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Council Will Weigh Madrid Proposals
As the political season has approached, Madrid, who has experienced La Mesa's realpolitik like no one else, has already used his fellow council member's prickly intransigence to cast them as opposing La Mesa engaging in regional, state and national leadership, winning a designation as "All-American" for the Jewel of the Hills and had these political opponents at odds with health and church groups over the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
So on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, Madrid, who is the only announced candidate for mayor in November's race, has given his fellow council members a few more Madrid proposals to reject at political peril, including:
While none of these items are earth-shattering, they will serve, for council watchers, as a litmus test of sorts for the looming political season. It is likely that Madrid will have an opponent emerging from among the four other council members. Many in city government expect at least Dr. Mark Arapostathis to challenge his one-time political ally. A recent survey by La Mesa Today suggested there is sentiment in the community for new leadership.
But early polls don't a campaign make and clearly Madrid has a lot of experience in going to the wider community with a portfolio, one that he is polishing with recent proposals that his Madrid-weary colleagues have swatted back.
Madrid can talk to residents who, by and large, are happy with the city he has led for more than three decades and can ask of any of his opponents: What do you stand for? The answer to that question is not widely understood for any of Madrid's potential challengers.
Is being opposed to Art Madrid or being fatigued at the length of his service a political platform? If that's what November's race comes down to, don't count the old boy out.
The council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers on Allison Avenue. You can CLICK HERE to see the full agenda.