A Couple Hot Potatoes For Council Meeting

LA MESA -- Council meetings prior to an election often avoid controversial subjects, the deliberation of which can be distorted by the looming plebiscite.

Not so with Tuesday's upcoming council meeting. Perhaps with only one incumbent up for re-election, it's business as usual, but the council will take on a couple of sensitive subjects.

The council agenda includes a proposal to allow production of alcohol within the city limits, clearing the way for micro-breweries and wineries that have become popular in other cities in recent years.

The proposal is supported by local merchants who would like to be able to open such establishments but is opposed by at least one local church that sees the move as promoting more alcohol consumption, which erodes the moral fabric of the community.

In addition, the city staff will also deliver a report on the elements of the Village streetscape project that could be eliminated if some form of public/private partnership is not put in place to help maintain these so-called "betterments'' in the $5-million La Mesa Boulevard re-design project.

Supporters of the proposed Property-Based Improvement District have promoted the PBID as a way of having funds in place to support these improvements for the downtown Village area. The PBID detractors, however, have criticized the $370,000 in annual assessments the PBID would raise each year from property owners when the maintenance portion alone could be much smaller. The PBID proposal also raises funds for marketing and administration in addition to the added maintenance.

The streetscape elements that could be eliminated include:

  • Stringlight and Village gateway enhancements.
  • Brick crosswalks.
  • Enhanced paving at intersections.
  • Removeable bollards.
  • Public restrooms.
  • Specially metered electrical meter for special events.
  • Electrical plug-ins at trees wells and street lights.
  • Street trees (reduced)
  • Street furnishings (reduced)
  • Irrigation improvements (reduced)



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