Peace And Brevity Reign

LA MESA -- It was as if the holidays and the season of goodwill started early this year. The City Council met and handled an agenda so routine and uneventful that the whole meeting was over in little more than an hour.

No sniping. No big criticisms from any direction. And save for a little jabbing between Mayor Art Madrid and Councilman Ernie Ewin, one might jump to the conclusion that this had become a functional family.

In fact, the most newsworthy element of this love fest was injected by Jim Newland, president elect of the La Mesa Historical Society, who threw up an early flare that a study making its way through the Community Development labyrinth looks like it could end up recommending the destruction of the historic Spring House in Collier Park.

Newland said an Environmental Impact Report being developed as part of the park master plan seemed to imply that the Spring House -- could be torn down and replaced with interpretive panels explaining the significance of the site.

Newland said the structure dates back to 1907 when the spring, which still flows at the site, was enclosed with the intention of bottling the water. The wooden structure still stands and is sturdier than it looks, Newland said. He used his three minutes before council Tuesday evening to begin lobbying to at least "mothball" the structure if funds for restoration are not available now.

Council could take no official action on the issue because it hadn't been placed on the agenda, but following the meeting Newland was receiving supportive comments from several of the council members.

The council also had a rare visit from a sitting County Supervisor as Ron Roberts (photo above) stopped by to promote a new smart phone APP (right) the county has developed to guide emergency preparations and to help make it easier for emergency officials to circulate the latest information available during any emergencies.

Information on the free APP can be found at

The council also took a moment to acknowledge Kristine Alessio, the new council member elect, who will be sworn into her first four-year term at the first meeting in December.

Council member Dave Allan will be leaving the council after 12 years of service and the community is planning a cake and departing words for him at that meeting. Allan chose not to seek re-election and Alessio and Councilwoman Ruth Sterling were the two top vote getters in a five person field in this month's election.








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