Colin Parent of La Mesa Conversations, a citizens group, had this to say upon learning of the Grand Jury’s findings. “I participated as a volunteer in the annual homeless count this year in La Mesa. It's disappointing that La Mesa is not contributing resources to prevent our small but real homeless situation. We should be spending at least as much preventing homelessness as we spend waiting until problems result in arrests and service calls,” he concluded.
Colin in the News: From the Californian- The changing landscape of La Mesa:
Five years from now, Parent predicts the Village will be an exciting place. He sees a lot of successful current businesses staying, making more profit and new customers. New businesses will succeed, because La Mesa is an up and coming neighborhood. It is attractive to a lot of young people, like those in their late 20s and early 30s who are moving in. According to Parent, they want to live in a walk able community, with good access to transit and the freeways, and restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. They are the “changing face for who lives in and supports La Mesa. Investing their money, their mortgages, their families, and their time in La Mesa.” Affordability is key, with some consideration for new homes, condos, and apartments. “And that’s a good thing. Reinvestment, not displacement,” concluded Parent.
Colin in the News: From The La Mesa Courier - Environmental issues take center stage at November meeting:
The members and guests of La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) have a real treat in store for their Wednesday, Nov. 4 meeting. An expert and newsworthy panel of five environmental activists will speak to our group about topics touching local, regional and national efforts to curb greenhouse gasses and promote sustainable living choices....
Parent is an East County native and graduate of NYU Law School, and the University of California, San Diego. Parent served on the Jerry Brown for Governor 2010 campaign and was appointed by Governor Brown as the Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to working for Governor Brown, he practiced law for three years as a commercial litigator at the San Diego office of the international law firm of DLA Piper US LLP. During 2013 and 2014, he served as the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission. Parent is a serial social entrepreneur in San Diego. He co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that trains young San Diegans to be equipped for civic leadership. As a board member of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego, he chaired the first ever coalition to grade the environmental records of elected officials in the city of San Diego.
Colin in the News: From the Union Tribune - La Mesa group looks to increase civic engagement:
LA MESA — Several La Mesa citizens have formed a civic group that will meet in public forums to discuss matters affecting the city of about 58,000 residents.
The discussion series, "La Mesa Conversations," will consider issues important to the city's future, including water, public safety and downtown redevelopment...
“For small cities like La Mesa, civic engagement is crucial,” committee member Parent said. “We are hosting an ongoing dialogue about how our city will continue to grow and thrive."
September 8, 2015 (La Mesa – La Mesa Conversations, a new civic group organized as a volunteer committee, announced a new series of public programs and social events today. The Committee’s objective is to broaden, enrich and invigorate La Mesa’s civic dialogue on issues of enduring importance to residents citywide...
“For small cities like La Mesa, civic engagement is crucial,” says Colin Parent. “We are hosting an ongoing dialogue about how our city will continue to grow and thrive,” Parent affirms.
Colin in the News: From The Voice of San Diego - What San Diego’s Young Adults Want (and What They Don’t):
Parent says there’s plenty of evidence outside of polls that show San Diego’s Millennials feel the same about smart growth as young people across the nation: prices and rents are getting pushed up most in dense, walkable neighborhoods — and not just places like downtown and North Park, but also in the more walkable, transit-centric parts of suburbs like La Mesa.