Helix Helps — Helix employees, friends and family members volunteering for community service – worked side by side with other community members at the 12th Annual Park Appreciation Day on October 7 to restore MacArthur Park into a more community-friendly, open space park.
The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa hosted the event on a warm Saturday on the lands formerly occupied by the Sun Valley Golf Course.
With plenty of sunshine, gloves, and sweat, volunteers removed dead and overgrown brush, filled in old sand traps, mulched hillsides and repainted buildings to restore the park to its former glory.
The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation was established in 1999 to lead the fundraising effort for what became the Junior Seau Sports Complex and now focuses on the city’s parks, creating recreational experiences for all ages. Learn more or donate at lamesaparks.org.
Enjoy MacArthur Park and the open space for yourself at 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. For more information on the park including hours of operation please visit: lamesaparks.org/parks/macarthur-park/.
The Special District Leadership Foundation has awarded Helix a District Transparency Certificate of Excellence in recognition of our efforts to provide transparent and accessible government.
To receive the award, a special district must provide public access, financial transparency and public outreach to the communities it serves.
“This award is a testament to our day to day commitment to open government,” said General Manager Carlos Lugo. “The entire district staff contributes, and they empower our customers with information.”
The Special District Leadership Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs. Special districts are local public agencies established by local voters to deliver core services, such as water, sanitation, fire protection, parks and recreation and more.
What follows are the steps we take, and the information we provide, to assure that Helix is providing open government.
We provide our customers and the public with access to meetings, the decision-making process, elected board members and key staff.
Board of Directors
Board meetings are open to the public
Meetings schedule is on district website
Meeting agenda packages are posted on website
Board members must speak openly in meetings
Archive of meeting minutes on website
Board members receive ethics training
Conflict of interest policy on website
Board elections procedure on website
Board member names, terms and contact information on website
Other Information on Website
Description of services
Public Records Act Policy
Public records request form
General manager and key staff names and contact information
We post on our website the information needed to track the district’s finances month to month and year to year.
Financial Documents on Website
Current and past budgets
Annual financial audits
Financial reports in board agenda packages
Financial transactions filing with State Controller
Compensation filing with State Controller
Financial reserves policy
Disclosure of reimbursements to board members and employees
We keep our customers, the public and our elected officials up to date on district activities.
Lake Jennings – the lake, not the campground — will be closed to all activities, including fishing and boating, from October 30 to November 16 so Helix can study the lake’s hydraulics.
Helix is working with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to conduct the testing. The goal is to gather data to support development of a computer model that can be used to predict the lake’s hydraulic mixing actions. The data and computer model will assist Helix in future studies.
Scripps will use a dye approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the testing process, and it may be possible during testing to see a slight color in the lake water that can range from pink to red. The dye is not harmful and will dissipate over the course of the testing period.
Activities not allowed during testing include use of the lake for Helix’s drinking water supply, as taking water from the lake for treatment could influence its hydraulics.
It’s too soon to know what caused multiple conflagrations spreading across Northern California’s wine country, but elsewhere in the state dead and dying trees have been the subject of much concern. The five-year drought in California killed more than 102 million trees on national forest lands. That is a gigantic problem in itself that will lead to huge wildfire risks in the future. A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California recommends changes in state law and new contracting practices, and changes in public attitudes.
We are replacing the protective coating on the parking lot at Helix’s Administration Office in La Mesa. Work began on October 12, and due to unforeseen issues with the underlying deck surface, will continue through December 8. During construction, the lot is closed to all vehicular and foot traffic. We apologize for the inconvenience, but ask that customers and and visitors please use the University Avenue entrance to our lobby, and the street parking available on Lee Avenue and University Avenue.
Street parking is available on University Avenue, Lee Avenue and Quince Street
Please use the University Avenue entrance to the Administration Office lobby
If you need help with the stairs, call 619-466-0585 and a Helix employee will assist you
The payment drop box will be available at the entrance to our parking lot on Quince Street
If you have questions about the construction, please call 619-905-9613
In recognition of this week and California’s current wildfires, we wanted to share some information that you can do today protect yourself and your property against wildfires.
The University of California Cooperative Extension for Sustainable and Fire-Safe Landscapes has published information on fall-appropriate measures for wildfire protection. These resources contain some surprising recommendations that also create water savings including; installing low water use plants, incorporating hardscapes and dry stream beds to act as natural fire breaks and maintaining plant health through efficient irrigation practices and pruning.