LA MESA -- The City Council took a few minutes to put financial worries and public projects aside to honor one of La Mesa's elder statesmen -- former Mayor George Bailey.
The Council honored the former mayor on his
91st birthday and Bailey
took a few minutes to offer some perspective to the city's current leaders.
"You never get done with it,'' Bailey
said of public service.
"City government will be around 100 years from now and they'll be worrying about the problems you were supposed to take care of today!''
, whose tenure as a city council member, mayor and county supervisor, stretches back decades outlined some of the good things government has accomplished locally in his
listed among them the formation of the San Diego Association of Governments
-- known as SANDAG
-- and the East County Economic Development Council
And then he
offered a bit more perspective.
Bailey served as mayor from 1981 to 1984.
Following the presentation, Vice Mayor Dave Allan lead the audience in song and then all adjourned temporarily to share a birthday cake with George and his wife.
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