February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery will be hosting a Dessert & Wine Pairing at the Tasting Room & Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa Feb. 12 – 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Winery will pair five mini desserts with 5 specifically chosen San Pasqual Wines.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($20/$25 for wine club members). For more information visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com. For tickets call 619-462-1797.
January 26, 2013 (La Mesa) -- The board of directors of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has elected its board officers for 2013. Elected for one-year terms were Dr. Michael T. Long as president, Robert “Bob” Ayres as vice president and Gloria Chadwick as secretary. Long also appointed board member Michael Emerson as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Betty Stieringer.
January 22, 2013 (La Mesa) -- The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit their web site at www.sharp.com.
January 20, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa City Council will hear a presentation Tuesday regarding the San Diego Grantmakers’ Homelessness Working Group’s “Keys to Housing: Ending Family Homelessness Initiative.” In addition, a status update on construction of the downtown streetscape will be presented.
Also on the agenda are interviews of applicants for city board and commission vacancies, council committee reports, and discussion of council travel policy, among other items.
January 21, 2013 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police Department, in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths on the Martin Luther King holiday, aggressively enforced state speed laws during the third “Traffic Safety Enforcement Program“ operation. uce deaths and injuries on local roadways.
La Mesa Police Officers wrote 29 speeding tickets including one to a driver traveling at 81 miles per hour on a city street with a posted speed limit of 35 mph.
January 17, 2013 (La Mesa) –The City of La Mesa is nearing completion of a draft environmental impact report on Park Station, a proposed 18-story high-rise project that would be 10 stories taller than any existing structure in the city.
Before planners and council members weigh in, Urban Housing Partners, marketers of the project have issued a survey, which you can take here:
January 16, 2013--(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:
- Calif desert aquifers contain high chemical levels (Sacramento Bee)
- California Poverty Rate Highest in Nation Based on New Census Department Figures(Huffington Post)
- Judge continues to block part of Calif. Initiative on human trafficking (Sacramento Bee)
- Calif. teachers fund moves to divest from firearms (Sacramento Bee)
- Pilfering plastic a booming industry in Calif. (Sacramento Bee)
- Can San Andreas Break At Once? Study Says Maybe (AP)
- Gillespie Field Expansion Brings Promise And Controversy(KPBS)
- Filner’s agenda for change tempered by finances (U-T San Diego)
- Murder rises second year in row U-T San Diego)
- DA: La Mesa doctor is a fake (U-T San Diego)
- Date set for power plant implosion (UT San Diego)
- Steps taken for possible restart at Cal nuke plant (Sacramento Bee)
- Ground rules set for Somali terrorism trial (U-T San Diego)
- How Will Junior Seau's CTE Diagnosis Affect The Next Generation? (KPBS)
- Local college students turning to ‘sugar daddies?’ (U-T San Diego)
- FBI Says Crime Rates Increased Across San Diego Area In First Half Of 2012 (KPBS)
- San Diego Lawsuit Says Blue Cross Illegally Targeting HIV/AIDS Patients (KPBS)
- City Heights Stuck in the Middle of Filner-Gloria Spat (Voice of San Diego)
- San Diego Will Take A $40 Million Hit On Pension Costs (KPBS)
- San Diego Ordinance Would Require Businesses To Increase Recycling (KPBS)
- Shames sues UCAN for libel (U-T San Diego)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
By Miriam Raftery
January 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – Capping off a year of centennial celebrations, La Mesa hosted its “Party of the Century” last night. Held at the La Mesa Community Center, the event featured music through the decades and areas decorated to reflect the many colorful eras in La Mesa’s past.
Dignitaries past and present turned out. Many guests came in period attire, adding to the festive mood at this memorable occasion.
January 13, 2013 (La Mesa) -- Tradition holds that Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) ushers in the reflective season of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 13th. The United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will be celebrating that tradition on Sunday, February 10, 2013 with a Mardi Gras Sunday worship service. The public is invited to dress up (carnival masks and beads welcome!) and join in this service celebrating the joy of faith. Music – from “Just a Closer Walk” to “When the Saints Go Marching In!” will highlight both the 8:30am (in Friendship Hall) and 10:00am (in the Sanctuary) services.
January 10, 2013 (La Mesa) – In an on-going commitment to communicate with residents, all five members of the La Mesa City Council will host two Town Hall Meetings. The open-forum sessions are scheduled at the following locations:
By Miriam Raftery
Jaunary 9, 2013 (La Mesa) – Mayor Art Madrid reflected on the past, praised the city’s present accomplishments, and looked ahead to the future in his annual city audit report delivered on January 8 in the City’s Centennial year.
“I dare say that in many ways we are glad to see 2012 in our rear view mirror,” he said, citing budget cuts by the state among the city's biggest challenges in the past year. Fiscal challenges will continue, he predicted, as Congress embarks on the federal budget negotiations battle. “We may be seeing the last of the Community Development Block Grants, CDBG and Housing Assistance Programs, plus other vital safety net programs that assist certain members of our society.”
Mayor Madrid also named climate change and environmental concerns among the key challenges ahead, spoken in a week when the National CIimatic Office announced that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the U.S. “What is the role of local governments, including La Mesa, in addressing these problems? First choosing facts and science over politics, acknowledge that these issues exist, and define their impact on our city by evaluating the costs and consequences of doing nothing,” said Madrid.
January 9, 2013 (La Mesa) – Benjamin Nicholas Davidson, 28, of El Cajon is under arrest after fleeing from police, crashing head-on into another vehicle and breaking into a nearby home.
The incident began last night at 9:52 p.m., when a La Mesa Police officer tried to stop a Saab sedan traveling at a high speed on Fuerte Drive. The driver turned quickly onto Grossmont Boulevard, colliding head-on with a Ford F-150.
According to police, the Saab driver ran from the collision scene and tried to elude police by breaking into a home in the 9300 block of Wister Drive. The suspect was confronted by the home owners, who pushed him out the front door.
La Mesa Citizens Oversight Group has sent a letter to council members voicing concerns over three items on the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting Tuesday. The group advocates for “open, accountable, cost-effective, efficient government, and for opposing unnecessary taxes, fees, regulations, and policies."
January 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art is hosting a reception and sale of new artworks on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. The show will include a bonus from some creative student artists a JCS San Diego Academy that will be showing work from their Monuments Project using symbols representing their goals in life.
January 2, 2013 (La Mesa) – On Sunday, December 23, The Eagle Patrol Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 391 got hands on training from La Mesa firefighters at the main La Mesa Fire Station 11 at 8034 Allison Avenue. The Scouts were taught emergency first aid procedures. In addition they were shown equipment used by firefighters in their jobs.
December 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art is serving up champagne and truffles today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gallery, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. All paintings and pottery will be 10% - 50% off, including new inventory.
December 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to take a step back in time at the "Party of the Century", celebrating 100 years of La Mesa history. The event, priced at $100 a ticket, will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the La Mesa Community Center.
The party will feature music by the Cadillacs as well as teh pEter Marin and Fran Unqueto Trio, dancing, and food.
December 19, 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:
- Mayor Filner calls San Diego Summit in response to Sandy Hook shooting (San Diego Free Press)
- Lemon Grove supports assault weapon ban (U-T San Diego)
- As Loans Come Due, District Asks Ramona Teachers to Sacrifice (Voice of San Diego)
- The $900 million question re: San Diego’s crumbling infrastructure (U-T San Diego)
- Grossmont Students Witness Courtroom Assault By Defendant on Attorney (La Mesa Patch)
- Disgraced U.S. Rep Cunningham released to halfway house (U-T San Diego)
- UC San Diego Researchers Create A 'Designer' Cancer Drug With Algae (KPBS)
- La Mesa party of the century will be pricey, exclusive affair on Jan. 12 (La Mesa Patch)
- Think You Can Fix Local Government? Apply To Be Part of County Grand Jury (La Mesa Patch)
- Gun dealer near Murray Manor School: ‘My heart weighs very heavy’ for town (La Mesa Patch)
- Couple appeals $700 water bills, calls usage claim ‘physically impossible’ ( Ramona Patch)
- Evaluating Homelessness, as Far as the Eye Can See and Count (Voice of San Diego)
- Who should pay for SDG&E wildfires? (U-T San Diego)
- After just a year, Gingham may be selling (La Mesa Today)
- Federal appeals court OKs lower payments to Medi-Cal providers (Sacramento Bee)
- Doctors Livid About Medi-Cal Pay Cut (KPBS)
- San Diego desalinization impact on Calif. (SFGate )
- California health officials sound alarm over hookah smoking (Reuters)
- UC Suspends Use of Controversial New Logo (KPBS)
- The UC system’s modesty problem (U-T San Diego)
- California wins a round in electricity battle with JPMorgan Chase (Sacramento Bee)
- California state employees involved in bribery, theft, auditor reports (Sacramento Bee)
- Calif. mall on lockdown after shots were fired U-T San Diego)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
December 15, 2012 (La Mesa)--Become a Play-Well Engineer! Students explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering, from Gear Cars to Battletracks. The engineer-designed curriculum challenges new and returning students to reach higher level of engineering comprehension while having fun.
Camp meets four days, Monday, December 31 through Friday, January 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp will not meet on Tuesday, January 1. Over 1000,000 pieces of LEGOS® are used. Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day, everything else is provided at camp. This camp is not affiliated with the LEGO® Group.
December 15, 2012 (La Mesa) – A passenger has died after being ejected from a truck that collided with a raised concrete wall on the elevated ramp from westbound I-8 to southbound State Route 125 in La Mesa. According to CHP Officer Brian Pennings, the driver “failed to maintain control due to his unsafe speed for current conditions” on a rain-slicked roadway.
The 2000 GMC box-style truck driven by Jaime Espinoza, 32, of San Diego was propelled across both lanes after striking a concrete wall, then smashed again into another concrete wall on the shoulder. The force of the second collision propelled the right front passenger through the windshield and onto southbound SR-125 below.
December 11 2012 (La Mesa)—In this centennial year, La Mesa’s annual Christmas in the Village celebration will also feature a holiday parade. The parade will roll down La Mesa Boulevard at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 14 at 15.
During the celebration, the entire downtown village transforms into a winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriages and bonfires, strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers. Kids will also enjoy puppet shows, carnival and pony rides, and visits with Santa.
PROPANE TANKS EXPLODE, CAUSING FIRE THAT DAMAGES EXTERIOR OF GINGHAM’S RESTAURANT IN LA MESA VILLAGE
Neighbor who reported fire says rooster crowing alerted him to the blaze
By Miriam Raftery
December 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – “It sounded like really big thunder,” ECM writer and La Mesa resident Ariele Brooks said of propane tank explosions that damaged the exterior of Gingham’s Restaurant on La Mesa Boulevard downtown. “First my back door rattled two times about 5 or 10 minutes apart…Nothing was out there, so I thought maybe it was an explosion. But then there was this very loud sound.”
Another neighbor, Bob James, told La Mesa Today that a rooster crowing awakened him. Spotting flames, he called 911. "The rooster is a hero!" he proclaimed. (No word on whether the plucky foul who saved the downtown village will sway councilmembers on the merits of owning roosters, which is currently prohibited in La Mesa.)
Memorial service planned December 8 in Lakeside
December 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) – Maria Ines Heimpel, who taught languages for more than three decades at Helix High School in La Mesa and volunteered for humanitarian causes in San Diego and Tijuana, died peacefully in her home on November 27, 2012.
Her lifelong concern for those in need led to her involvement with a clinic and an orphanage in Tijuana. She also participated as an interpreter with the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, a group of doctors performing free surgical procedures for poor children in Mexico.
“She was a people person and as a teacher, genuinely interested in each of her students, going out of her way to help them,” fellow teacher and friend Jean Costa said. “She was a positive influence on the lives of so many young people and on the lives of people who knew her.”
December 4, 2012 (La Mesa) – More traffic enforcement and safer streets are coming to La Mesa in the coming year. Increased special traffic enforcement measures are on tap as a result of a recent $55,000 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety to the La Mesa Police Department. The La Mesa Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
December 4, 2012 (La Mesa)--Helix Charter High School is a nominee in The Clorox Company's Power a Bright Future grant program and is in the running to win up to $50,000. If we win, the school will use this grant to fund community-based, student-run Senior Projects. All Helix students are required to complete a Senior Project to graduate.
"Currently, many students choose to do projects that benefit the surrounding communities; however, due to the costs associated with a large-scale project, many are done on a small scale. If Helix were to win this grant, the projects would not face those funding limitations and students could affect our community in a much bigger way," says Jenn Osborn, Helix community relations.
November 25, 2012 (La Mesa) – The United Church of Christ La Mesa Chancel Choir will present “I Believe” on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa. The cantata, composed by John F. Wilson , will be highlighted with a multi-media presentation of scenes depicting the Christmas story.
The concert is free and all are welcome. Visit www.ucclm.org for more information.
NATIONAL WALMART PROTEST REACHES EAST COUNTY AS LEAFLETTERS TARGET SHOPPERS AT GROSSMONT CENTER AND COLLEGE GROVE
Walmart's low wages keep workers on the public dole, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for its corporate profits
By Nadin Abbott
November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Black Friday today was marked by a nationwide protest at 1,000 Walmart stores, including Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
Walmart workers are not unionized. So local volunteers and members of United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) staged the protest to give voice to grievances of Walmart employees who say they have been pressured to keep quiet and not participate in the demonstrations.
November 13, 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:
- Filner’s priorities (U-T San Diego)
- Judge rejects gag order in SDG&E noose case (U-T San Diego)
- La Mesa Police warn of mall robbers (U-T San Diego)
- Girl bitten 6 times after stepping n rattler nest (KUSI)
- Escondido scrambling in wake of Prop P (North County Times)
- Jerry Sanders named CEO of regional chamber of commerce (Lemon Grove Patch)
- Suspects ID’d in Lakeside rock throwing ((U-T San Diego)
- ACLU asks courts t block part of Prop 35 on human trafficking (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry plan plans to restrain Democratic desires at capital (Sacramento Bee)
- Moody’s says Prop 30 passage a boost to school credit (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
By Bill Weaver
November 7, 2012 (La Mesa) — Incumbents Emma Turner, Psy.D. was re-elected, as was William "Bill" Baber, a local attorney, to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board. Both are Republicans and both have shown support for public education in their district.
November 5, 2012 (La Mesa)—A woman walking in the parking lot with her children near Fudrucker’s in Grossmont Center was robbed of her purse by two suspects in 1990s tan Saturn two-door car. The passenger leaned out the window and grabbed the victim’s purse, dragging her on the ground several feet before she was able to release her grasp. The victim was transported to a hospital with a wrist injury.
A search of the area by La Mesa PD and San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA did not locate the suspects, who remain outstanding.