“Dr. A,” as he is called by his students, supporters and friends, discussed new La Mesa projects and development opportunities. The topics ranged from the La Mesa Village street scape renovation project to his new role as mayor compared to his eight years of serving as a La Mesa city councilman. In the November 2014 election, Araposthathis (pronounced uh-WRAP-oh-sta-THIS) unseated Art Madrid who had been La Mesa’s mayor for nearly a quarter of a century.
“La Mesa’s demographics are changing with a growing number of younger families who are looking for more parks and recreation services and cultural arts,” said Araposthathis. “The city is in good shape financially. I’m proud to sell La Mesa. Our quality of life is high. It’s a good place to raise a family and retire.”
Among the topics Arapostathis discussed with PSAR members:
Arapostathis also expressed excitement about the plans of the Depot Springs Beer Co. to build a restaurant, bakery, amphitheater and distillery in 30,000 square feet at a retail center at 9160-9188 Fletcher Parkway, near Dallas Street. Depot Springs is expected to open later this year.
A graduate of Helix High School, co-creator of the La Mesa Arts Academy and director of the Peter Pan Junior Theater, Arapostathis has taught in the public schools for the past 24 years and is a past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award. Dr. A has championed many programs in La Mesa, including Safe Routes to School, a program that encourages students to walk and ride bicycles to school, and the Neighborhood Watch and emergency preparedness programs, designed to promote safer streets and communities and help residents get prepared for emergencies.