The Mesa Paper Column

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: STATE OF THE MESA

Have a voice in your neighborhood!

Hope you’re having the best summer ever enjoying everything the Mesa has to offer from beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the beach and Douglas Preserve to delicious local food in our Mesa restaurants or from our markets making your own yummy barbeque. OMNI Officers are also enjoying summer in our little slice of heaven but also are busy on community-building projects.

COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION

TRAFFIC WRAPS

OMNI is working towards getting two more traffic boxes wrapped in front of the Old Plaza at Meigs and Cliff Dr with winning local artworks “Foggy Morning Mesa” (Myla Kato) and “Winter Waves” (Meg Ricks). We are raising funds for this beautification project on our gofundme page:  https://www.gofundme.com/MesaArtII.

Please visit our gofundme and see Myla and Meg’s artwork. We’d really appreciate a donation, whatever you can afford. Our goal is to get all the traffic boxes on the Mesa covered with beautiful local art.

 “ALICE ISLAND” AND BEYOND

OMNI is in the process of working with Mesa Architects towards a self-sustaining garden to be officially called “Alice Island” on the island at the Old Strip on the corner of Meigs and Cliff. The Mesa Paper’s Editor-In-Chief and Community Organizer, Alice SanAndres-Calleja, has been gardening and weeding the island with her own two hands for the past ten years. Alice’s passion as a Mesa Community Organizer is contagious. She has created a grassroots neighborhood model that other Santa Barbara neighborhoods are emulating. Because Alice is truly the wind beneath our wings in creating our Mesa neighborhood to be such a great place to live, study, work, and hang out in, OMNI would like to officially honor her. One of Alice’s dreams is to beautify the island so that all can enjoy our little slice of heaven. Although Mesa neighbors already affectionately call the strip Alice Island (Ellis Island), OMNI would like to help turn Alice’s dream into a reality beautifying the corner to the delight of everybody as well as increase customer traffic for Mesa businesses.

We will launch the Alice Island Fundraiser at OMNI’s 2nd annual Halloween Octoberfest at La Mesa Park Saturday, October 27th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We are looking for vendors, sponsors, and raffle prize donors. Please contact me for more information to be part of this exciting Mesa project: terijory@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY SAFETY

MESA SAFE

Vice President Jami Gott and I canvassed San Miguel providing valuable information talking with families and neighbors on “what to do” before, during, and after a disaster. The Mesa has one fire station with 3 firefighters serving 18-thousand people. Therefore, we need to rely on each other; we are the help until help arrives. OMNI will be conducting another Mesa Safe street in August. We will keep you posted on what street and when – OMNI drops notices the day before we come by to notify you. If you’d like to help canvass your street, please contact me: terijory@gmail.com. Besides contributing to a worthwhile cause, the Mesa Safe project is a lot of fun AND you get to meet your neighbors!

COMMUNITY ACTION

THOUSAND STEPS RENOVATION

Thousand Steps Renovation project went in front of the Historic Landmarks Commission July 11th.  There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Historic Landmarks Commission members voted unanimously to support the renovation project. The bad news is that HLC members want a new design (see below):

  1. The Commission supports the restoration of the Historic Resource.
  2. As currently proposed, the Commission finds that elements of the proposal have a negative impact on the resource, especially the stair treads, which are non-historic and a non-historic appearing material creates use hazards and is not appropriate.
  1. Pipe rail, as indicated in the report, is appropriate to the period but the commission would prefer a restoration of the original handrail design in concrete and restoration of the redwood pergola as part of this proposal.
  1. The Commission is requesting a reconsideration of the proposal in detail only.
  2. The Commission recognizes the difficulty of the retrofit.
  3. Consideration needs to be made of both loss of cliff edge, erosion, and potential rising water levels.

I will keep you posted on the progress and appreciate everybody who attended the HLC meeting and wrote letters and rallied in support of Thousand Steps! We’re almost there.

 MESA NEIGHBORS HAVE AN AWESOME RALLY REPUTATION! BECAUSE OF YOU……

I want to thank everybody for their response to OMNI’s survey at Mesa Music Nights as well as your feedback on Nextdoor. I read and document every comment.

The representative from Congressman Salud Carbahal and State Assemblywoman Monique Limon wanted to meet to discuss Mesa issues because Mesa neighbors have a great reputation for rallying to our causes. After conducting a survey at Mesa Music Nights as well as getting feedback on Nextdoor, the data shows that the top three Mesa issues and concerns are: 1) Traffic Safety, 2) Placing electrical lines underground, and 3) Student housing. The representative put me in contact with the head of Transportation who I have a meeting within August. I have all your specific concerns documented and will present each one to him. I’m also hoping to set up a Village Hall meeting with Transportation in the next few months so you can all attend and voice your concerns in-person. Remember: there’s strength in numbers!. I’m also trying to set up a meeting with Edison to talk about putting the electrical lines underground. I will push for a Village Hall meeting here too, and definitely will need your help for this. There’s a possible solution for student housing that will continue to help neighbors who live near SBCC as well as the student overflow into the Westside. Stay tuned and I believe this Village Hall Meeting may be in OMNI’s near future.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Special Event!

La Mesa Potluck – La Mesa Park

AUGUST 18TH: 4-7p

Join neighbors at LA MESA-THE TABLE with a potluck early evening end-of-summer affair for all interested Mesa neighbors and pets – bringing food and breaking bread together before the school year begins!!!

AUGUST 25th

MESA BAZAAR

OCTOBER 27TH

HALLOWEEN OCTOBERFEST LA MESA PARK

DECEMBER 15th

MESA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

OMNI VILLAGE HALL MEETINGS

WEDNESDAYS 7-9P HOLY CROSS CHURCH (1740 Cliff Dr)

SEPTEMBER 26TH

OCTOBER 17TH 24TH

NOVEMBER 7 TH

Thanks so much for your support in helping to make the Mesa a great place to live, study, work, or just hang out in. Our Mesa neighborhood welcomes all! Please invite your friends to eat and shop at our amazing Mesa restaurants and stores. Have a beautiful day!