A Quiet Night In Local Government

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.


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Comment by Scott H. Kidwell on September 12, 2012 at 3:02pm

Maybe our esteemed local 4th estate editor could find a little space for a summary of more substantive issues and save the silly drinking games reporting for the social and party scene beat writer?

Comment by chris shea on September 12, 2012 at 1:36pm

I believe you might be correct, Chris Lavin...

Comment by Kevin G George on September 12, 2012 at 1:12pm

Really? What a coincidence. You force me to claim independent genius.

As for your " unbiased coverage" of the meeting why not just join the PBID board and cut out the middle man?

Comment by La Mesa Today on September 12, 2012 at 12:58pm


I'm afraid I have evidence of others who pioneered this pastime long before AOL unleashed the Patch on unassuming Americans! But I digress. Perhaps it was just independent genius.

The Editor

Comment by Kevin G George on September 12, 2012 at 12:54pm

As the inventor of Council Meeting Booze Bingo I take umbrage at the usurpation of my every other Tuesday evenings entertainment.

It was invented for the benefit of the entire Council not just PBID.

The interesting part of this is that the only way anyone would know of my invention was by reading the La Mesa Patch.

I remember when the overwhelming complaint was that no one watched the meetings on TV,

 but no good deed goes unpunished.

Comment by Scott H. Kidwell on September 12, 2012 at 7:55am

Only one elected offical, Ernie Ewin, provided the required La Mesa City Policy AB1234 report for attending an outside conference that was voted in place by each of the current sitting officials in 2009. This just seems to continue an ongoing problem with this local government where adherence to written policy is a matter of personal convienience rather than a committment to fulfilling the public trust.

in as much as we have experienced 3 years of hit and miss compliance, it's time for the current policy to be revised and codified with more exacting reporting and public disclosure requirements along with stricter controls for reimbursements.

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