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District 6 Candidate Forum: The Mira Mesa Town Council and the San Diego Police Officers Association sponsored a candidate forum for City Council District 6 candidates Chris Cate and Carol Kim on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Mira Mesa High School. Times of San Diego provided an excellent report on the event. It was also covered on KPBS television and radio news.


2014 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarships Announced: Congratulations to Tiffany Luu, Fyezah Nazir, Spencer Shortill, Estella Hoang and Lauren Cernik-Price. They were selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship committee based on their volunteer experience and work.

MMTC Scholarship 2014
2014 Scholarship Recipients Fyezah Nazir, Tiffany Luu, Spencer Shortill and Lauren Cernik-Price at the June 2014 MMTC meeting.

Mira Mesa 45th Anniversary: County Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a certificate acknowledging that Mira Mesa is 45 years old this year, and the Mira Mesa Town Council is 42.

45th Anniversary

Chalk the Walk 2014
MMTC Picture at Chalk the Walk, May 10, 2014 by artist Kathy Huynh
Thank you to our moderator Chris Jennewein from Times of San Diego, and City Council Candidates Mitz Lee, Chris Cate and Carol Kim for participating in an excellent candidates forum on April 8, 2014 at Mira Mesa High School. Chris Jennewein was interviewed about the forum on KPBS Roundtable. This topic starts at time 18:25.
2014 City Council Candidates
Left to right: Chris Jennewein, Mitz Lee, Chris Cate, Carol Kim and Ted Brengel.
Congratulations to the winners of the The Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant!
Miss/Miss Teen Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch at Tet Festival
Left to Right: Miss Scripps Ranch 2014 Allie Kennedy, Miss Teen Scripps Ranch 2014 Sarina Jassy, Miss Teen Mira Mesa Haley Hernandez and Miss Mira Mesa Brittney Charlot. Picture taken at the San Diego Tet Festival in Mira Mesa Community Park.
Jonas Salk Elementary School is under construction.

Jonas Salk Elementary School
June 14, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
April 13, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
March 8, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
January 17, 2014

Volunteer of the Year 2013: Congratulations to 2013 Volunteer of the Year Maria Pankau! Pictures are now online.

Maria Pankau with Christina Keene and Miss Teens
Maria Pankau with Christina Keene and Miss Teen Mira Mesa Haley Hernandez and Miss Teen Scripps Ranch Sarina Jassy. Picture taken at the Volunteer of the Year Dinner at Miramar Cafe.
Typhoon Haiyan Damage Typoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Tacloban, Leyte has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. A local charity, Gawad Kalinga in Poway, is collecting donations to provide food for those affected by the disaster. $5 will provide food for a family for 3-4 days. To learn more, or to make a contribution, go to their website: http://gk-usa.org/. Contact information: Gawad Kalinga, 13860 Stowe Dr. Poway, CA  92064 info@gk-usa.org.
APAPA Candidates Forum 2013 10 26 City Council Candidates Forum at Mira Mesa High School October 26: The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) San Diego Chapter presented the first of three Candidates Forums for San Diego City Council District 6 on Saturday, October 26 in the Mira Mesa High School Library.

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 Groundbreaking

Jonas Salk Elementary School: After 32 years of delay, Jonas Salk Salk Elementary site and surrounding area after grading in 1979elementary 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.

Walker Park Ribbon Cutting

8TH ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR TẾT FESTIVAL 2013: The San Diego TẾT Festival, was held in Mira Mesa Community Park February 15-17, 2013.

San Diego Tet Festival

Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District: The MMMAD budget for 2015 was approved at the December 2013 meeting.

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 Forum May 9, 2012
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.

MMHS Distinguished School PresentationMira 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.


Electric Box on Mira Mesa Blvd.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.

Long time Mira Mesa volunteer Orlando Vernacchia died on January 4, 2010. Orlando was Mira Mesa Town Council Volunteer of the Year in 1989. He was 92 years old.


Shopping Carts picked up in Mira Mesa 2010 Feb 20
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.

Pictures from some recent past Mira Mesa events:

Mira Mesa Street Fair held September 15, 2012 on Camino Ruiz between Mira Mesa Blvd. and New Salem.
Camino Ruiz Trail Grand Opening, August 8, 2009.
2012 Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2012 at Mira Mesa Community Park.
2011 Volunteer of the Year Dinner honoring Judy Taylor, May 4, 2012 at the Country Inn and Suites.
Mira Mesa Women's Club Fundraiser "Chalk the Walk" held May 19, 2009.
Mira Mesa High School Foundation Fundraiser "Taste of Mira Mesa" held March 30, 2011 at Genprobe.
San Diego Tết Festival January 17-18, 2009 at Mira Mesa Community Park.
National Trails Day held June 7, 2008 at the historic Ranch House in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
The 2008 Philippine Festival and Faire held June 7, 2008 in Mira Mesa Community Park.

RSVP: The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol is looking for new volunteers. See also Helping Our Police to Help You.


Web Changes and Notes

Community Calendar added March 2014.

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.