By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Some businesses have been hard hit by both the pandemic shutdowns and business disruptions from looting, fires and vandalism
August 10, 2020 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, August 11, the La Mesa City Council will consider topics of major public interest at a 5 p.m. closed session followed by a 6 p.m. public meeting.
At the closed session, for which the public can email comments by 4 p.m., includes potential sale of a public parking lot with meters behind the burned Randall Lamb building and behind many restaurants and businesses on La Mesa Blvd.
Also on the closed session, council will hear details of housing planned for the former police station site being leased for development, including affordable housing units.
At 6 p.m., Council will consider how to spend CARES Act relief funds due to the pandemic. Staff has proposed renter relief as well as grants for small businesses and city costs. The Council majority previously voted against aid to businesses, so Councilman Kristine Alessio is urging the public to speak out if they want to see help provided for struggling small businesses in La Mesa, as other East County cities have already provided.
Below are details.