After The Election, Routine Returns
LA MESA -- It was the calm after the storm.
The City Council gathered for the first time since the election redrew the lines on the local political map, but the business was routine and the news was tension free and largely good.
Revenues continue to improve as sales tax takes climb back from the Great Recession lows, the finance people report.
City investments continue to grow as market conditions remain favorable.
Crime rates -- particularly property crimes and robberies -- are down about 10 percent, Chief Ed Aceves reports, though there was a bit of an ominous warning.
The voters passage of Proposition 47, which reclassified a variety of crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, promise to release a number of prisoners and could ultimately challenge police efforts to reduce crime, Aceves warns.
- John Vigil, the former banker who now heads the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, came in to thank in prose the many police and city officials who he credited with helping this year's Oktoberfest to its success.
- The City Attorney noted that the passage of the Term Limit and City Clerk propositions will not require formal adoption by the council. Once the results are certified by the Registrar of Voters, the propositions simply become law. City officials also promised continued action to close down any marijuana dispensaries operating in the city as Proposition J, which would have set out plans for such establishments, was soundly defeated by the voters.
- And among a series of items brought forth by departing council member Ernie Ewin was the fact that La Mesa's official ethics policy is simply the Gold Rule -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you. "Is that adequate for a city ethics policy?'' Ewin asked in a question directed to the new council to come.
- After "dark years" seeking a new location, the La Mesa Lamplighter's Community Theatre has returned in a new location at Amaya and Severin Drive and will launch its first show -- Same Time Next Year -- this month. Check it out here.