Volunteer of the Year 2013: Congratulations to 2013 Volunteer of the Year Maria Pankau!
Logan Jenkins commentary: Excellent commentary by Logan Jenkins in the Union Tribune on the western Mira Mesa/Sorrento Valley issue.
Jonas Salk Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony: The San Diego Unified School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Jonas Salk Elementary School on Sept. 7, 2013.
Jonas Salk Elementary School: After 32 years of delay, Jonas Salk elementary school has the approvals it needs from the School District, City of San Diego and Fish and Wildlife Service to proceed with construction. Construction started in September, 2013, and the school will open in Fall 2015. The new elementary school is located at the intersection of Parkdale and Flanders, and is being paid for by Prop. MM bond money, which has already been collected. This is the very last Prop MM project. A volunteer Design Task Force worked with the School District on the elementary school design and completed its work on November 5, 2003 (Design). The school was scheduled to open in 2006 but was delayed to satisfy U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for vernal pool/fairy shrimp preservation. The school site was graded for a school when the surrounding homes were built in 1980 (picture to right), but because of the long delay in construction, vernal pools formed on the site and the School District is being required to perform mitigation for them. The final EIR for the school can be downloaded from the school district Web site.
New Walker Park Tot Lot Play Equipment: This project is now completed and there was an opening ceremony on July 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship Winners Announced: Congratulations to the 2013 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Jennifer Luu, Kamakshi Ramanarayanan, and Zabrina Reyes. They were selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship committee based on their volunteer experience and work. Each of the three winners have worked throughout their high school years to give back to the community in many ways, while maintaining excellent grades and participating in numerous extracurricular activities. Each received a check for $1,000 at the Town Council’s June meeting.
Taste of Mira Mesa - The 8th Annual Taste of Mira Mesa was held on March 27, 2013 at Gen-Probe. Proceeds benefit ALL participating K-12 public AND private schools in the community. The event featured over 20 local restaurants who provided samples of their signature dishes, along with over 100 silent auction baskets. Click here for more details.
8TH ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR TẾT FESTIVAL 2013: The San Diego TẾT Festival, was held in Mira Mesa Community Park February 15-17, 2013.
Miss Mira Mesa: Congratulations to 2013 Miss Mira
Mesa Keshia Lee Llarenas and Miss Teen
Mira Mesa Madison Dodd! Both were selected
for the honor at the
Miss Mira Mesa/Miss Teen Mira
held on Saturday, February 2, 2013.
New Representatives: Almost all of Mira Mesa's elected representatives changed in December 2012 or January 2013.
Mira Mesa Census: SANDAG has analyzed the 2010 Census data and provided this summary of Mira Mesa demographics. The population of Mira Mesa in 2010 was 72,759.
Mayoral Candidates Forum: Candidates Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher debated at a forum at Mira Mesa High School on May 9, 2012 sponsored by the Mira Mesa Town Council and APAC. Ted Brengel has posted pictures of the event.
Mayoral Candidates with MMTC members. Photograph by Ted Brengel.
Road Repair Rally: The Mira Mesa Road Repair Rally found more than 600 potholes in Mira Mesa. These have been reported to the City and will be repaired over the next few months.
Mira Mesa High School Celebrates its Success! The California Department of Education (CDE) through a very stringent selection process has honored some of the states most inspiring public schools. Based on Academic Performance Index and federal standards Mira Mesa High School has been named a 2011 California Distinguished School and is concurrently awarded for its Exemplary Career Technical Educational Program. Only seven schools in the State of California received both of these honors. There was a celebration on Thursday, Dec 15th at 1:00pm in front of the Mira Mesa High School Administration Office off of Reagan Rd. with presentations by SDUSD Superintendent Bill Kowba, School Board representative John Lee Evans and Councilmember Carl De Maio.
Bari Vaz developed this slide presentation on redistricting that was presented at the September MMTC meeting. Due to redistricting, term limits and retirement, all of Mira Mesa's elected representatives in the City, County and State government, as well as Congress, were replaced in 2012.
Pam Stevens' book on the history of Mira Mesa in the Images of America series from Arcadia Press is now available at the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble. It is also available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Mira Mesa Living, a new community newspaper, is being distributed by community residents and businesses. If you would like to volunteer to distribute copies, or have a business where you would like to place copies of "Mira Mesa Living" for public distribution, please contact Publisher@MiraMesaLiving.com.
A group of young artists are painting the electric boxes along Mira Mesa Blvd and other areas around Mira Mesa. See pictures of their work at www.miramesa.carbonmade.com.
There is now a Farmer's Market in Mira Mesa at Mira Mesa High School. It is open every Tuesday afternoon from 3-7 PM (6 PM during the winter). It is sponsored by and a fundraiser for the Mira Mesa High School Foundation.
97 abandoned shopping carts were collected by Mira Mesa volunteers the morning of Feb 20, 2010.
Abandoned Shopping Carts: Abandoned shopping carts have been a continuing problem in Mira Mesa. Here is information on how to report them and get them picked up. Also, see Bari Vaz' article on the subject in the January 2011 newsletter. We have been looking for more effective ways to address the abandoned shopping cart problem in Mira Mesa. On Saturday morning, Feb 20, 2010, Mira Mesa volunteers staged a demonstration by collecting abandoned shopping carts and placing them at a visible location next to Mira Mesa Blvd. The event was covered on KGTV Channel 10 News. After the event, the shopping cart retrieval service and individual stores were called to come and collect them. This is a typical number of carts that can be easily found any time on Mira Mesa streets. Abandoned shopping carts can be reported to the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Service at (800) 252-4613. In 2008 CSCRC picked up 6,331 shopping carts in Mira Mesa. The online reporting site formerly at CSCRC has been deactivated. Here is information for reporting carts and getting them picked up.
The Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Sentinel newspaper ceased publication as of July 2009.
Many thanks to Bruce Brown, Marv Miles, Ted Brengel, Mike Davis and the HEROES crew and other volunteers for painting the brick fence along Mira Mesa Blvd east and west of Parkdale. Paint and supplies were provided by Frazee Paint and the Mira Mesa Town Council. You can now donate money to the "Adopt-A-Wall" program to paint the walls along major Mira Mesa streets and paint out graffiti throughout Mira Mesa.
Heroes Program: HEROES ("Hometown Efforts to Rescue Our Endangered Society") is designed as an informal "Good Samaritan" group effort to help neighbors in need. If you would like to help with future events or want more information please call Mike Davis at (858) 549-0392 and/or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Changes and Notes
Community services page added August 2009.
Revised Web Site color scheme and format March 2008.
Links to all Mira Mesa area schools added November 2002.
The Mira Mesa Town Council Web Site won a San Diego Press Club second place Award in 2001 for non-profit Web site.
This Web Site was created on 2001 January 14.