Humora named city manager
At a closed session meeting on Jan. 18, La Mesa City Council voted to promote Greg Humora to city manager. Humora was the assistant city manager under former City Manager Yvonne Garrett, who retired at the end of December 2019.
In addition to serving as assistant city manager, Humora also led the city’s Public Works Department, most notably during the streetscape project that transformed the aging downtown Village. He started working for the city of La Mesa in 1999 as an engineering project manager.
The city did conduct a brief nationwide search for other potential candidates for the city manager position before deciding unanimously to promote Humora to the job. Humora’s salary will be determined at a meeting later this month.
County District 2 candidates forum
A forum for the candidates seeking to fill the District 2 county supervisor seat will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Murdock Elementary School in La Mesa. The forum is sponsored by the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA), along with East County Magazine.
All four candidates running for the East County seat have been invited and planned attendees include: former state Senator Joel Anderson; Poway Mayor Steve Vaus; Kenya Taylor, co-chair of the Southeastern Live Well Center Health Workgroup; and Brian Sesko, broker and general contractor. The event is at the school, located at 4354 Conrad Drive in La Mesa, begins at 5:30 p.m. with an opportunity to meet the candidates. The forum, to be facilitated by the League of Women Voters, starts at 6 p.m.
The candidates are running to succeed County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who is leaving office after 28 years because of term limits.
“The role of our supervisor is critical to our unincorporated region,” said Kathleen Hedberg, president of GMIA. “The unincorporated area does not have a city council and is governed by decisions made by the Board of Supervisors, which can have a tremendous impact on our area.”
After the forum concludes at 8 p.m., candidates for Superior Court judge seats and the 71st and 79th Assembly District have been invited for a meet-and-greet with those attending.
GMIA is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that the quality and character of the community it serves is preserved and enhanced. GMIA represents more than 7,000 residences in the area east of Bancroft Drive, south of El Cajon, generally north of state Route 94 and west of state Route 94/Jamacha Road. For more information about GMIA or to become a member, go to gmia.net.
La Mesa Woman’s Club install officers
The members of La Mesa Woman’s Club (LMWC) enjoyed a catered lunch at the clubhouse and installed the new and returning board members and welcomed many new members. Betsy Quinn and Kathy Tinsley will return as co-presidents.
“Community service is the heart of our organization,” read a press statement sent to La Mesa Courier on Jan. 13. “Volunteering is the spirit that feeds our service. The friendships that develop among our members is the bond that builds as we volunteer our service and support in our community.”
LMWC members will be delivering presents to the Bancroft School for the children that were adopted for the Holiday Gift Giving event. In November, coloring book pages and crayon packets were delivered to the Sharp-Grossmont Hospital Emergency Department. Ongoing projects include donations to Pennies for Pines, Ronald McDonald House, and magazines for Sharp-Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary. Members brought in donations for the La Mesa Thrift Shop. Next year, the members will be collecting blankets, towels and bathroom rugs for local animal shelters.
The annual card party and luncheon is scheduled for Monday, March 30, with Margie Howard-Hartman returning as chair. Proceeds will benefit the La Mesa Woman’s Club Scholarship and Philanthropy funds.
2 million ebook checkouts from county libraries
Diego County Library announced Jan. 14 that they achieved a record-breaking two million digital book checkouts in 2019. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways the library has served its community with digital services. San Diego County Library is one of 73 systems around the world – including standalone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, a digital reading platform and its app Libby.
Visit sdcl.overdrive.com/ or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.