Here’s a Petition You’re Gonna Want to Sign!

Please sign this petition to end the PBID petition phase. It’s the first step in bringing our Village together again.

Well, as we all know, the PBID petition has been out since the beginning of January.  To our chagrin we learned at the last City Council meeting the petition phase can continue indefinitely — PBID Professional Ed Henning said he’s seen PBID petitions run 18 months; further Ed said there is no law within PBID that requires a deadline on the petition phase. 

La Mesa doesn't need PBID dividing the Village any longer.  So here’s a solution, a new petition, if you will.  This one is designed to end the PBID Petition. 


We, the concerned citizens in and around La Mesa Village, request that the PBID
Petition Phase end on Friday, March 30, 2012.  Further, we request that the final results of the petition phase be brought before the city council meeting of Tuesday, April 24.

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Please show your support of this petition by commenting.  Your comment will serve as your signature in support of this petition. 

For those who are shy about signing this petition on Patch, petitions are also available for signature at:

  • All Things Bright and British 8401 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Maxwell's House of Books 8285 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Readers, Inc. 8219 La Mesa Blvd.

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Jimmy Sanders March 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM
How many times has College Grove shopping center been remodeled, had big dollars spent on it, invested in significant advertising, attracted big retailers and yet it limps along year after year as retailers come and go. The theory that the investment in upgrades, proposed by the formation of a PBID, will work is just that-a theory. The closest similar live redevelopment example I can see is downtown El Cajon which has shown to be an expensive ongoing experiment. Sure it looks great but it does not seem to generate much retail traffic as big name retailers come and go. I'm sure we all want the Village to remain viable-but at what cost and to whom?
Things I Learned March 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Deena While March 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Nope, I have not heard that refunds would be given -- that is laughable. My landlord is against the PBID. The costs will be passed through in the form of higher rents. He is concerned about the rentability of his property. Have you noticed how long buildings remain empty these days? That is the economy we live in. That is a concern for landlords. Property management companies have no skin in the game. You, Jenna, will not have to pay one penny toward this PBID. So step back and LISTEN to those of us who WILL PAY. (Like the tenants in your shopping center! they are talking, are you listening?) WE are not in favor of PBID. WE would like to see a smaller cost...are you listening? PBID is DEAD. Let's start over with a better focus on what the affected businesses want.
Craig Maxwell March 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
An unfamiliar sound is heard, And out we run to see: A drunken mayor on the curb, Blowing chowder in the street 'Twas on that day that many learned, Not all is well at city hall, And loud dissent soon was heard, About Art's Technicolor yawn The farce goes on in different forms, Today it wears another face, But Property Based Improvement District Is just another mayoral disgrace
FEEDA April 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
La Mesans love La Mesa. "Improving and protecting our city" has been the rallying cry for every single increase in costs to the citizens and shoppers of our lovely little town. It has ususally worked! But, the improvements never happen; somehow the increased revenues wind up in the pcokets of...well... NOT The merchants. PBID needs to be o-v-e-r. Of COURSE it's a tax. For heaven's sake!! Let our leaders did a little deeper into monies which have ALREADY been raised & collected for what they now claim they need PBID funds for. Our precious home, La Mesa, has a bunch of BS artists running its affairs. Enough of this baloney, already.


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