June 30, 2012 (La Mesa) --La Mesa Police along with the Sheriff's helicopter and K9 officers are looking for a “dangerous person” in the area of Culowee and Clearview tonight. The suspect may be armed, Incident Page Network states.
He is a white male wearing a black hat and black shirt. Please call 911 if you see him.
June 23, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police and El Cajon Police with assistance from San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter are currently involved in a police activity in the Fletcher Parkway/Dallas vicinity.. The public is advised to avoid the area. Officers are looking for a stolen vehicle, silver Nissan Pickup Plate 8V91560
If you see this vehicle do not approach, contact 911.
- Regional Chamber of Commerce paints hopeful picture of economic recovery (Ramona Patch)
- SD Unified bringing back all laid off teachers (Voice of San Diego)
- Switching on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink (UTSanDiego)
- New initiative launches in San Diego to reclaim science’s role in policy decisions (KPBS)
- Helix leader Rani Goyal got $56,000 severance in settlement deal (La Mesa Patch)
- The Starting Line: SDG&E’s Trojan Horse (San Diego Free Press)
- UT CEO’s last media company sold interviews (CityBeat)
- Man fatally stabbed in unincorporated La Mesa (La Mesa Patch)
- California Dems resist Gov. Brown’s welfare plans (San Jose Mercury News)
- California schools facing shorter year (Sacramento Bee)
- Viewpoint: Voters have a right to know how much loopholes are costing state (Sacramento Bee)
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa)—Police seek public help to locate two men who robbed the Sam’s Market at 9:40 p.m. last night.
The suspects entered the store at 7587 University Avenue in La Mesa and one suspect displayed a brown handgun, demanding cash from the clerk. After the clerk complied, the suspects left the store on foot. They were last seen running westbound on Sturgess Avenue from Parks Avenue.
June 20, 2012 (La Mesa) – Tonight at 10:16 p.m.., La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim, 22, told officers he was robbed while buying a movie ticket at the Grossmont Theaters in Grossmont Shopping Center.
June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – Gingham Restaurant is hosting Backyard Movie Nights on its patio, at 8384 La Mesa Boulevard every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show will go on rain or shine and the popcorn is free.
This year’s concerts through the decades will honor the centennial
June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation presents the 2012 “Sundays at Six” Summer concerts beginning June 10 at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa at 6:00 p.m. The series of free concerts will continue through June, July and August.
Article by Kristin Kjaero
Video by Kristin Kjaero and Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Flag Day Parade reminds us that Centennials are a time to reflect.
- Bill protects businesses from disability act suits (Sacramento Bee)
- Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters (California Watch)
- More water to be shipped to California; good news for avocado growers (North County Times)
- Fire Chief saves colleague’s life (NBC)
- AT&T opposes SDG&E wildfire recovery request (North County Times)
- Civic leader Jim Wieboldt drops out of race for La Mesa City Council (La Mesa Patch)
- Grossmont and Alvarado hospitals get B and C grades for safety (La Mesa Patch)
- Bullets fired in field hit close to residents, Hanson Elementary (Ramona Patch)
- Man Who Tried To Kill Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison (10 News)
Update: Mr. McKenzie has been found safely, ECM has been informed by family.
May 22, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police seek public help to find A.McKenzie, last seen in a silver 2011 Honda Insight (license CA 6SCK316) heading west on I-8 at 2 a.m. on May 21 near Pine Valley. His daughter found what appeared to be a suicide note at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
By Miriam Raftery
May 12, 2012 (La Mesa) – A plucky group of La Mesa residents turned out at last week’s Council hearing to ask that smaller property owners be granted the right to raise chickens and savor fresh eggs.
Councilwoman Ruth Sterling asked to add consideration of chicken ownership to this Tuesday’s agenda for a discussion by Council.
May 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—A transient who destroyed a room at the Motel 6 barricaded himself in a room late last night triggered a response from the La Mesa Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) and temporary evacuation of the motel.
By Kate Yapjoco
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Tom Hallman Jr. will be discussing his new book, “A Strangers Gift” at Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The book shares Hallman’s journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer. Hallman interviewed 13 ordinary people from all walks of life about finding purpose in life through faith. The book describes their journeys of faith and how it changed or affected their lives.
La Mesa Police Department’s Captain Dan Willis was one of the 13 people interviewed for the book.
- Ramona wines beat French varieties in competition (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Council deadlocked on PBID approval, will make decision in July (La Mesa Patch)
- $1 billion hospital opens (Valley Roadrunner)
- DEA “accidentally” left forgotten suspect in holding cell for 5 days (UT San Diego)
- 6 La Mesa officers exonerated in fatal shooting of Andrew Yacko (La Mesa Patch)
- Lloyd Jr pleads guilty to manslaughter in Santee teen Carioscias’ death (Santee Patch)
- Lemon Grove School District cuts 30 jobs (UT San Diego)
- Voice of San Diego series: Who is….
- Other mayoral coverage:
- Filner releases pension plan (UT San Diego)
- Fletcher pledges to make cycling, transit a priority (Reader)
- Fletcher-GOP feud still going strong: party sues candidate over $5,000 fundraiser (UT San Diego)
- The Fletcher Flim-Flam (OB Rag)
- The unfortunate trajectory of Carl DeMaio (Citybeat)
- San Diego takes water fight public (New York Times)
- UCAN reaches settlement to allow group to go on (UT San Diego)
- California rakes in healthcare grants (Saramento Bee)
- Environmentalists feeling burned by rush to build big solar projects (Los Angeles Times)
- Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates Genesis Solar project (Los Angeles Times)
- Calif. Public Utilities Commission: PG&E smart meter “opt out” fees suspended
- Diablo Canyon reactor gets some unwelcome guests
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police arrested two suspects in the November 22 robbery of the Best Buy store located at 8401 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. The two males had entered the store, the first suspect grabbed two laptop computers, and both of them walked towards the exit without paying for the merchandise. When stopped by a store employee, the first suspect brandished a firearm as they ran out of the store. They fled the area in a red two door Chevy Camaro.
By Miriam Raftery
April 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Frank Read, former proprietor of Read Pharmacy, celebrated his 100th birthday in November 2011—shortly before the city of La Mesa ushered in its centennial year in 2012.
In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, he shared boyhood memories of our region—and recollections of his many adventures along the roads he’s traveled in his extended life.
(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!
April 15, 2012 (La Mesa) – An unarmed, uniformed security guard was robbed of cash and a cell phone by two men, one armed with a hunting knife. The incident occurred on April 13 at approximately 9:49 p.m. at the Parkway Pointe Condominium Complex located at 7500 Parkway Drive in La Mesa. La Mesa police have released descriptions of the suspects.
- Radiation from Japan disaster found along California coast (ABC)
- If California taxpayers paid up, state’s deficit would disappear (Sacramento Bee)
- High-stakes vote nears in California water waters (KPBS)
- California deer population declines as habitat disappears (Sacramento Bee)
- La Mesa, El Cajon to get armored vehicle (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Program to help chronically homeless showing results (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Abandoned orchards must be monitored for pests (Sacramento Bee)
- 15-year-old Santana High School student injured in crash awakens from coma (Santee Patch)
- U.S. says beware of ads placed by drug smugglers (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- El Cajon City Council fills vacancy (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- La Mesa home prices trending up (La Mesa Today)
- Feds misled by SoCal Edison on San Onofre changes, group says (KPBS)
Update April 11, 2012 3 p.m. - The missing boy has been found and is safe, Monica Zech, spokesperson for El Cajon, has informed ECM.
April 11, 2012 (La Mesa)--San Diego Police seek public help to locate Geoffrey William Antibagos, 14. The boy, who has autism, was last seen at the Amaya Trolley Station in La Mesa at 4 pm. Tuesday, April 9 by trolley security. He was wearing blue jeans with a grey T-shirt that reads “Grossmont HS” on the front. He is white, 5 feet 7 inches, 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
April 7, 2012 (La Mesa) –The Oversight Board of the La Mesa Successor Agency will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 12 in the La Mesa Police Department Community Room, 8085 University Avenue in La Mesa.
Topics will include the future of redevelopment in La Mesa after the State eliminated the current structure for redevelopment agencies. The committee will select a chair and take other actions; see full agenda for details.
March 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – The 13th Annual Spring Harp Fest will be held at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa on April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Featured performers include Jon Gindick, Harmonica John with the Bayou Brothers and many more.
The event is free to all and benefits the San Diego Blues in the Schools program. The money raised will be used to provide harmonicas to the students involved in the BITS program. For more information visit www.springharpfest.org.
By Justin Time
April 1, 2012 (La Mesa) –Back in 1957 when City Hall was dedicated, La Mesa buried a time capsule that was intended to be opened for the city’s centennial in 2012. But nobody remembered where the time capsule was hidden and the keys were also lost, as ECM has previously reported.
March 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – A search is on in La Mesa for an armed robbery suspect in the vicinity of 8601 Fletcher Parkway near the Grossmont Trolley. All trolleys have been stopped due to activity on the tracks, according to La Mesa Police.
Incident Page Network reports that the search involves a Sheriff’s helicopter and San Diego Police Department canine, around 11 p.m.
March 20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Two men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit that began at 5:32 this evening when the driver of a vehicle stolen in El Cajon attempted to elude a police officer near Fletcher Parkway and Nagel Drive.
The officer, with assistance of El Cajon Police, San Diego Sheriff and the ASTREA helicopter, pursued the vehicle through residential streets in La Mesa and El Cajon, then onto Interstate-8.
Update 8:35 a.m. - The search has ended and the suspect was not located.
Incident cost local restaurant money , highlights risk to ratepayers with medical needs
March 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – After ECM received a question from a reader about a power outage that began Friday night, March 2 and extended until Saturday morning, March 3, we contacted SDG&E. SDG&E spokesperson Alison Zaragosa initially said that all 2800 customers left in the dark were notified via letters mailed February 14 of the planned outage to repair an underground cable.
But after La Mesa Patch ran a story about losses incurred by Riviera Steakhouse, whose owner said he was never informed of the outage, other community members came forward to say that they, too, did not receive notification. So we called SDG&E again.
“We did investigate and we did miss 200 to 300,” Zaragosa told ECM.