont Union High School District teacher and administrator who told the council his award-winning school continues to operate to high standards despite the financial challenges all public schools are facing. He said he is about to launch a long-range strategic planning process for the school which has about 2,500 students this year.
Lewis praised the school's renowned music and sports programs, but reminded the community that "it is all about the academics,'' at his school.
In other action, the council:
-- Took a few moments to bring attention to upcoming national disaster preparedness effort.
-- Honored retired U.S. Marine David Dickey, veteran of the year, and retired Navy Captain Will Hays, who accepted a proclamation in Dickey's absence.
All this is not to say there wasn't a few moments of politics to spice up the evening.
Jay Steiger, a challenger for the La Mesa/Spring Valley School District's board seats in November's election, stopped by to say he was chagrined to hear there were often tensions between the City Council and the school district's management. He pledged to do all he could to improve relations with the council.
Of course, the tensions Steiger was referring to are not often publicly discussed and they weren't commented on here in response by anyone on the council.
And, to make it an official meeting, Bill Jaynes, owner of All Things Bright And British (And PBID), invested his three minutes of public comment reporting on his efforts to find an alternative to the Property Based Improvement District or, as he put it, "to make sure the PBID stays dead.''
The PBID booze bingo players were undoubtedly toasting his vigilance.