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Mira Mesa Principals
The principals from all Mira Mesa Schools appeared at the October 2016 Mira Mesa Town Council meeting.

Chris Cate and Luis Pallera at Senior Center ReopeningSenior Center Reopening Ceremony: There was a reopening celebration at the Mira Mesa Senior Center on Friday July 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM. City Councilman Chris Cate and his Mira Mesa representative Luis Pallera served BBQ.

And now it is finally open! - there will be a real reopening ceremony and open house on September 6, 2016 from 8 AM to 3 PM.

2016 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship: Congratulations to the 2016 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Vivian Hoang, Celeste Esparza and Roselynn Conrady! They were selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship committee based on their volunteer experience and work.

2016 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship Awards
2016 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Vivian Hoang, Celeste Esparza and Roselynn Conrady with scholarship committee chair Jon Labaw and City Councilman Chris Cate at the June 2016 MMTC meeting.

Where Can You Spend the Least on a Home and Get Great Schools? Mira Mesa!

Golden Friends Meetings: While the Senior Center is closed for repairs and upgrades, Golden Friends will be meeting every Tuesday at 10:00 at the First Baptist Church of Mira Mesa at 10770 Rickert Road (just off Mira Mesa Blvd).

Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Jim Hearn and 13 past Volunteers of the Year
Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Jim Hearn, 13 past Volunteers of the Year and Miss and Miss Teen Mira Mesa at the Volunteer of the Year Dinner held on April 16, 2016 at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel. Pictures are now online.

Miss and Miss Teen Mira Mesa 2016
Congratulations to 2016 Miss Mira Mesa Morgan Sibley and 2016 Miss Teen Mira Mesa Grace Caligagan.

Mira Mesa High School Band marches in 2016 Rose Parade
The Mira Mesa High School Band performed in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2016
The parade was televised nation-wide.
KUSI Video:
Please contribute to the band's GoFundMe campaign. They still need to raise another $30,000.

Mira Mesa High School Band
The Mira Mesa High School Band has been invited to participate in the 2016 Rose Parade and has a GoFundMe campaign to collect money to pay trip expenses.

Mira Mesa Community Park Groundbreaking

Mira Mesa Community Park Expansion Groundbreaking: A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 11, 2015 for the long-awaited expansion of Mira Mesa Community Park. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Chris Cate and others were present. Recreation Council vice-president Bruce Brown is shown speaking in the photo above.

Future of the Epicentre Building: An MMTC subcommittee has been formed to recommend the future use of the Epicentre building now that Harmonium has decided not to continue operating it as a Teen Center. Here are the minutes of the first committee meeting.

Jonas Salk Dedication Ceremony
Jonas Salk Elementary School Dedication:
Dedication Ceremony October 27, 2015.

Mr. Maheu Scores a Basket against the Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters came to Mira Mesa High School on October 16, 2015 as a fundraising benefit for the Sapphire Sound trip to the Rose Parade.
Mira Mesa Principals
Mira Mesa School Principals and School Board member John Lee Evans at the October 2015 MMTC meeting.

After 35 years, Jonas Salk Elementary School opened on September 8, 2015.

Community Planning: See Mira Mesa Community Planning Group Chair John Horst's article in the August 20, 2015 Voice of San Diego: Seeking a Few Good Leaders Who Will Put an End to Developer Rent-Seeking.

2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship: Congratulations to the 2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Emily Le, Keith Minh Huynh and Yasmine Reyes! They were selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship committee based on their volunteer experience and work. Each of the winners have worked throughout their high school years to give back to the community in many ways, while maintaining excellent grades and participating in numerous extracurricular activities.

2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship Awards
2015 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship winners Emily Le, Yasmine Reyes and Keith Minh Huynh with members of the scholarship committee at the June 2015 MMTC meeting.

The San Diego Tết Festival sponsored by the VAYA, the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance was held on February 20-22, 2015 at the Mira Mesa Community Park. Here are some pictures from the event.

Julius Hitchens with MMTC members
2014 Volunteer of the Year Julius Hitchens with MMTC members at the December 2014 MMTC meeting.

Jonas Salk Elementary School under construction.

Salk Sign 12/10/2014
Salk Elementary 12/10/2014
December 10, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
September 28, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
June 14, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
April 13, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
March 8, 2014

Jonas Salk Elementary School
January 17, 2014

Lysley Tenario

One Book Event Featuring Lysley Tenorio at Mira Mesa Library: Lysley Tenorio, author of "Monstress," the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, grew up in Mira Mesa. He attended Mason Elementary School and spent a lot of time at the Mira Mesa Library.  He was excited to speak at his home library branch, and read from his book and answered questions for a standing room only crowd on Sunday afternoon November 16, 2014.

Our November 2014 meeting featured a program: "Stay Healthy, Mira Mesa!” County Dept. of Health & Human Services speaker(s) discussed hot topics in public health, from Ebola to Enterovirus 68 and more. Here is the Presentation by Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., Public Health Officer, County of San Diego.

Mira Mesa Principals October 2014
Mira Mesa School Principals at the October 2014 MMTC meeting. Schools from left to right: Ericson, Christ the Cornerstone, Salk, Mira Mesa High School, Mason, Wangenheim, Challenger, Sandburg, Walker.

2014 MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarships Announced: Congratulations to Tiffany Luu, Fyezah Nazir, Spencer Shortill, Estella Hoang and Lauren Cernik-Price. They were selected from an outstanding group of applicants by our scholarship committee based on their volunteer experience and work.

MMTC Scholarship 2014
2014 Scholarship Recipients Fyezah Nazir, Tiffany Luu, Spencer Shortill and Lauren Cernik-Price at the June 2014 MMTC meeting.

Mira Mesa 45th Anniversary: County Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a certificate acknowledging that Mira Mesa is 45 years old this year, and the Mira Mesa Town Council is 42.

45th Anniversary

Chalk the Walk 2014
MMTC Picture at Chalk the Walk, May 10, 2014 by artist Kathy Huynh
Thank you to our moderator Chris Jennewein from Times of San Diego, and City Council Candidates Mitz Lee, Chris Cate and Carol Kim for participating in an excellent candidates forum on April 8, 2014 at Mira Mesa High School. Chris Jennewein was interviewed about the forum on KPBS Roundtable. This topic starts at time 18:25.
2014 City Council Candidates
Left to right: Chris Jennewein, Mitz Lee, Chris Cate, Carol Kim and Ted Brengel.
Congratulations to the winners of the The Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant!
Miss/Miss Teen Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch at Tet Festival
Left to Right: Miss Scripps Ranch 2014 Allie Kennedy, Miss Teen Scripps Ranch 2014 Sarina Jassy, Miss Teen Mira Mesa Haley Hernandez and Miss Mira Mesa Brittney Charlot. Picture taken at the San Diego Tet Festival in Mira Mesa Community Park.
Volunteer of the Year 2013: Congratulations to 2013 Volunteer of the Year Maria Pankau! Pictures are now online.

Maria Pankau with Christina Keene and Miss Teens
Maria Pankau with Christina Keene and Miss Teen Mira Mesa Haley Hernandez and Miss Teen Scripps Ranch Sarina Jassy. Picture taken at the Volunteer of the Year Dinner at Miramar Cafe.
Typhoon Haiyan Damage Typoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Tacloban, Leyte has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. A local charity, Gawad Kalinga in Poway, is collecting donations to provide food for those affected by the disaster. $5 will provide food for a family for 3-4 days. To learn more, or to make a contribution, go to their website: Contact information: Gawad Kalinga, 13860 Stowe Dr. Poway, CA  92064
APAPA Candidates Forum 2013 10 26 City Council Candidates Forum at Mira Mesa High School October 26: The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) San Diego Chapter presented the first of three Candidates Forums for San Diego City Council District 6 on Saturday, October 26 in the Mira Mesa High School Library.

Logan Jenkins commentary: Excellent commentary by Logan Jenkins in the Union Tribune on the western Mira Mesa/Sorrento Valley issue.

Jonas Salk Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony: The San Diego Unified School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Jonas Salk Elementary School on Sept. 7, 2013.

Jonas Salk Elementary School Groundbreaking

Jonas Salk Elementary School: After 32 years of delay, Jonas Salk Salk Elementary site and surrounding area after grading in 1979elementary school has the approvals it needs from the School District, City of San Diego and Fish and Wildlife Service to proceed with construction. Construction started in September, 2013, and the school will open in Fall 2015. The new elementary school is located at the intersection of Parkdale and Flanders, and is being paid for by Prop. MM bond money, which has already been collected. This is the very last Prop MM project. A volunteer Design Task Force worked with the School District on the elementary school design and completed its work on November 5, 2003 (Design). The school was scheduled to open in 2006 but was delayed to satisfy U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for vernal pool/fairy shrimp preservation. The school site was graded for a school when the surrounding homes were built in 1980 (picture to right), but because of the long delay in construction, vernal pools formed on the site and the School District is being required to perform mitigation for them. The final EIR for the school can be downloaded from the school district Web site. Here is an updated architectural design and site plan. The intersection in the architectural design is Gold Coast and Parkdale.

New Walker Park Tot Lot Play Equipment: This project is now completed and there was an opening ceremony on July 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Walker Park Ribbon Cutting

8TH ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR TẾT FESTIVAL 2013: The San Diego TẾT Festival, was held in Mira Mesa Community Park February 15-17, 2013.

San Diego Tet Festival

New Representatives: Almost all of Mira Mesa's elected representatives changed in December 2012 or January 2013.

Mira Mesa Census: SANDAG has analyzed the 2010 Census data and provided this summary of Mira Mesa demographics. The population of Mira Mesa in 2010 was 72,759.

MMHS Distinguished School PresentationMira Mesa High School Celebrates its Success! The California Department of Education (CDE) through a very stringent selection process has honored some of the states most inspiring public schools. Based on Academic Performance Index and federal standards Mira Mesa High School has been named a 2011 California Distinguished School and is concurrently awarded for its Exemplary Career Technical Educational Program.  Only seven schools in the State of California received both of these honors.  There was a celebration on Thursday, Dec 15th at 1:00pm in front of the Mira Mesa High School Administration Office off of Reagan Rd. with presentations by SDUSD Superintendent Bill Kowba, School Board representative John Lee Evans and Councilmember Carl De Maio.

Bari Vaz developed this slide presentation on redistricting that was presented at the September MMTC meeting. Due to redistricting, term limits and retirement, all of Mira Mesa's elected representatives in the City, County and State government, as well as Congress, were replaced in 2012.

Pam Stevens' book on the history of Mira Mesa in the Images of America series from Arcadia Press is now available at the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble. It is also available at and

Mira Mesa Living, a new community newspaper, is being distributed by community residents and businesses.  If you would like to volunteer to distribute copies, or have a business where you would like to place copies of "Mira Mesa Living" for public distribution, please contact

Electric Box on Mira Mesa Blvd.A group of young artists are painting the electric boxes along Mira Mesa Blvd and other areas around Mira Mesa. See pictures of their work at

There is now a Farmer's Market in Mira Mesa at Mira Mesa High School. It is open every Tuesday afternoon from 3-7 PM (6 PM during the winter). It is sponsored by and a fundraiser for the Mira Mesa High School Foundation.

Long time Mira Mesa volunteer Orlando Vernacchia died on January 4, 2010. Orlando was Mira Mesa Town Council Volunteer of the Year in 1989. He was 92 years old.

The Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Sentinel newspaper ceased publication as of July 2009.

Many thanks to Bruce Brown, Marv Miles, Ted Brengel, Mike Davis and the HEROES crew and other volunteers for painting the brick fence along Mira Mesa Blvd east and west of Parkdale. Paint and supplies were provided by Frazee Paint and the Mira Mesa Town Council. You can now donate money to the "Adopt-A-Wall" program to paint the walls along major Mira Mesa streets and paint out graffiti throughout Mira Mesa.

Pictures from some recent past Mira Mesa events:

Mira Mesa Street Fair held September 15, 2012 on Camino Ruiz between Mira Mesa Blvd. and New Salem.
Camino Ruiz Trail Grand Opening, August 8, 2009.
2012 Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2012 at Mira Mesa Community Park.
2011 Volunteer of the Year Dinner honoring Judy Taylor, May 4, 2012 at the Country Inn and Suites.
Mira Mesa Women's Club Fundraiser "Chalk the Walk" held May 19, 2009.
San Diego Tết Festival January 17-18, 2009 at Mira Mesa Community Park.
National Trails Day held June 7, 2008 at the historic Ranch House in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
The 2008 Philippine Festival and Faire held June 7, 2008 in Mira Mesa Community Park.

RSVP: The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol is looking for new volunteers. See also Helping Our Police to Help You.

Web Changes and Notes

Shopping Cart Removal added January 2015

Community Calendar added March 2014.

Community services page added August 2009.

Revised Web Site color scheme and format March 2008.

Links to all Mira Mesa area schools added November 2002.

The Mira Mesa Town Council Web Site won a San Diego Press Club second place Award in 2001 for non-profit Web site.

This Web Site was created on 2001 January 14.