Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Jim Hearn, 13 past Volunteers of the
Year and Miss and Miss Teen Mira Mesa at the Volunteer of the Year Dinner held
on April 16, 2016 at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel.
Pictures are now online.
Congratulations to 2016 Miss Mira Mesa Morgan Sibley and
2016 Miss Teen Mira Mesa Grace Caligagan.
Mira Mesa Community Park Expansion
Groundbreaking: A groundbreaking ceremony was held on
Friday, December 11, 2015 for the long-awaited expansion of Mira
Mesa Community Park. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Chris Cate
and others were present. Recreation Council vice-president Bruce
Brown is shown speaking in the photo above.
Congressional Candidate: Mira Mesa resident John Horst has
announced his candidacy for the 52nd
Congressional District seat currently held by Scott Peters.
2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship:
Congratulations to the 2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners
Emily Le, Keith Minh Huynh and Yasmine Reyes! They were
selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship
committee based on their volunteer experience and work. Each of the
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.
2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Emily Le, Yasmine Reyes and
Keith Minh Huynh with members of the scholarship committee at the June
2015 MMTC meeting.
One Book Event Featuring Lysley Tenorio at
Mira Mesa Library: Lysley Tenorio, author of
"Monstress," the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, grew up in
Mira Mesa. He attended Mason Elementary School and spent a lot of
time at the Mira Mesa Library. He was excited to speak at his home library
branch, and read from his book and answered questions for a standing
room only crowd on Sunday afternoon November 16, 2014.
Mira Mesa School Principals at the October 2014 MMTC meeting. Schools
from left to right: Ericson, Christ the Cornerstone, Salk, Mira Mesa
High School, Mason, Wangenheim, Challenger, Sandburg, Walker.
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.
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.
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.
Left to right: Chris Jennewein, Mitz Lee, Chris Cate, Carol Kim and Ted Brengel.
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.
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.
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:
information: Gawad Kalinga, 13860 Stowe Dr. Poway, CA 92064
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
Jonas Salk Elementary School
The San Diego Unified School District held a groundbreaking
ceremony for the long-awaited Jonas Salk Elementary School on Sept. 7,
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
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. Here is an
updated architectural design and
The intersection in the architectural design is Gold Coast and Parkdale.
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
8TH ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR TẾT FESTIVAL 2013: The San Diego TẾT Festival,
was held in Mira Mesa Community Park February 15-17, 2013.
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
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.
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.
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