La Mesa/Mt. Helix

9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 12 HAS DOZENS OF TASTING OPTIONS

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to taste foods and beverages from dozens of local restaurants at the ninth annual “Taste of La Mesa” being held on Monday, June12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE MEETING ON PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

 

East County News Service

 

May 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 24. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

LA MESA PARK & RECREATION FOUNDATION ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – MAY 19

 

Source: City of La Mesa

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation will hold its annual “La Mesa Rocks!” event to benefit local La Mesa parks on May 19. The proceeds from this event provide FREE family activities such as summer concerts, movies in the park, science days and recreational events for kids.  The Foundation is currently raising funds to renovate playgrounds at Vista La Mesa, Collier and La Mesita parks.

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

Source: City of La Mesa

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted for volunteer positions on the City’s boards and commissions. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 22, 2017, in the City Clerk’s office at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or from the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.us.

SUNDAYS AT SIX: FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to come out and enjoy the line-up of local bands at La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free summer concert series each Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 11-July 23.

LA MESA SALUTES “OLD GLORY” WITH FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa invites you to wear your red, white and blue to salute “Old Glory” at the 20th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 3rd. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. through the La Mesa Downtown Village, led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

NINE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY WARRANT SWEEP

 

East County News Service

May 6, 2017 (La Mesa/Lemon Grove/Rancho San Diego) - The Sheriff's Court Services Bureau Field Unit arrested nine people with outstanding arrest warrants in a sweep on Saturday morning, Sheriff's officials said.  The sweep is part of a law enforcement spread across San Diego's East County.

CELEBRATE MOMS WITH SPECIAL MENU MAY 14 AT FARMER’S TABLE IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to celebrate Mother’s Day at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa, where a special 3-course prix fixe menu will be served up for $38 per person.  A wine pairing is also available for $15.

POLICE AND FIRE BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN MAY 7 BENEFITS HELIX ATHLETICS

 

East County News Service

May 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police and local firefighters invite you to a police and fire basketball showdown at the Helix High School gym on Sunday, May7 at 2 p.m.  Police and Fire department vehicles will also be available for tours.

SHOOTING OUTSIDE JOLT N JOE’S BAR IN LA MESA INJURES GUARD, DAMAGES VEHICLES

 

Police seek leads on suspect, described as bald Hispanic man in white polo shirt

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – A security guard was injured by a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his thigh at 1:35 a.m. outside Jolt N Joe’s Bar.  Several vehicles parked outside were also struck.

BAJA BLUES BOYS TAKE STAGE AT EAST COUNTY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The Baja Blues Boys, known for their original acoustic and electric blues plus roots, Americana and party music, will be performing in several local venues over the next month including locations in La Mesa, Santa Ysabel and Poway.

Below are their appearances in our inland region:

SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Simone Bahou, 52, was arrested April 27th after fleeing from Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Sergeant M. Hettinger, a Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call reporting a suspicious person drinking alcohol in his vehicle behind the CVS store at 3749 Avocado Boulevard in unincorporated La Mesa. Upon arrival, the suspect, (later identified as Bahou, started his vehicle and slowly drove past the deputy as he approached on foot.

HELIX CANCELS MAY 3 BOARD MEETING, SCHEDULES BUDGET WORKSHOPS MAY 3 AND 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District has announced cancellation of its regularly scheduled meeting May 3rd, but will hold two budget workshops on May 3rd and 4th and 4 p.m.  See below for the budget workshop agendas, which are identical both nights.

LA MESA SHOP NAMED AMONG TOP 50 INDIE BOOKSTORES IN U.S.

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bookworms, rejoice! Huffington Post has published a list of the best 50 independent bookstores in the U.S.  Five are here in California – including Maxwell’s House of Books in La Mesa.

HIGHLANDERS SHUT OUT SULTANS 4-0

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 25, 2017 (La Mesa) - Santana High School baseball paid a visit to Helix to take on the Highlanders.  It promised to be a fun matchup, with the Scottie dogs sporting an incredible 13-7 overall record (3-1 in league) coming into today.  The Sultans were even more impressive, coming into the contest undefeated in league play (4-0) and 14-6 overall.  Junior Keaton Chase took the mound for the Highlanders against senior Tristan Salinas for the Sultans.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER TO SHARE EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN ELECTION HACKING MAY 3 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – Was the 2016 presidential election hijacked by Russian hackers?  San Diego investigative reporter John Mattes believes so. The award-winning journalists’ disturbing findings have been published on numerous news sites. On Wednesday, May 3rd, he’ll be presenting his evidence at a meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club at 7 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

AB 805 ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE AS EAST COUNTY CITIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANDAG POWER GRAB

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

“I will argue that my minority and low income citizens have just as much right to be fairly represented as San Diego and Chula Vista.”—Lemon Grove Councilman Jerry Jones

April 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Assembly Bill 805  passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.  The measure claims to  reform SANDAG,  but in fact gives virtually all power to the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, leaving East County cities and other communities in our county powerless to add agenda items to benefit other cities or block objectionable measures at SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District.

Now East County cities are fighting back.   On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council will consider a proposal from Council members Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio to hire a legislative lobbyist to advocate on La Mesa’s behalf against AB 805, which was authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), according to the agenda.

El Cajon’s City Council has voted to oppose AB 805, as did Lemon Grove and La Mesa.  East County Assemblyman Randy Voepel, former Mayor of Santee, voted against the measure in committee.

MONEY FOR HARRY GRIFFEN PARK ON AGENDA FOR HELIX WATER BOARD APRIL 26

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – At the Helix Water Board meeting on Wednesday, the board will discuss funding for Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, at the request of director Mark Gracyk.  For the past five years, Helix has contributed 35 percent of the park’s operation and maintenance costs. Last year, that amounted to $158,629 donated by Helix.

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

 

April 22, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Farmer's Table,  La Mesa's hot new dining spot. 

The restuarant specializes in farm-to-fork fresh cuisine, serving up hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily.  From a farmer's salad to wood-fired pizzas to a black and white tagliolini brimming with shellfish,  you'll find plenty to satisfy your appetite here.

29 ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY WARRANT SWEEPS

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A warrant sweep conducted this morning in Lemon Grove, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego this morning has resulted in 29 adults arrested, clearing 35 warrants. The sweeps were conducted between 6 a.m. and 12 noon by the San Diego Sheriff Department’s Court Services Bureau Field Unit.

BE PREPARED FOR DISASTER – REGISTER FOR THE CERT ACADEMY

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

April 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Are you prepared for a disaster? An earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. Free disaster training will be taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Department in classes that begin May 6th

READER’S EDITORIAL: HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM—PART 3

 

How the City of La Mesa games the system--even when it is not necessaary

By Joseph Glidden

April 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Prop. 218 will make it difficult for La Mesa’s ratepayers to reject the pending sewer rate increase. If the city has its way, it will be impossible.

In order for residents to defeat this proposal, the law requires that 50% (plus one) of the ratepayers submit a written “protest” letter. This is not likely to happen. La Mesans have not rejected a rate increase in recent history. In fact, the last two sewer rate increases have passed with 99.9% of the ratepayers not filing a protest letter. This should have been a red flag at City Hall. It is nearly impossible to get 99.9% of our community to agree on anything, let alone on a sewer rate increase. So how did the city manage such a feat? By gaming the system, of course.

HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM - PART 2



By Joseph Glidden

 

How the City Games the System to Keep Its Residents Uninformed, Unengaged, and Uninspired.

April 11, 2017 (La Mesa)--The Strategic Planning Workshop is arguably the city council’s most important public meeting of the year. Police, Fire and city employees are always well represented, but few residents are in attendance. The city does little to promote civic engagement. If anything, it actively discourages community involvement in the following ways:

HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM—PART 1



 

How the City Games the System Through Sampling Bias

By Joseph Glidden

April 10, 2017 (La Mesa) --At its annual Town Hall Meetings, the City of La Mesa gathers skewed data that is then uses to make important decisions at the Strategic Planning Session held later in the year. While the town hall meetings might give the illusion of civic engagement, the data collected is misleading at best. Once again the City Council is busy with the irrelevant, at the expense of the essential.  

La Mesa has been holding annual town hall meetings for the past 10 years. One on the east side of town and the other on the west. Over the years and at both locations, the concerns voiced by residents have been conspicuously similar. Why would this be so?

CITIES REBEL AGAINST STATE BILL TO INCREASE SAN DIEGO’S CLOUT ON SANDAG, TAKING POWER AWAY FROM OUR REGION’S SMALLER CITIES AND THE COUNTY

 

La Mesa to vote April 11 on resolution to oppose AB 805

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Elected leaders in numerous local cities are gearing up to oppose a state bill that critics warn weaken the voices and voting power of smaller cities on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), as well as the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District.  The bill gives more power to the city of San Diego, which critics contend will mean not enough clout by representatives from the county or other cities in the region to pass, block, or even place items on the agenda.

APRIL POOLS DAY: APRIL 8 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (La Mesa) -- April Pools Day, a free event for the whole family, will be held Saturday, April 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Municipal Pool, 5100 Memorial Drive.  The event promotes water safety in preparation for May, which is Drowning Prevention Month.

PHILANTHROPIST AND ENVIRONMENTALIST TOM STEYER SPEAKS APRIL 5 IN LA MESA

 

By Devorah Ann Fox

March 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – California philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer will speak at the La Mesa – Foothills Democratic Club meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at the La Mesa Recreation Center.  A 6:30 p.m. snack and social hour will precede his 7 p.m. speech and a question and answer period.

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