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LA MESA -- Both Mark Arapostathis and Mayor Art Madrid were asked to sit for on-camera interviews with La Mesa Today.
Arapostathis, a current City Council member, agreed. Madrid, saying he preferred a face-to-face debate format, demurred.
The video above, filmed at O'Dunn's Fine Art gallery on La Mesa Boulevard, presents Arapostathis' life in La Mesa, his reason for running for mayor at this time and outlines his belief that his collegial, collaborative style will bring a new tone and effectiveness to the leadership of the city. He cited what he said was Madrid's negative campaigning as his reason for denying the mayor the debate format.
Arapostathis, a full-time teacher at La Mesa Arts Academy and director of the Peter Pan Jr. Theater and C. Hook Theater groups also discussed how he could balance the mayoral duties in what can look like a very full life already. Arapostathis said constant engagement in the community is a critical component of being a good mayor and that it is the engaged members of the community that make change happen.
"As the old adage goes, if you want to get something done, give it to the busy man,'' he said.
Arapostathis' opponent would not appear on camera. Madrid, for more than four decades a steward of La Mesa, has proven to have many long-time supporters who have kept him in office election after election.
In Madrid's absence, we share a letter of recommendation from Alison Drew, a local nurse who is supporting his candidacy again. The missive demonstrates aspects of Madrid's person-to-person style that he has used to build support for decades.

La Mesa Today thanks Shannon O'Dunn, proprietor of O'Dunn Fine Art at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard for use of her gallery in preparing this report.

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Comment by Gene Carpenter on November 5, 2014 at 9:26am
Vilify? No Christine. Perhaps you should have a sit down with Mr. Baber and share with him what has been said here and ask him to be brutally honest with you about your style. You don't have to tell anyone and Im sure everyone will be fine with you saying you already have and he say's your fine. Do yourself a big favor and just be bold and courageous and do it!

Congrats to all the winners!!!
Comment by Kristine Christensen Alessio on November 4, 2014 at 10:35pm

Heck if I am wrong, I am the first to admit it.  I'm an everyday citizen and quite fallible.  In the present case, I have been vilified by folks out for a political agenda.  I am just so proud of my City tonight.  Dr. A looks to be our next Mayor and Prop K passed.  

Never look for me to be quiet, I'll always be your outspoken (probably to a fault) contributor here. 

Comment by Marie McLaughlin on November 4, 2014 at 6:41pm

I would have thought individuals have a right to privacy when posting on websites such as East County Magazine or La Mesa Today.  The websites have the right to use or delete postings, but to expose the posters real names smacks of impropriety IMHO.

Comment by Gene Carpenter on November 4, 2014 at 3:09pm
I have never seen Gatabello used on this site or NextDoor, only East County Magazine. Curious stuff.

I would submit to readers that in my relatively short involvement with local politics, including LMT and other sites such as NextDoor and ECM, I have seen that Ms Alessio is simply incapable of admitting she got something wrong or made a mistake. The same pattern is evident in Mr Maxwell's communications. Rather than respond constructively, they just deflect, resort to abrasive sarcasm or, worse still, cast negative connotations onto those who point out the inevitable gaffes and lapses that are part of any campaign. What they never do is take responsibility.

How can La Mesa have an adult dialogue on the issues, if "my way or the highway" are the only terms?
Comment by Kristine Christensen Alessio on November 4, 2014 at 2:18pm

Additionally, I would have to be an complete fool to think posting under the name Gattobello was anonymous.  Anyone with the capability of doing a Google search under Gattobello would come up with my cat related website with my name all over it.  So stop this ridiculous notion that I post anonymously.  I want people to know it's me!

Comment by Kristine Christensen Alessio on November 4, 2014 at 2:15pm

I wasn't asked to stop posting anonymously.  Not be Mr. Lavin because I have never posted anonymously and not by you.  You managed to get a message to Mr. Maxwell, but never asked me directly.  That's the difference.  

You claim to be a journalist and in favor of free press and transparency, but your actions show otherwise.  Too bad, I have always liked East County Magazine.    I wasn't the one who threatened you with libel. You threatened me. 

Comment by MG Raftery on November 4, 2014 at 1:34pm

We were not aware Gattobello was Kristine's pseudonym until it was brought to our attention by a reader. We emailed her through two email addresses, one of which bounced due to a misspelling, and also posted a notice on our site and notified her through Craig. She acknowledged receiving our request and complied with our request to post under her name.  So to say we didn't notify her is not accurate.  We do appreciate her posting under her real name now on political issues, and Kristine like all readers is free to post comments on issues that are not political or in which the poster has no vested interest. Hope that clarifies the situation, and I won't be cluttering LM Today's site with further remarks; the facts are clear. Kristine, to suggest defamation when you started this issue by claiming, incorrectly, that you were never asked to stop posting anonymously at two sites, when you were asked to do so at both, did necessitate clarification.  Don't attack the messengers for posting clarifications after you misrepresented the efforts of two editors to assure transparency in posts about local La Mesa elections, which all readers should want to see.

Comment by Kristine Christensen Alessio on November 4, 2014 at 11:11am

No retraction.  But, you are certainly defaming me!  I posted many times under Gattobello over the past year or more, mostly on environmental issues and usually signed my name under it.  You never emailed me and told me not to.

 As I said in my comment, I almost always posted with my name under gattobello.  Both on political issues and environmental issues.  I had a long history of doing so.  Second fact, you never emailed me.  I have the email that you send to Mr. Maxwell saying you could not reach me by email and asking him to remind me to sign my posts!  If you post my email make sure you include the fact that it apparently "bounced" back to you and you were unable to reach me!  I of course, upon being notified by Mr. Maxwell that you wanted me to sign my name to political comments, happily complied.  Your legal threats are unfounded and your continued defamation of me is really disappointing.  

Comment by MG Raftery on November 3, 2014 at 8:07pm

Kristine - I must correct your memory. In fact you did post under a pseudonym on our site to criticize a candidate in a La Mesa race.  I removed the post and DID email you privately to ask that when posting on politics, you post under your real name as we don't allow politicians to attack each other with false names.  You later re-posted with your real name at the bottom of the Gattobello user name.  It's libel to call me a liar, or Kristin on this point. Please retract  your statement claiming I never had to tell you to post under your real name, since in fact, I did--and I have the emails to and from Kristine to prove it. - Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

Comment by Kristine Christensen Alessio on November 3, 2014 at 1:20pm

More lies Kristin.   Never attacked you, the Mayor (although he certainly attacked me) or anyone else. Not my style.  

The editors of ECM and LMT never had to tell me to post under my real name.  More lies. Never posted under Dino Cowell (except once when I used my daughter's comsputer and even then I reposted the same thing as me) and my Gattobello posts ECM were almost always signed by me.  

Fairness is what matter to me and doing a good job representing La Mesans. So go ahead and proceed with your deception.  I don't back down, I defend myself the way I would defend any citizen who was the subject of malicious statements, with truth.

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