131 Suggestions For A Better La Mesa

Second of a two-part report on the La Mesa Today Voter Survey 2014.

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Today 2014 Voter Survey also asked respondents an open-ended question of what could be done to improve La Mesa.
The responses -- all 131 of them -- ranged from the thoughtful and inspired to the occasional untethered and rambling.
"Ask what is your cultural mission?'' one respondent asks. "Is it really a beer feast, or is it Art, Books, good food? What original experience does La Mesa desire to convey to visitors who may be first time shoppers?"

Another survey taker simply interjected "Marijuana shop!''

There were themes among the comments. Fatigue with the public bickering among City Council members and concern for the ubiquity of the homeless and concern for the lack of programs addressing the homeless problem. There were worries about the proliferation of offices in the Village retail areas. And a desire for focus on areas other than the downtown Village as well. The El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue corridors need help several said.

But for the most part, despite its anonymity, this "Town Hall" section of the La Mesa Today survey revealed a deep well of care, concern and civil ideas for improving a city that most respondents had expressed general satisfaction with in other areas of the poll.

To read the full, unedited comments submitted CLICK HERE.

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Comment by Bill Jaynes on March 27, 2014 at 3:06pm
Hi Chris,

Thank you for this two-parter, and providing a forum for us to address our concerns. I just downloaded the survey responses and am heartened to see that it took a full 36 minutes for someone to identify "All Things Bright & British" as the ill that plagues us so.

Who knows? If my stats continue to improve at this pace, perhaps 2014 La Mesan of the Year is within reach after all!

Bill Jaynes
ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BRITISH
8401 La Mesa Blvd.
619 808 7049
Comment by Barbara Lawrence on March 19, 2014 at 2:53pm
I echo what Pat said.
The suggestion to close the street during the farmer's market is excellent. That's what OB does, and it encourages foot traffic and a community feel.
I'd like to see panhandler's stopped as well. Whoever put sharps rocks on the median and La Mesa Blvd and Grossmont Blvd--that was brilliant. I'd like to see panhandling ended throughout San Diego as it makes the city look terrible.
Comment by Pat Karlsgodt on March 19, 2014 at 9:32am
I just want to say thank you to La Mesa Today for giving us a vessel to express our opinions and views of La Mesa'a current condition. It has been needed for a very long time. Now, let's challenge the Mayor, City Council, Police, and City Development to read these comments, AND each act on at least one of the issues pertaining to them.

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