City Opens Its Books Permanently

LA MESA -- Amid an otherwise long but routine meeting, the City of La Mesa took a large step into the direction of more open government Tuesday.
The city's Finance Department unveiled a new computer program that will allow the public to watch city spending in virtual real time.
Called "OpenGov,'' the system literally opens the city's books, showing revenues and expenses unfold across the multi-million dollar budget.
While the information is not expected to draw regular attention from the rank and file voter at all times, it was clear that this level of transparency was appreciated by elected officials who often have to wait for quarterly reports and department analyses to understand how city operations are moving along.
"I really love it,'' City Council member Kristine Alessio said.

This new service is readily available on the city's website and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE or on the graphic above.

In other action, the council members interviewed candidates for the city's Youth Commission. This event each year restores the faith in the future of La Mesa youth as one after another accomplished, overbooked and civically involved young people list resumes and grade point averages that exceed virtually all in the room. And they are still teenagers. The council will decide at its next meeting which of the applicants will serve on the advisory board.

The council also heard an appeal from a Planning Commission decision that would have allowed an Arrieta Circle homeowner add a rooftop deck to his home. The council members appeared poised to approve the project, but voted to delay the decision to its first October meeting to allow upset neighbors to clarify some legal points in the process.

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