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Central La Mesa Beehive of Activity

Hmmmm, very interesting, as Arte Johnson used to say on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” ’60s comedy TV show … It seems that City Attorney Mike Aguirre has opined that La Jolla’s Parking Advisory Board must file financial disclosure forms before going ahead with efforts to install parking meters, a subject top of mind for decades. Some would say the decision targets City Council President Scott Peters, whose district includes La Jolla and who, by the way, happens to be one of Aguirre’s formidable competitors in his bid for re-election. The council rejected the need for conflict statements last month. But the ever-feisty Aguirre said no dice, state law demands it San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has praised Jack , Jack in the Box, that is , for his successful efforts in cutting back water usage 50 percent. In a face-to-face with reporters March 19, Sanders pointed out that Jack and the gang have installed satellite-guided irrigation controllers and successfully completed an “irrigation audit” performed by the city’s Water Department. Will Jack get a big head from all that attention? Equal-time provision. Mega-successful businessman and second-time-around-San-Diego-mayoral-candidate Steve Francis (who some say has been gaining ground on Sanders in private polls) says he’s backing the Mills Act, which provides special tax treatment to the city’s historic homes. City Hall apparently wants to cap the number of homes getting tax breaks. Francis says “no” Who ya gonna call? Well, La Mesa’s business district was all abuzz last week. It seems a swarm of bees arrived, en masse, as they say, and decided to park in a ficus tree in front of Cosmo’s Coffee Cafe. A quick call to Knott’s Pest Control by police officers quickly brought exterminators, who removed 200 pounds of bees. “No citizens were injured by the bees,” La Mesa police Chief Alan Lanning is quoted in a news release Ralphs has donated $25,000 to San Diego’s revamped Second Harvest Food Bank , cash that will be used to purchase food for a community distribution program. Second Harvest distributes more than 25,000 pounds of food a week to those in need countywide. But more is needed, much more. Ralphs top guy Mike Donnelly points out that 300,000 residents go hungry every night. And, this just in Steve Cushman has been named the chairman of Fleet Week San Diego for 2008. Mr. Cushman has served on more than 60 boards and commissions in his career. Cushman is vice chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, and succeeds our own illustrious associate publisher, Reo Carr, who held the position in 2007 Carlsbad’s Upper Deck Co. says it is bringing Gormiti, a European collectible figure and card game, to San Diego only for a limited time. We’re a test market, apparently, for the continental craze. Hailing from the mythical Island of Gorm, “the Gormiti represent six different tribes, each with its own special abilities and powers,” writes spokeswoman Anna Maria Mannino. Sounds like some of those rough-and-tumble teams in the NCAAs to me.


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