La Mesa/Mt. Helix

SURF RIDER PIZZA CELEBRATES NATIONAL PIZZA DAY FEB. 9

East County News Service

February 7, 2019 (La Mesa) - If you are looking for a thin and crispy East Coast style slice of pizza made with homemade, hand tossed dough, whole milk mozzarella and baked in fire heated brick ovens, look no further! Surf Rider Pizza Co.has you covered for a very important holiday (in their opinion), offering $2.50 slices on National Pizza Day on Feb. 9!  Celebrate right with an authentic slice from Surf Rider Pizza Co. known for bringing its unique East Coast-style pizza to San Diego.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY HOSTS ART EXHIBIT WITH PAINTINGS BY 10-YEAR-OLD ALPINE GIRL

 

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring 15 paintings by 10-year-old Mia Bruso of  Alpine. The exhibit runs through the end of March. Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said it is the first time since the library opened in 2002 that the featured artist for the quarterly art exhibit is a child.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MT. HELIX ACTIVISTS WHO LED SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO STOP A PAROLE OFFICE FROM OPENING IN COMMUNITY

By Miriam Raftery

The Boethin family with State Senator Brian Jones

February 3, 2019 (Mt. Helix) –  When Daniel and Stephanie Boethin learned that the state planned to open a parole office near their Mt. Helix home in La Mesa, they took action  As government contractors, they knew how to get the attention of bureaucrats and public officials. In just a few short weeks, they organized their community to successfully halt the parole office near homes, schools and businesses in their neighborhood.

We interviewed the Boethins on our East County Magazine Radio Show, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio. The Boethins offered advice for people in other communities on how to successfully organize to stand up against projects with negative impacts on neighborhoods.

Audio: 

Interview with Daniel and Stephanie Boethin

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ASPIRING OPERA AND CONCERT SINGERS

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 1, 2019 (San Diego) – Aspiring young opera and concert singers are one step closer to Carnegie Hall, thanks to the Virginia and Susan Hawk Scholarship which helps fund their studies. Applications are now being accepted at http://msc-gcca.org/vocal-scholarships/ and auditions will be held March 23rd at the La Mesa First United Methodist Church.

THUNDERBOLT JOLTS EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Stock image of cloud-to-cloud lighting (not today’s jolt)

January 31, 2019 (La Mesa) – A lightning bolt between Lemon Grove and La Mesa this afternoon produced a prolonged thunderclap loud enough to be heard as far away as Fletcher Hills, Lake Murray, Mission Gorge and Rancho San Diego.  The noise startled residents and terrified pets, but fortunately the bolt did not result in any reported damage.

At my Mt. Helix home, the whole house shook as rumbling continued for approximately 30 seconds after the initial roaring jolt.

SEAFOOD SOIREE WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT RED LOBSTER FEB. 7

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2019 (La Mesa)--Join us at our East County Dining Club’s next delicious event: a seafood soiree in the cozy party room at Red Lobster (8703 Murray Dr., La Mesa) across from Grossmont Center on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP and prepay  to reserve space for this popular event.

You don't have to be a member to attend, though members receive special benefits. Proceeds benefit East County Media to support East County Magazine and East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.

Your options include not only delicious wood-grilled lobster, shrimp and salmon, but also sizzling steak, Cajun chicken pasta, and options for luscious desserts.

We will also have plentiful prizes for our drawing including Red Lobster and other restaurant gift certificates, winery gift certificate, a wine rack, jewelry, novels, cookbooks, spa gift certificates, coffee, hand-woven scarf, and more.

LA MESA RESTAURANT HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR UN NUEVO AMANECER CASA HOGAR ORPHANAGE IN ENSENADA, MEXICO

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

January 31, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Alma Future Foundation held a dinner on January 22nd at Tiramisu Trattoria restaurant in La Mesa to raise funds for an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico.

Many Thanks to Tiramisu Trattoria owner David Chiodo, who kindly donated the use of his restaurant. Chef and host Giulia Croce (photo) kindly donated her time preparing an amazing five-course meal.

FIND PUPPY LOVE AT CUPIDS AND CANINES ADOPTION EVENT: FEB. 16 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (El Cajon) - You’re invited to discover puppy love at Cupids and Canines, a (free) mega pet adoption event at Grossmont Center on February 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

'AND THEN THERE WERE NONE' REVIEW - AGATHA CHRISTIE CLASSIC THROUGH FEB. 10

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

January 25, 2019 (La Mesa) - Nothing beats a great whodunit. If you have seen or read "And Then There Were None," you may not remember the outcome. Even if you do, every play is different. That's what's great about seeing shows live. If you have not experienced a mystery play live, now's your chance. It's as if you are in the same room with a killer and you don't know who might sneak up and stab you.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE HOSTING `DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT’ ON TUESDAY, FEB. 5TH

 

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County will host a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.  Local Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County are located at 9418 Mission Grove Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

LA MESA COUNCIL HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COMMUNITY JAN. 29

 
 
East County News Service
 
January 24, 2019 (La Mesa) — The city of La Mesa will host a town hall meeting with city councilmembers and the community to discuss La Mesa and its future. 
 
The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at La Mesa Dale Elementary School, 4370 Parks Avenue in La Mesa.

HEARTLAND FIRE SEEKS PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER RECRUITS

 

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

January 24, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue is currently recruiting for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter. The agencies is looking for individuals who are just starting off their career or are looking for a lateral opportunity.

MEET COUNCILMEMBER AKILAH WEBER MARCH 6 AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 
 
East County News Service
 
January 23, 2019 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to meet La Mesa’s newest City Councilmember, Dr. Akilah Weber. She will be the featured speaker, sharing her goals at the chamber’s breakfast meeting on Wed. March 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Marie Callendar’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.

PAINT YOUR SWEETHEART FOR VALENTINE’S DAY: ART CLASSES IN FEB. AT NAINSOOK IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 21, 2019 (La Mesa) – Get creative!  Nainsook Framing + Art in La Mesa is offering a variety of art classes in February.  Enjoy an evening of wine, art and friendship while learning how to create mosaics, watercolor paintings, pendant jewelry and more.  Special for Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 7 you can also learn how to turn a black and white photo of your sweetheart into a painting.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON BRAIN FITNESS ON JANUARY 23RD

 

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

LA MESA HEARS MAYOR’S STATE OF CITY ADDRESS; CITY MOVES CLOSER TO FORMING COMMITTEE ON HOMELESSNESS

 

Council also approves changes to traffic-calming procedures, making it harder for neighobrhoods to approve speed humps



By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2019 (La Mesa) – Heeding the urging of citizens for form a task force with citizens’ involvement to address homelessness,  La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis at Tuesday’s City Council agreed to take action—taking the first steps toward forming a committee to address the issues.

“It’s beyond just setting up ways to work with faith-based centers,” the Mayor said, referencing local churches helping to feed and provide temporary shelter to homeless people. He said the city also needs to look at “how to help people not become homeless.”

SLAMMED: LA MESA RESIDENTS AND COUNCILMEMBERS VOICE ANGER, FRUSTRATION OVER SKETCHY REPORT ON OFFICER’S USE OF FORCE AT HELIX HIGH







By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2019 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s Mayor, Councilmembers and members of the public voiced frustration and at times, anger at the outcome of an independent investigation commissioned by the city into use of force by La Mesa police school resource officer Scott Wulfing, who was shown on video knocking a handcuffed female student to the ground at Helix High School in January of last year.

Attorney Scott Tiedemann gave the presentation on the report prepared by Barry Aninag of B.A. Investigations, a former Irvine police commander. Aninag reportedly interviewed some 20 witnesses—but the public and council will not be permitted to read the report or statements from any of those interviews, due to confidentiality laws protecting investigations into police misconduct.  Those witnesses did not include the student, Brianna Bell, who was knocked down, and who has filed a lawsuit against the city.

Nor did the report include any details on what transpired on campus before the take-down show on the video. The report also had zero information on whether any investigation was conducted by the school or the school district, or results of any such inquiries.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” JAN.11 - FEB. 10

 

East County News Service

January 6, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa presents “And Then There Were None,” based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel.  The play will be presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 11th through February 10th.

LA MESA COUNCIL TO HEAR REPORT ON POLICE USE OF FORCE AT HELIX HIGH, APPEALS OF MARIJUANA DIPENSARIES, AND MAYOR’S STATE OF CITY ADDRESS

By Miriam Raftery

January 6, 2019 (La Mesa) – At the La Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, Mayor Mark Arapostathis will deliver his state of the city speech. Afterwards, the Council agenda includes several hot topics.

Council will hear a report on the independent investigation into a controversial use of force by a La Mesa Police school resources officer at Helix High School in January of last year. A video showed the officer knocking a handcuffed female student to the ground.  According to the city, the student declined to speak with the independent investigator and has filed a lawsuit against La Mesa.  

Council will also hear results of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program and vote on whether to accept the report, which includes a 2019 work plan and ranked list of streets for traffic calming measures.

Council will also hear appeals involving two medical marijuana dispensary applications. 

LA MESA FARMER’S MARKET TO REMAIN DOWNTOWN FOR FIRST HALF OF 2019, WITH CHANGES

By Miriam Raftery

January 4, 2019 (La Mesa) – Opinions among stores and restaurants along La Mesa Boulevard remain divided regarding the city’s decision last March to move the Farmer’s Market into the downtown village. But while some restaurants report a sharp drop-off in business on Friday nights, the market has been a financial success for most farm participants and for the city’s coffers.

At a November 27 meeting, a staff report informed councilmembers that sales tax revenues in the village rose 2.6 percent in the second quarter of the city’s fiscal year over the same period a year earlier – and staffer Chris Gonzalez advised that the village was the only area in the city to see sales tax revenues rise.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EAST COUNTY CHILLS OUT





 

East County News Service

January 3, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A New Year’s eve storm dropped temperatures to below freezing across most of East County, bringing snow and ice even to some low elevation areas.  Area residents took to social media with their icy images.

Anza Borrego Desert Research Center posted an image (left) of snow blanketing the ground around the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s landmark sign  The group reported snow flurries down to 2300 feet, with snow sticking above the 2500 foot elevation in the normally arid terrain.

STATE DROPS PLANS FOR PAROLE OFFICE IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery

December 20, 2018 (La Mesa) – Nearly 1,800 residents who signed a petition opposing a state parole office in La Mesa got an early Christmas present.

Today, City Manager Yvonne Garrett received a message from Jerry Powers, director of the state’s division of adult parole operations, advising that the agency has determined that “due to functional and logistical issues this site is unworkable for our needs at this time.  We will continue to review other locations in the eastern San Diego County area in our efforts to provide services more directly to the parolee population and the citizens of East County.”

The state had proposed the facility at 9400 Grossmont Summit Drive, next to homes on Mt. Helix and the Brigantine Restaurant and within a quarter mile of Grossmont High School. The closest trolley stop would have been shared by high school and middle school students, with violent parolees and sex offenders walking directly past two schools.

READER’S EDITORIAL: ALARMING NEW PAROLE OFFICE INFORMATION REVEALED

 

Update December 20, 2018:  The State has sent a letter to La Mesa's city manager advising that it has dropped plans for a parole office at this location, at this time, but will seek an alternative site elsewhere in East County.



By Susan Nichols, President, Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA)

December 19, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA), along with the greater community, continues to gather information to oppose the leasing of a building by the Department of Corrections for a Parole Operations Center amidst of their residential community. GMIA and the greater community have sought help from elected state officials, who are aware of the community plea to stop the parole office but have yet to provide substantive action.

NAINSOOK FRAMING + ART ANNOUNCES JANUARY EVENTS

 

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – Nainsook Framing + Art in La Mesa (8130 La Mesa Blvd.) will host several January events including an artist reception, watercolor and mixed media classes, mosaic workshop, and more. Scroll down for full details on these activities and learn more at https://nainsookframing.com

NEW 4-STORY MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT PROPOSED IN LA MESA: COMMUNITY MEETING DEC. 17

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – Developers of Jefferson La Mesa, a proposed multi-family apartment project proposed at 4949-4999 Baltimore Drive, invite the community to a meeting to hear about project plans.  The meeting will be held on Monday, December 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department (8085 University Ave.).

The proposed four-story project would include 230 residential rental units, including some designated as affordable housing on-site. Though designated officially as mixed use, only four of the units are designated as work/live apartments.  The developer is listed as South Baltimore LLC/The Forties Challenge.

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