4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

La Mesa City Council talks term limits

Vice mayor Kristine Alessio’s proposal

David Witt, Art Madrid, Kristine Alessio
David Witt, Art Madrid, Kristine Alessio

At the October 8 La Mesa City Council meeting, discussion of a proposal to put a term-limit measure on the November 2014 ballot led to protests from two residents, support from seven others, and the councilmembers' decision to delay action until their October 22 meeting.

Some residents supporting and opposing vice mayor Kristine Alessio's proposal also favored postponing the discussion to allow for more public response. (The council convenes at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month and at 6 p.m. two weeks later.)

Alessio, who was elected to her first term in 2012, proposed a measure to set a limit of three consecutive terms for someone elected to the council, as mayor, or both offices. After serving three consecutive terms, the individual could not run for office for "at least two years."

Term-limit opponent Kristin Kjaero said, "If it were any other field or profession, we would not be arguing that experience is a negative thing."

Supporter Dexter Levy called for an overhaul of the election system that would include taking pay and other benefits away from elected officials.

Alessio's measure would affect incumbents elected in 2014. Up for re-election then are mayor Art Madrid and councilmen Ernest Ewin and Mark Arapostathis.

Voters elected Madrid to a four-year council term in 1981. He served on the council until 1990, when he was elected mayor. Arapostathis was elected to the council in 2006. Ewin served on the council from 1985–1999 and was reelected to the council in 2010. Alessio said Ewin returned to the council with "private sector experience."

Ruth Sterling has served on the council since 1992 and was reelected in 2012. She responded to residents' proposals for term limits on all elected offices: city clerk Mary Kennedy ran unopposed in 2012, and Sterling said, "The city clerk is not the type [of position] you can term out after 12 years."  

Arapostathis, a teacher, referred to supporters' comments about the private sector: "This is not my full-time job," he said. Arapostathis asked city manager David Witt to research whether cities in the county with part-time councils also have term limits.

Arapostathis also asked whether term limits would apply to members of the Grossmont Union High School District and La Mesa–Spring Valley School District boards.

Alessio shook her head and said, "I carefully tailored this to the city council or as mayor."

People in the audience included La Mesa–Spring Valley school board member Bill Baber. Attorney Alessio identified Baber as an attorney who helped her draft the ordinance.

(corrected 7:55 p.m., 10/9)

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The Carpetbaggers part two: Elizabeth Ashley makes her screen debut

Of all the women who figure into Jonas’ life, she is the only one who isn’t a prostitute.
Next Article

Transforming life with The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproule

“I am a sinful man among sinful men — and I need redemption.”
David Witt, Art Madrid, Kristine Alessio
David Witt, Art Madrid, Kristine Alessio

At the October 8 La Mesa City Council meeting, discussion of a proposal to put a term-limit measure on the November 2014 ballot led to protests from two residents, support from seven others, and the councilmembers' decision to delay action until their October 22 meeting.

Some residents supporting and opposing vice mayor Kristine Alessio's proposal also favored postponing the discussion to allow for more public response. (The council convenes at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month and at 6 p.m. two weeks later.)

Alessio, who was elected to her first term in 2012, proposed a measure to set a limit of three consecutive terms for someone elected to the council, as mayor, or both offices. After serving three consecutive terms, the individual could not run for office for "at least two years."

Term-limit opponent Kristin Kjaero said, "If it were any other field or profession, we would not be arguing that experience is a negative thing."

Supporter Dexter Levy called for an overhaul of the election system that would include taking pay and other benefits away from elected officials.

Alessio's measure would affect incumbents elected in 2014. Up for re-election then are mayor Art Madrid and councilmen Ernest Ewin and Mark Arapostathis.

Voters elected Madrid to a four-year council term in 1981. He served on the council until 1990, when he was elected mayor. Arapostathis was elected to the council in 2006. Ewin served on the council from 1985–1999 and was reelected to the council in 2010. Alessio said Ewin returned to the council with "private sector experience."

Ruth Sterling has served on the council since 1992 and was reelected in 2012. She responded to residents' proposals for term limits on all elected offices: city clerk Mary Kennedy ran unopposed in 2012, and Sterling said, "The city clerk is not the type [of position] you can term out after 12 years."  

Arapostathis, a teacher, referred to supporters' comments about the private sector: "This is not my full-time job," he said. Arapostathis asked city manager David Witt to research whether cities in the county with part-time councils also have term limits.

Arapostathis also asked whether term limits would apply to members of the Grossmont Union High School District and La Mesa–Spring Valley School District boards.

Alessio shook her head and said, "I carefully tailored this to the city council or as mayor."

People in the audience included La Mesa–Spring Valley school board member Bill Baber. Attorney Alessio identified Baber as an attorney who helped her draft the ordinance.

(corrected 7:55 p.m., 10/9)

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Booking Ben Johnson

Casbah staffer chronicles Children of the Web
Next Article

El Cajon Oktoberfest, Glorious, Kiss and David Lee Roth

Events September 24-September 25, 2021
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close