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LA MESANS CELEBRATE IN STYLE AT PARTY OF THE CENTURY

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.

MAYOR MADRID’S AUDIT REPORT REFLECTS ON CITY’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD

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.

LA MESA TO HOST "PARTY OF THE CENTURY" FOR CENTENNIAL JANUARY 12

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.  

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HOME TOUR IS NOV. 3

October 26, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Historical Society’ hosts its 2012 Centennial Home Tour on November 3, which will focus on 5 historic/classic homes in the Date Avenue/Mt. Nebo area.  The event will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will begin at the Shuttle Bus Stop at the City Parking Lot on the northeast corner of Date & Allison.

FROM ROOTS TO WINGS: THE LA MESA CENTENNIAL FLAG DAY PARADE

 

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.

TASTE OF LA MESA - TASTE OF THE CENTURY JUNE 11

 30 Restaurants, 4 Wineries, & Signature Beer Sponsor Karl Strauss Brewery 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – In honor of La Mesa’s Centennial, on June 11 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its biggest-ever  “Taste of La Mesa-Taste of the Century.”  This delectable event takes place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 La Mesa.

VINTAGE LA MESA: CITY MAY LEGALIZE WINE MAKING AND BEER BREWING

 

By Miriam Raftery
Kristin Kjaero also contributed to this report

 
May 26, 2012 (La Mesa) – “La Mesa May End Prohibition” proclaimed a headline in La Mesa Today this week, after Council voted 4-0 to ask staff to prepare an ordinance to legalize making wines and craft beers within the city limits. 

“SUNDAYS AT SIX” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JUNE 10

May 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – The “Sundays at Six” summer concert series will be held in the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street in La Mesa on Sundays, at 6:00 p.m. during June, July and August.  In honor of the City’s centennial celebration each concert will celebrate the music of the ten decades from 1912 to 2012.

100 YEARS YOUNG: LA MESAN FRANK READ RECALLS A BYGONE ERA AS HE SHARES CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

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.

WHO WILL BE LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL QUEEN?

 

Pageant Volunteers Ready for Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee 2012
 
February 27, 2012 (La Mesa, Santee) -- The Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee pageants will take place this Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6pm at the Sonrise Church in Santee where the queen of the century will be crowned for the City of La Mesa.

 

LA MESA ROLLS OUT CENTENNIAL

By Mia Myklebust

February 17, 2012 (La Mesa)--Gold and blue balloons spotted the La Mesa Village Plaza this past Tuesday for the kick-off of the yearlong La Mesa Centennial celebration.

The crowd waited expectantly, cameras in hand, for a special blue Centennial trolley wrapped in historical photos.  A band played old-time tunes as the trolley rolled into the station and the Centennial committee, along with Mayor Art Madrid and the City Council, disembarked.

LA MESA HOSTS TOWNHALL MEETING FEB. 7

 
January 29, 2012 (La Mesa)--In an on-going commitment to communicating with residents and in honor of the City’s Centennial, all five members of the La Mesa City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting. The open-forum session is set for Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. 

 

LA MESA CENTENNIAL CALENDARS ON SALE AT OKTOBERFEST

 

 

September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Historical Society opens its Centennial year activities with the release for sale of its special edition 2012 Centennial Calendar at Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 30 through October 2.

 

Calendars feature historic photos plus fun Centennial facts.

LA MESA TO HONOR ITS TINSELTOWN ROOTS AUG. 12-13


Historical Society Honors 100th Anniversary of Flying A Movie Studio

 

August 11, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of San Diego County’s first movie studio with two events honoring the Flying A Movie Company studios.

LA MESA RESIDENT SEEKS TO REVIVE CITY’S SILENT MOVIE HERITAGE FOR CENTENNIAL

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

February 13, 2011 (La Mesa) – One hundred years ago, the Flying A silent movie studio opened its doors in downtown La Mesa. The studio produced over 150 silent films in 1911 and 1912, including some shot in La Mesa, other East County locations, and San Diego.

  

Allan Dwan, a writer who got his start in La Mesa by replacing a drunkard director to establish the local studio, later become a famous Hollywood director of such famed talking films as The Sands of Iwo Jima starring John Wayne and  Heidi with Shirley Temple.  He also directed Ronald Reagan in films such as Cattle Queen of Montana.
 

Most La Mesa residents are unaware of the colorful tales from their community’s silent movie-making past. Now, Wade Douglas wants to change that.

LA MESA PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS AT THE CROSSROADS

 

ECM pauses to ask for your reflections

By Kristin Hobbs Kjaero

 

February 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- On February 16, 2012, La Mesa will turn 100, and city leaders hope to celebrate throughout the year, from special commemorative events to putting a centennial spin on annual events such as Oktoberfest. The city has extended an invitation for civic organizations to collaborate with events of their own. All, it hopes, will be underwritten -as the Flag Day Parade is- by sponsorships and volunteer efforts.

LA MESA TURNS 100: CITY PLANS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

 

Times have changed since La Mesa became a city in 1912--the year the Titanic sunk, Teddy Roosevelt ran as a Bull Moose, and silent movies were the hot pop culture crazes.

 

May 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – The jewel of the hills will be a century old in 2012—and city leaders are gearing up to celebrate La Mesa’s history and culture through exhibits, education venues, institutional presentations and community events. (Get ready to party hearty!)

 

How much do you know about La Mesa's history and how times have changed in the past 100 years?

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