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LA MESA -- In an otherwise uneventful and blissfully short City Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to fund La Mesa's return to full membership in the East County Economic Development Council.
The vote was a victory for Councilman Ernie Ewin who had championed La Mesa's return after dropping out of the organization several years ago.
At the time it left, Mayor Art Madrid questioned whether the organization delivered measurable return on the city's investment. Membership costs the city $3,000 per year.
Over the last two council meetings, members of the ECEDC (see photo above) addressed city officials and reviewed detailed plans for promoting business expansion, attracting new business and championing plans to expand economic development around Gillespie Field, the small airport in El Cajon that local officials are targeting for an "aerotropolis" development effort that could benefit all of East County.
The proposal to rejoin the ECEDC was approved 5-0, but not without Madrid and Ewin exchanging a few subtle political punches and counter-punches.
Madrid took the opportunity of the plaintiff ECEDC management's presentation to ask if they would support a La Mesa effort to win "All-American City" designation for the city.
Of course they would was the answer.
Ewin then informed the ECEDC staff that, in fact, the council had already voted against seeking the designation, but the mayor is pursuing the effort without other groups within the city.
In the end, a quiet reminder that this is an election year.
The council also approved a proclamation proclaiming March as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month and encouraged citizens to dispose of old and out-of-date medicines properly. (see photo below)