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By Kristin Kjaero

October 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Absentee Ballots went out yesterday. Do you have a particular topic that would influence your vote for La Mesa City Council? See what the candidates have said in their own words at candidate Forums.  Topics are organized alphabetically in categories, to make it simple to find what you are looking for.


We also provide links to their websites and articles from prior campaigns, for those who want to know more about the candidates themselves and their histories.

        About the Candidates


Opening Statements (Forum 9-27-12)

What sets you apart?

Convincing Others

Histories (Prior campaigns, most recent to oldest)

Police records request shoots hole in candidate's story about teen drinking party (Lothian, (10-27-10)

Lothian accused by local business owner of staging photo shoot to trash Madrid (10-21-10)

Patrick Dean: It's all about priorities (9-15-10)

Laura Lothian: Candidate's troubled past leads to new beginnings (8-27-10)

La Mesa candidates address budget gap, public safety and future growth (O'Dunn, Sterling, 2008)

Candidate websites:

Kristine Alessio

Patrick Dean

Laura Lothian

Shannon O’Dunn

Ruth Sterling (No website)


         Budget, Business Issues

Budget, Austerity

Charter City?


Costs & Outsourcing

Council Compensation

Unfunded Liability (Forum 1) and Unfunded Liability (Forum 2)

Water Rates


         Planning & Development Issues

Park Station/La Mesa Crossroads Project

Youth? (Dean addresses density, height, transit, around 3:54)


         Quality of Life Issues

Cleaning Up La Mesa

Climate Change

Fair Trade

Homeless at the Library



         Village Issues

Parking Meter Revenues

         Improving the Village, Smoking Ban

Parking in the Village

PBID (Property-Based Improvement District)


Full ECM Coverage

Development issues dominate La Mesa candidates forum

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