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June 25, 2014 (Mission Trails)--Embroiled in a contentious re-election campaign, Representative Scott Peters (CA 52) will headline the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Clubs’, “Party in the Park.. The event is being held at the Mission Trails Region Park (MTRP) Visitor’s Center (One Father Junipero Serra Tr., San Diego, CA 92119) at 6pm on Wednesday, July 2nd.  Peters will be accompanied by many other local politicians and candidates including Representative Susan Davis (CA 53), County Supervisor Dave Roberts and County Democratic Chair Francine Busby among others.

The event is ponsored by the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, celebrating its 30th anniversary. This is the first time in the clubs history that it will hold it's July meeting outside the city limits of La Mesa.  Area residents are invited to join politicians and club members on the patio for a sunset celebration of the history, the present, and the future of nature in, the largest urban park in San Diego.

There will be barbequed burgers and hot dogs as well as the club’s annual pie contest to be judged by the dignitaries.  Additionally, the event will include discussions with the candidates and politicians as well as presentations by Jay Wilson, Executive Director of the MTRP Foundation.

Wilson will address the many ways local residents can conscientiously preserve, visit, volunteer and appreciate the many recreational and historical aspects of the park.  Along with detailing the immediate future in this precious Nature Preserve, he will suggest civic participation in light of future development of the San Diego River Valley.

There will then be a guest appearance by George Cowles (played by actor Steve Haiman) the former Raisin King of the U.S., instrumental in getting the railroad out to East County, and the real founder of Santee.  His 10 years in San Diego in the late 1800's coincides with a period of real development in the area, and one of the reasons that Cowles Mountain bears his name.  He'll address the habitat of the park, the natural ecology of the area, and how it's changed over the years, and answer questions from any and all takers.

Citizens will have opportunities to meet and greet with local office holders, including Supervisor Dave Roberts, whose district includes the Mission Trails Regional Park.  Supervisor Roberts is the Vice Chair of the Mission Trails Task Force Group. He'll  address the future of the Park from a County perspective, and how we can all help preserve our precious environmental heritage.  

Not only will club members be cooking up BBQ for the group, they’ll also have plenty of salads, sides and desserts to share.

Festivities start at 6  p.m.  The BBQ is free for members, and a $10 donation will be asked of all guests.  For more info,  visit,.


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