La Mesa

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS "SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO" APRIL 29

 

March 16, 2015 (La Mesa)-- On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join a unique evening and opportunity to meet some of the local businesses within the community. The “Spring Fling - Business Expo” is a new event that has been requested by local businesses to provide them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

12 BANDS HEADLINE HARPFEST HARMONICA EXTRAVAGANZA: APRIL 4 IN LA MESA

 

March 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--World-renowned Kim Wilson will headline this year’s Spring Harp Fest XVI on Saturday, April 4thwith 12 of California’s top bands at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LA MESA SELECTS A NEW POLICE CHIEF

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--La Mesa City Manager Dave Witt has announced the selection of 28 ½ year City of San Diego Police Department veteran Walter (Walt) Vasquez, as the City’s new Chief of Police.

Witt said that Vasquez competed against candidates from outside the organization and proved that he has exceptional qualities that will help him succeed in his new position. Vasquez is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of San Diego overseeing the Canine Unit, SWAT, Communications Division, Information Services, Property Room, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. Vasquez will replace La Mesa Chief of Police Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after 30 years of service.

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REVIEW: GOODBYE CHARLIE

 

A Comedy by George Axelrod

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

Presented at the Lamplighters Community Theatre

March 6 -29, 2015

http://www.LamplightersLamesa.com

Directed By George Bailey

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) - Have you heard the news? Lamplighters La Mesa has returned. After being dark for several years Lamplighters has reopened in a new location. 5915 Severin Drive. Goodbye Charlie is the third show. Previously they produced "Same Time Next Year" and "Murder at the Howard Johnson's." It looks like they have a season of comedy planned for us.

FUN WITH PHYSICS: APRIL 18 IN LA MESA

 

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--Fun with Physics is Saturday April 18, from 9:00 am – 12 noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club at Highwood Park, 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, 91941.  Fun with Physics introduces all ages and the family to fun hands-on science experiments.  Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more. The city of La Mesa invites you to come join the fun.

CELTIC MUSICAL GROUP HIGHLAND WAY CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT HOOLEY'S IRISH PUB IN LA MESA

 

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) – In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day,  the Celtic musical group Highland Way will perform at Hooley’s Irish Pub, located at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Tuesday, March 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.

LA MESA COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON SENIOR LIVING FACILITY AND VILLAGE PARKING

By Janis Russell

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council voted to move forward on negotiations with Westmont Companies for development of a senior living facility adjacent to Briercrest Park. The Council also set an optional $25,000/parking space fee for a space in a conceptual parking building, for expanding Village businesses in lieu of providing additional on-site parking.

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NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

March 9,2015 (San Diego’s East County)--On Friday, March 6, 2015 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee crowned winners in the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  The programs have been traditions in the cities since the late 1960’s and provide mentoring for young women.  Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and La Mesa Vice Mayor Ruth Sterling were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2015 Tiffany Hoffman, Miss Teen La Mesa 2015 Kaitilyn Mayhue, Miss Santee 2015 Rebecca Hudson and Miss Teen Santee 2015 Heather Cantin.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --Two suspects are under arrest on suspicion of two armed robberies that occurred yesterday—one at Fashion Valley shopping mall and the other at a Vons store in La Mesa.

ARTWORK FROM SOPHIE'S GALLERY ON DISPLAY AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

 

March 4, 2015 (La Mesa) - The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring artwork from Sophie’s Art Gallery, an off-campus art program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a non-profit, non-denominational organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY & GALLERY ANNOUNCES MARCH EVENTS

 

 

March  2015 (La Mesa) – The San Pasqual Winery announces a series of events in March at its tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown Village.  Events include concerts, painting classes, and a wine, women and wealth event.  Below is a full schedule, provided by the winery. For details, visit http://www.sanpasqualwinery.com.

CHAMBER’S “CABARET” EVENT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HEROES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (La Mesa)—The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce celebrated the accomplishments of local police, fire, medical response and senior volunteers at its annual “Salute to Heroes” banquet on February 18th at the Town and Country Hotel’s Golden Ballroom. 

The event also featured installation of officers and a “Come to the Cabaret” theme complete with New York cabaret singer Devlin, pianist Chris Drury, and a cabaret cake cooked up by Grove Pastry Shop.

This year’s honorees were:

SPRING HEADED TO COLLIER PARK

By Kristin Kjaero

February 24, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents can look forward someday to new life for the city’s oldest park, as the La Mesa City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the Collier Park Project Master Plan and Environmental Impact Report for its proposed renovation.

Much of the site is undeveloped, and the new plan makes use of this space, lowering the top of the hill by 20 feet to create a larger usable area. When funding can be found, development will be undertaken in phases corresponding to four project areas: Panhandle, Spring House, History Hill and Collier Club House.

Planned amenities include renovated tennis courts and restrooms, picnic area, ADA accessible walking paths and interpretive signage throughout, three separate playground areas aimed for growing age groups, two gazebos, a giant outdoor chess set, a bocce court, a hillside amphitheater, drainage for the soggy lower portion, and a club building with outdoor event area and ceremonial stage.

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PIZZA CARJACKER HALTED BY HAZMAT SPILL

By Leon Thompson

February 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Happy’s Pizza delivery person was not so happy Monday night when he was held up at gunpoint by two masked suspects. 

The thieves called in a pizza order and when the delivery driver arrived at a house in the 1100 block of West Chase Avenue in El Cajon, they brandished a gun and stole his SUV, cell phone, cash and even his shoes, El Cajon Police Department reports.

The suspects handed off the stolen SUV to a woman near the 1200 block of El Cajon Boulevard.  She drove into La Mesa, where she encountered a street closure on Amaya Drive due to a hazmat incident from a big rig fuel spill.  La Mesa Police spotted the stolen vehicle and stopped the driver to question her.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNSET IN LA MESA

 

 

February 22, 2015 (La Mesa) – Miriam Raftery snapped this brilliantly hued sunset earlier this month, when the setting sun mirrored an amber glow from a streetlamp in the parking lot at the La Mesa Springs shopping center.

HELIX WATER TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON WATER RATE STRUCTURE FEB. 18

East County News Service

February 17, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Helix Water District Board meets Wednseday, February 18 at 2 p.m. (7811 University Ave., La Mesa).

The agenda includes a workshop on water rate structure cost of service. Oddly, as of Tuesday afternoon, the agenda packet did not include any details on a proposed water rate structure for the public to review prior to the meeting, raising questions over adequacy of public notice under the Ralph M. Brown Act.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKING TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS WITH 2015 HEALTHCARE HERO AWARDS

 

February 16, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is soliciting nominees for its 2015 Healthcare Hero Awards. Now in its ninth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Nomination forms are available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Deadline for submission of entries is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., in La Mesa.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

February 13, 2015 (La Mesa) – Robert Mixon, 25, of San Diego is under arrest after allegedly trying to steal a purse from a woman at the trolley station at 70th Street and Alvarado Road in  La Mesa.

CRIME DOWN, LA MESA POLICE CHIEF REPORTS

 

Council also heard city’s quarterly financial report and filled Parking Commission vacancy

By Janis Russell

February 13, 2015 (La Mesa)- At the La Mesa city council meeting Tuesday,  former Police Chief Ed Aceves presented the quarterly crime report-and some good news:  crime last year declined from 2013. Chief Aceves said the crime rate overall is down, “the lowest it’s been since 2011.”

He also presented  charts.  One showed that in 2014, there were no homicides.  However there were  16 rapes, 68 robberies, and 124 aggravated assaults (assault with some type of injury). The aggravated assault  had the biggest increase from 2013. 28 robbery cases were cleared, or solved, in 2014.

A HEART-WARMING RESPONSE FOR FIREFIGHTER AWAITING HEART TRANSPLANT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, right: Adam Beardsley and his wife, Megan

Update February 19, 2015 -- Adam Beardsley received a new heart two days ago and is doing very well, a Heartland Fire official announced at last night's La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Salute to Heroes event.

Update February 15, 2015--Rust Accounting has sent us a final tally for the event, which raised over $18,000 from an estimated 1,000 guests who attended.

February 11, 2015 (La Mesa) –Hundreds of community members turned out Sunday at the Bolt Brewery in La Mesa at a fundraiser to help cover expenses for Adam Beardsley, a 33-year-old Heartland Deputy Fire Marshal in need of a heart transplant. 

“He has such as big heart,” Monica Zech, public information officer for the City of El Cajon, said of Beardsley. She added that he remains in good spirits at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital, where he has been a patient since January 6th, awaiting a heart donor.  “But he didn’t want this to be just about him,” she said, adding that Beardsley helps publicity on the shortage of organ donors will ultimately help others, too.

A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people. Currently over 110,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Nearly 1,600 people are on the waiting list for a organ transplant in San Diego and Imperial Counties. For information about organ donation, click here.

KIWANIS CLUB'S DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS SERVING LA MESA

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2015 (La Mesa)--Chartered in February 1940, the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a special, invitation only event at the La Mesa Community Center on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  An opportunity drawing will be held.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvers will be served, and there will be a no-host bar. Although the event is by invitation only, persons interested in attending may contact the event chair, Glenna Bloemen, at 619-743-5192 to receive an invitation.

HEART TRANSPLANT NEEDED: BENEFIT FOR LA MESA DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL

Bolt Brewery to hold fundraiser Sun. 2/8 at 1:00 p.m.

By Kristin Kjaero

February 7, 2014 (La Mesa) – 33-year old Heartland Deputy Fire Marshal Adam Beardsley needs a heart transplant, and his colleagues at Heartland are holding a fundraiser February 8 to help with the unexpected expenses. Proceeds from an opportunity drawing with prizes and t-shirts sales will go to help the family, and Bolt Brewery has agreed to donate back 50%. Donations can be made on-line here.

Since January 6 Beardsley has been living at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital. His wife, Megan Beardsley, commutes from her job at SDSU to visit him on weekends, taking on double expenses to rent an apartment close to the hospital. Beardley’s wife, sister, and parents all drive to Los Angeles on different days, so that one of them is with him at all times while waiting for a life-saving call when a donor heart may be found.

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SUSPECTED CASE OF MEASLES AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL IN LA MESA

 

Reprinted with permission from www.ReportingSanDiego.com

By Nadin Abbott

Feb. 6, 2015 (La Mesa) Earlier in the day a patient came to Grossmont Hospital with what looked like measles. According to the twitter page the Emergency Room at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive was closed.

The ER is now open, and the patient has been put in isolation, this is per the hospital twitter feed.

DINE YOUR HEART OUT: VALENTINE SPECIAL AT BO BEAU'S RESTAURANT

 

February 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Love is in the air at Bo-Beau's Restaurant in La Mesa, East County's only member of the esteemed Cohn Restaurants.  Chef Neil has put together a three-course menu with a shared dessert to showcase his cuisine on Valentine’s Day for $49.95 per person. 

Start with a teaser of escargot, heart beet bisque or red scarlett gem salad to whet your appetite. Then savor an entree, choosing from roasted chicken, steak, scallops, quinoa cakes or gnocchi alfredo. As a finale, share a mini ved velte torte complete with white chocolate mousse, raspberry sorbet and strawberry pearls.

HAZMAT INCIDENT IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

Photo by Craig Maxwell

February 5, 2015 (La Mesa)--A Hazmat crew was dispatched to downtown La Mesa this morning after a city engineering crew found an underground storage tank.  Fire crews were summoned and after abnormal readings were found, a Hazmat crew as called in. 

The old storage tank contained no gas, but did have trace amounts of kerosene and water, Sonny Saghera, public information officer for Heartland Fire and Rescue, told East County Magazine. The tank was too old to show up on any city records and may predate the century-old city.

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO ISLAMIC GROUP

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2015 (La Mesa) – San Diego Police have arrested John David Weissinger, 53, of La Mesa for making a criminal threat against the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  He is also charged with illegally owning, buying or selling an illegal large-capacity ammunition magazine.

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS “LOUIS AND IRVING, THE MOVIE MOGULS” JAN. 23-25

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa)--Journey back to the world of 1930s cinema in the play "Louis and Irving, The Movie Moguls." Lamplighter Theatre in La Mesa’s performances continue this week on January 23rd and 25th..

The play portrays the early days of MGM, one of the most successful film studios of all time--all made possible by the two very different, yet passionate, movie moguls Louis B. Mayor and Irving  G.Thalberg.

NEW CEO NAMED AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

 

January 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital has announced that Scott Evans, Pharm.D, MHA, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital in East San Diego County.

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