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October 26, 2012 (La Mesa)--Are we ready for the next 100 years? At this upcoming Centennial event, the City of La Mesa will be showcasing a variety of environmental topics, technologies and activities at the "Sustain La Mesa" Environmental Festival "Our Planet, Our Home" K-12 Environmental Literacy and Art Contest, Saturday,October 27.

This event is presented by the La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa.


If you enjoyed the butterfly release last year, you can see it again! The grace and beauty of these delicate creatures will surprise and delight one and all. Plan to spend the day and enjoy the beauty of the park, its trees, and amphitheater. Listen to exciting speakers and this year's new addition of musical entertainment by Paul Seaforth & Mo'Sax Saxophone Quartet.


Explore the interactive booths and exhibits, including topics such as energy and transportation, horticulture and habitat, water, recycling, community, and a kid's zone. See innovative technologies, including electric cars and the latest in sustainable building materials. An EDCO recycling zone for hard to recycle materials and the County Office of Education's Splash Science Mobile

Lab will also be featured. Family entertainment will be provided throughout the day with face painting by the San Diego Clown Conspiracy and water conservation for kids by Ms. Smarty Plants. There may be a hummingbird or hawk to see, too. The speakers include Bamboo Bob on sustainable bamboo and Cadence Baron on herb growing and uses. As a new feature a food truck zone will be included with a variety of culinary options.


The winners of the "Our Planet, Our Home" K-12 Environmental Literacy & Art Contest will be announced and their entries will be displayed at the festival. In this Centennial year, we wish to challenge students with a theme: "Big changes start with small steps, and every great development starts with a vision or dream. What solutions or inventions can you dream up, to shape the kind of world you want to pass on to the youth of the next century?" 


Entries for the contest are due by October 16, and the winning entries will be displayed after the festival at the La Mesa Library through November. 


For more information on the festival and contest, please visit cityoflamesa.com/SustainLaMesa.

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Electrosmog Pollution

I hope that this event will provide information from Center for Electrosmog Prevention on manmade electrosmog pollution, which is an exponentially growing, dangerous type of exposure for all of us. Electrosmog pollution in the form of RF (radiofrequency) microwave radiation is emitted by smart meters, cell phones, cell towers and antenna, Wi-Fi, and wireless devices in varying amounts. There is no safe level, according to experts, for pulsed electromagnetic radiation. It is concerning that SDG&E is a sponsor of this event, as their smart meters are a major source of pulsed radiation electrosmog in our homes. We can opt-out from these risky utility meters, due to a recent state public utility commission judge's order - go to www.electrosmogprevention.org for more information. 

Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
director@electrosmogprevention.org www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/
Southern Californians Against Smart Meters
American Coalition Against Smart Meters www.causes.com/acasm




meeting tonight on this issue

The Sustainability Commission meets tonight; we've been told no decisions have been made yet on pending applications for booths. Check back tomorrow for an update on whether the Smart Meter group's application is approved. - Editor