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MAYOR MADRID BYPASSES COUNCIL, SIGNS COMMENDATION TO DECLARE LA MESA A FAIR TRADE TOWN

October 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – Last year, La Mesa Council voted 3 to 2 against declaring La Mesa a “Fair Trade Town.”  But on October 12, Mayor Art Madrid signed a commendation letter posted on the Fair Trade La Mesa website. Under a rule change by the national Fair Trade Towns USA group, La Mesa has now been granted the designation despite Council's objection, drawing both controversy and praise.

PURSE ROBBERY NEAR GROSSMONT CENTER; SUSPECTS FLED IN SILVER VEHICLE

October 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – Last night around 7:35 p.m., a male suspect robbed a female or her purse as she walked near Grossmont Center shopping mall in La Mesa. The suspect grabbed her purse from behind near the the intersection of Grossmont Center Drive and Healthcare Drive.  The victim lost her balance in the struggle and fell to the ground but declined medical treatment.

The suspect entered a silver, two-door vehicle that was being driven by another male.

HERE’S THE SCOOP: BASKIN ROBBINS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, SUSPECTS REMAIN AT LARGE

October 25, 2012 (La Mesa) – Two visitors to the Baskin Robbins store in La Mesa tonight weren’t looking for Rocky Road or Rainbow Sherbert. Instead, the men forced employees to the floor at gunpoint, then robbed the ice cream shop located at 8807 La Mesa Blvd.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

October 25, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • Scout files show abuse in county (U-T San Diego)
  • La Mesa ready to allow beer and wine-making (U-T San Diego)
  • U.S. to study cancer risk near San Onofre nuclear plant (KPBS)
  • Appeals court deals another blow to sprawling Fanita Ranch project (Santee Patch)
  • DeMaio once attacked tax hike he now champions (Voice of San Diego)
  • U-T San Diego publishes questionable poll in mayoral race (LGTB Times/Free Press)
  • California woman survives car bombing, husband’s double life (ABC)
  • Another DeMaio scandal: U.S. attorney Laura Duffy (LGTB Weekly)
  • San Vicente Dam reaches full height (FoxCT)

STATE

  • California has lowered number of uninsured children (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown accuses anti-tax group of illegal money laundering (Sacramento Bee)
  • Medical pot growers ravage state forest habitat (Sacramento Bee)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN "OUR PLANET, OUR HOME" K-12 ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY AND ART CONTEST

October 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Not only does their creativity bring a smile, but the breadth of ideas, ages and techniques will make a lovely, rounded exhibition. It is exciting each year to see what the students will come up with for the "Our Home, Our Planet" K-12 Environmental Literacy and Art contest. 

Awards will be handed out by Mayor Art Madrid on the Festival Stage of the "Sustain La Mesa" Environmental Festival at 10:00 a.m. on October 27 at Harry Griffen Park.

ROTARY HOSTS GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER OCT. 27 IN SAN CARLOS

October 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is having a Garage Sale Fundraiser on October 27th, 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. at 6210 Lakeshore Dr. San Diego 92119 (San Carlos area). Merchandise available includes household items, electronics, quality clothing, children’s equipment and clothing, garden plants and cuttings, sports equipment, furniture and much more.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

October 18, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

STATE

  • Foreclosures drop dramatically statewide (Sacramento Bee)
  • Cal-Pers approves 85% rate hike for long-term care (Sacramento Bee)

LOCAL

  • State denies SDG&E bailout (10 News)
  • Judge delays SDG&E trial amid noose talk (UT San Diego)
  • San Diego Supervisors vote to charge poor for their Sixth Amendment rights (Citybeat)
  • Lawsuit says police shouldn’t decide who is a reporter (UT San Diego)
  • Unplugging wind subsidies: Looming end of wind (UT San Diego)
  • Bilbray, Peters spar in first debate (UT San Diego)
  • The race for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • State Treasurer: Fire Poway bond staff (Voice of San Diego)
  • CPUC launches  probe of San Onofre, its costs (UT San Diego)
  • Charter school in La Mesa ranked eighth in state in API scores
  • Real DeMaio doesn’t live up to ‘taxpayer watchdog’ name (Voice of San Diego)
  • SDGLN won’t accept pro-Filner ads (CityBeat)
  • Trailer Parks in La Mesa? One Council Candidate Welcomes the Idea 

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

BREW HA HA COMEDY PRESENTS FRIDAY NIGHTS AT MESA GRILL IN HOLIDAY INN, LA MESA

October 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – Brew Ha Ha announces comedy performances on Friday nights at the Mesa Grill, Holiday Inn La Mesa. The program debuts October 19 with comics from NBC’s Friday night, the Latino Laugh Festival and Comedy Central’s Danny Villalpando as well as the “Amazing” Al Gavi.

MOM ROBBED WHILE HOLDING TODDLER IN LA MESA

October 14, 2012 (La Mesa)—A woman carrying her 2-year-old child in the 8000 block of University Avenue in La Mesa was pushed  from behind, then robbed of her purse at 7:30 p.m. last night. 

According to La Mesa Police, the victim was crossing the street when the man shoved her in the back, then stole her purse and fled.  Neither the woman nor her child were injured.  The suspect remains at large.

BARRICADED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN LA MESA

October 8, 2012 (La Mesa)—Last night at 9:06 p.m., La Mesa Police responded to a report that a man had pushed a woman in the 4200 block of Lowell Avenue.  During the investigation, it was determined that the male had an active felony warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender and was still inside the residence.

Officers spoke to the suspect, Michael Wilson, through the locked screen door for several minutes, but he refused to come out.  According to police, Wilson, 46, made verbal threats to the officers that he had a weapon and would not come out without a fight.

FROM RAVING POLKA TO GERMAN BRATS: LA MESA OKTOBERFEST TAKES TO THE STREETS OCT. 5-7

October 5, 2012 (La Mesa) – Oktoberfest has been a tradition in La Mesa for 35 years, growing from a small street fair to a three-day fest that now draws over 186,000 attendees and 400 vendors. La Mesa Chamber has partnered with La Mesa Village Merchants Association, founders of the event. 

This year’s festivities include not only such German favorites as bratwurst, beer, and a Raving Polka band, but also more contemporary favorites such as CarTune Dogs playing classic rock and Jumpin’ Jack Flash mobile music all weekend long.

MAN SHOT IN HEAD IN LA MESA; POLICE SEEK TWO SUSPECTS SEEN RUNNING FROM SCENE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

On October 5, 2012 (La Mesa)—At 5:22 p.m. yesterday, La Mesa Police Department received reports of “shots heard” and a victim on the ground in the area of 5800 Amarillo Avenue. Upon arrival, La Mesa Police Officers found an unknown white male lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to the head.  He was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

HEARTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS OCTOBER 13, 2012

 

October 4, 2012 (East County, San Diego) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue will be hosting three Fire Open House events on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Lemon Grove, El Cajon and La Mesa. 

This is an opportunity to receive free safety tools and important lessons for you and your children.

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN GOLD SEDAN FOLLOWING ROBBERY AT KNIFEPOINT IN LA MESA

September 29, 2012 (La Mesa)—A man waiting at a bus stop in the 5200 block of Baltimore Drive in La Mesa reported that he was robbed at knife point at 6:05 this morning.  The victim told police that a gold-four door sedan pulled up by the bus stop. A man with a goatee got out and held a knife to the victim’s side while a woman grabbed the victim’s backpack.

KIDS CARE FEST GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY TO MEET CHILDREN’S NEEDS

By Janis Mork

September 29, 2012 (La Mesa)—At Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Briar Patch Campus, families flocked to the 11th annual Kidscare Fest, a free event just for kids. Over 1200 kids were in attendance at the September 22 event.

APARTMENT FIRE IN LA MESA DISPLACES TWO ADULTS

September 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – A resident sleeping in an apartment at 5300 Marengo Avenue was awakened this afternoon by smoke. Seeing flames coming from her stove, she tried to douse the fire with water, which caused the fire to spread. She then evacuated the apartment, which suffered $50,000 in damages to the structure and contents.

WITNESSES, CLERK HELP FOIL ARMED ROBBERY

September 24, 2012 (La Mesa)—A man who reportedly robbed the 7Q Liquor Store at 7401 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa at gunpoint is in custody tonight, thanks to the actions of a clerk and other witnesses.  Police apprehended Luis Alonso Cruz Magana, 24, of San Diego in the 4800 block of Jessie Avenue shortly after the robbery.

SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFE PRESENTS FEATURE POET KATE HARDING AT OPEN MIC NIGHT SEPT. 27

September 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – Space Bar Internet Café hosts an Open Mic night on the fourth Thursday each month from 7:30-10 p.m. at 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa.

This week, poet Kate Harding, a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, will join host Jim Moreno.  Her first collection of poetry, "Santa Monica Disposal and Salvage," has earned praise from Steve Kowit, Marge Piercy and Diane Wakoski. Writing under the pen name Penny Perry and as Kate Harding, her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Poetry International, Earth's Daughters, Spillway, and the San Diego Poetry Annual. Kate is the fiction editor for the new on-line Knot Journal. She was a fellow at the American Film Institute and her movie, "A Berkeley Christmas" aired on PBS. 

HELP CREATE A LIVING PHOTO HISTORY OF EAST COUNTY! OCT. 7 DEADLINE

September 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Help tell East County’s story through  photos! 

The Far East Project, a print/multimedia anthology and performance project, is comprised of personal narratives, interviews and histories from East County communities and residents.  This living history project for our region is sponsored by San Diego Foundation Arts and Culture Foundation along with So Say We All.

You’re invited to submit photos that “capture the soul of East County” as you see it.  Deadline for entries is Sunday, October 7, 2012.

HA-HA HEIGHTS AT HARITNA MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT SEPT. 19-20

September 18, 2012 (La Mesa)—Comedians from Brew Ha-Ha will perform September 19 and 20 at Haritna, which was voted #1 Mediterranean Restaurant in San Diego’s A-list 2012. Haritna is located at 7303 El Cajon Blvd. at the corner of 734d Street in LA Mesa. http://www.haritnarestaurant.com.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKS TWO ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

September 12, 2012 (La Mesa) – The volunteer citizens committee overseeing the expenditure of millions of dollars in construction improvements at Grossmont Hospital is seeking two additional members.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight (ICBOC) is overseeing how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending $247 million in capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents with experience in project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare industries.

OUR PLANET, OUR HOME CONTEST: ARE WE READY FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS?

 

September 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Environmental Sustainability Commission invites students to enter the “Our Planet, Our Home” Environmental Literacy & Art Contest.

In this Centennial year, the students (our future!) are challenged with a theme: Big changes start with small steps, and every great development starts with a vision or dream. What solutions or inventions can you dream up to shape the kind of world you want to pass on to the youth of the next century?

OKTOBERFEST KICKOFF PARTY SEPT. 12 IN LA MESA

September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join in kicking off the biggest community event in the region - 2012 Oktoberfest. The three-day Oktoberfest annually brings in over 200,000 people to La Mesa. The Chamber’s preview kick-off will be held September 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Continental Catering, 8238 Parkway Drive, La Mesa.

This event is free to Oktoberfest volunteers. Chamber Member & all guests pay $10 per person.

2012 KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 22: FREE HEALTH CARE SCREENINGS FOR 1,000 CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12 IN LA MESA

 


September 1, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 22 will be the date for the 2012 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event featuring free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be the 11th annual Kids Care Fest event. The public is invited to attend.


LA MESA FIT BODY BOOT CAMP HOSTS OPEN HOUSE SEPT. 8 TO BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL



September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Fit Body Boot Camp, a program designed to help its clientele achieve fitness and weight management goals in a fun and motivating atmosphere, will host an open house on Saturday September 8 from 4:00--8:00 p.m. The event includes an 80s band and DJ, plus a raffle with all proceeds going to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Talks on fitness and nutrition will be provided, as well as fitness demonstrations, chair massages, fitness games, entertainment and healthy food. Raffle prizes include an iPad2 and a six-month personal training program.

SAVOR SOME HISTORY WITH YOUR COFFEE AT BUGSY’S BREW IN LA MESA

 
By Miriam Raftery
September 1, 2012 (La Mesa)—At Bugsy’s Brew Coffee, La Mesa’s newest java joint, owner Dan Moran serves up some colorful history along with coffee drinks named after famous gangsters such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Ma Barker. The shop's slogan, “So good it should be illegal,” also hints at a delicious whiff of controversy.
“I named the place after my grandfather,” says Moran, a San Diego native with an infamous family tree. 
His grandfather, George “Bugs” Moran, ran Chicago bootlegging operation during Prohibition. Moran's gang was gunned down in the notorious St. Valentine’s Day massacre in 1929, reportedly on the orders of Al Capone. Ironically, Moran’s life was spared--thanks to a coffee shop.

LA-Z-BOY OPENS IN LA MESA

 

September 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – On August 30, La-Z-Boy hosted a special launch party at its new location at 8185 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.  A private reception and ribbon cutting ceremony was held and guests were given a chance to browse the store’s selection of furniture and discuss decorating needs with La-Z-Boy design professionals. 

SECOND WOMAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VAN IN LA MESA

August 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Two elderly women struck by a Chevrolet Express van while crossing Calle Verde in La Mesa on August 13 have died of their traumatic injuries.

Jean Gastelum, 77, passed away on August 16 at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Her friend, Dorothy Stephens, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene before a medical helicopter arrived.

Both women were residents of La Mesa.

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION REPORTED NEAR HELIX HIGH

August 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have issued a warning that a man in a “beat up” white small or medium pickup truck attempted to lure a 16-year-old female student into his vehicle. The girl was walking to Helix High School at 8 a.m. today in the 7500 block of University Ave. when the suspect pulled up next to her, got out of his truck and told her, “Hey, get in my car.” 

LA MESA WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY VAN

August 16, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Dorothy Stephens, 85, was walking in a crosswalk with a friend on August 13 around 7:30 p.m. when they were struck by an oncoming truck.

Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she died before a medical helicopter arrived. Cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.
 

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