Ernie Ewin announces retirement from La Mesa Council

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by Councilman Ernest Ewin

Good Morning La Mesa!

After being away from the La Mesa City Council for 12 years, in 2002 the voters returned me to the Council.

Now after another 12 years, I will have served you for a total 18 years on the Council come this November. Thank you!

For the last year and a half, I have been contemplating those closing words of a favorite childhood song and “dance”…the “Hokey Pokey”. Do you remember? “And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about…”

Really, that is what it is all about? I have discussed this decision with family and friends. I have looked back on the blessing of service, the citizens I have met, the activities I have attended, the volunteers I have noted – all which make La Mesa such a wonderful community.

Over the past two years most specifically, it has become apparent that a professional staff coupled with an open transparent Council works best when staff is able to receive direction and encouragement from public discussions from the entire council. We are not a Council of one. It takes 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2 motions to get things approved. No one council member can promise to get anything completed without a majority vote. PERIOD.

It is my sincere hope the quality of the professional staff leadership will continue as the anchor it is.

Despite comments to the contrary, we do need titular and real leadership on the council. Council members who say they believe in integrity, honesty, respect, appropriate conduct and decorum need to walk the talk, making these real council member actions and core values. By doing so, it becomes very obvious to the citizens we serve and to the media and blogs that report on our actions.

With so much to do and so little time, one has to look at how their past and current community service works best. I was fortunate to chair two Citizen Bond Oversight Committees – the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District’s Prop R and the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Prop G – while also serving on the La Mesa City Council. I have learned from those with whom I have served that doing your best and learning new skills while serving your community is really a joy and provides a sense of special purpose. Thanks too to the board members and staff at MTS and the regional Metro Waste Water JPA.

Finally, the love and support I receive from Nancy Kaupp Ewin, my wonderful wife of 43 years, has made this community service possible. For anything I have completed, I owe it to family, friends, honest colleagues, selfless community volunteers and a steadfast faith. Yes, I am going to shift my community service to a different level and focus this November and beyond.

So I will turn myself around…as “That’s what it’s all about.”

I will not be seeking/ running for re-election to the La Mesa City Council.

Choose wisely La Mesa!


Ernest Ewin
Member, La Mesa City Council
1985-90, 2002-2014

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Here’s the UT San Diego story…
La Mesa councilman Ewin not seeking re-election

See Barry Jantz’s follow up on the result.


Comments 3

  1. From March 30…
    After months of anticipation about Councilmembers Ernie Ewin and/or Mark Arapostathis potentially running for Mayor this year in La Mesa, Ewin tells me this morning, “I am not running for mayor of La Mesa … any further comments regarding this and my intentions for re- election will be conveyed to the citizens early Tuesday morning.”

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