Grossmont Hospital construction monitoring citizens group has new chair, vice chair

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The volunteer citizens group overseeing how taxpayer money is being spent for construction improvements at Grossmont Hospital has a new chairman and vice chairman. Kathleen Bute of El Cajon, a financial policy and planning officer with the County of San Diego Finance and General Government (FGG) Group, and La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego University professor, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, for a one-year term ending June 30, 2014.
The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents with experience in project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare industries. Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups, according to ICBOC by-laws. Sparrow is serving as a representative of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA), while Bute is serving in a seat designated for a committee member with finance experience. Both Bute and Sparrow joined the ICBOC in 2011.
Bute has more than 26 years of financial service experience with government agencies. She joined the County of San Diego in 1987, and has served with several County departments, including Agriculture, Weights and Measures, Purchasing and Contracting, and Public Works prior to joining the FGG Group. Sparrow, professor emeritus of SDSU’s School of Public Affairs with 25 years of experience in regional and municipal administration, has served on two oversight committees for the City of La Mesa from 2008 to 2010, and the La Mesa Spring Valley School District since 2009 to the present. He is currently chair of the SDCTA’s Healthcare Committee.