La Mesa/Mt. Helix

MAINE LOBSTERS AND LIVE MUSIC AT WINE WORKS ANNIVERSARY PARTY OCT. 13 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2018 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Wine Works is pulling out all the stops for its second anniversary party – and not just stoppers in wine bottles.

For the celebration on Saturday, October 13 from 12 to 10 p.m., the wine tasting room will also have live music, food trucks including main lobsters, games, and during the afternoon hours, specials on all glasses of wine, wine slushies, and frozen sangrias ($5).

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS: FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Dave Myers, Bill Baber, Akilah Weber and Guy McWhirter

 

September 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Councilmembers Bill Baber and Guy McWhirter are running on their records. Their challengers, retired Sheriff’s commander Dave Myers and physician Akilah Weber, are running on the slogan “Elect a cop and a doc.” East County Magazine sat down with all four candidates on our radio show, originally aired on KNSJ. 

Key issues in La Mesa include affordable housing and development vs. community character, downtown revitalization, crime and public safety, public health,  marijuana regulations, the city’s climate action plan, and a potential new library.

You can click the audio links to hear each interview, and scroll down for highlights. Candidates are listed in the order that they scheduled their interviews.

Audio: 

Interview with Dave Myers, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018
Interview with Dr. Akilah Weber, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Guy McWhirter, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018

FULL HOUSE FOR EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT FOURPENNY HOUSE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – Our East County Dining Club filled up Fourpenny House in La Mesa Wednesday night for a sold-out event.  Guests savored dishes ranging from Scottish mussels to Yorkshire wraps, also enjoying a demonstration of the Scottish pipes by proprietary Peter Soutowood. 

TOBY THE T-REX HAS NEW HILLTOP HOME IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos provided by Jeff Phair

September 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Last week,  San Diego Union-Tribune writer Karen Pearlman posted a photo of a Tyrannosaurus Rex metal sculpture that mysteriously appeared in La Mesa at the future site of the La Mesa Summit Estates, raising the question of why the giant dinosaur statue had suddenly shown up in the Jewel of the Hills, as La Mesa is known.

SKYLINE CHURCH PLAN FOR SENIOR FACILITY ON OPEN LAND DRAWS CONTROVERSY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 25, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) – The Valle de Oro Planning Group has voted 12-2 on September 4th to oppose a proposal by Skyline Church to build a senior living facility on 9 acres of open land  north of Highway 94 in Rancho San Diego.  Planners and long-time community residents say that when the evangelical megachurch was built, church leaders promised the county to preserve this site as open space. 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY SCHEDULES RIBBON CUTTING IN LA MESA FOR NEW BRADY FAMILY CLUBHOUSE AND GAGON ACADEMY

East County News Service

September 24, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of 14 months of construction for its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that houses the Gagon Academy, a learning center and homework room, and the Bill Walton Gymnasium.

SAVOR SCOTTISH CUISINE AND BREWS WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB SEPT. 26 AT FOURPENNY HOUSE IN LA MESA

 

 

East County Dining Club

September 7, 2018 (La Mesa) – Our next East County Dining Club adventure will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Fourpenny House, a delightfully cozy and delicious Scottish restaurant and pub in La Mesa’s downtown Village (8383 La Mesa Blvd.)  RSVP early to reserve space at this popular new eatery.

Savor Scottish foods such as bangers and mash, crofter’s pie, salmon, ale-braised mussels, artisanal cheese, Yorkshire wraps, bread pudding and more, plus custom-brewed craft beers, wine and spirits.  

Order anything you desire off the menu and Fourpenny House will donate 20% of proceeds to benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts.

We will also have lots of prizes including gift certificates from Fourpenny House, Farmer's Table, Vine Cottage, Reanimated Records, books from Maxwell's House of Books, a Celtic music CD, jewelry, San Pasqual wine, and more!

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “MODERN MUD” HOMES TOUR NOV. 3

 

 

East County News Service

September 22, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Historical Society, along with San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyle Magazine and Modern San Diego, will present the 13th Annual Home Tour on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Titled “Modern Mud,” this year’s tour highlights adobe, classic, and mid-century gems in La Mesa’s Eastridge and Mt. Nebo neighborhoods.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HISTORY ROUNDTABLE LECTURE SERIES

 

 

East County News Service

September 22, 2018 (La Mesa) — The La Mesa Historical Society presents a history roundtable lecture series titled “Classic Craftsman to Modern Mud.”  A presentation on October 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Grossmont Healthcare Auditorium (9001 Wakarusa) will discuss unique neighborhoods including Mt. Nebo and its exclusive tracts (Looking Park, Windsor Hills and Eastridge) that will be explored during the organization’s 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud!" 

DINE UNPLUGGED STYLE ON TECH BREAK TUESDAY SEPT. 25

 

East County News Service

September 22, 2018 (La Mesa) - Bring your friends and family and enjoy fine food and conversation on Tech Break Tuesday, Sept 25th in La Mesa.  Several restaurants will support unplugged dining and offer drink or dining specials to encourage you to take a break from your phone for the duration of your meal. Restaurants in the La Mesa Village (who will participate from 5-9 pm) include: Centifonti's, FourPenny House, San Pasqual's Winery Tasting Room, and Trattoria Tiramisu. Just outside the Village, the Lunch Box will participate from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.

For more information on specials, offers and locations, visit  www.unpluggedvillage.com.

TWO SLATES VIE FOR CONTROL OF LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD: CANDIDATE FORUM OCT. 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 21, 2018 (La Mesa) – Controversy has enveloped the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board, where three incumbents are stepping down – leaving three open seats. One slate of three challengers is critical of the board’s action, while another trio of candidates is backed by the same forces as the outgoing board members. A seventh candidate is running independently.

A candidate forum will be held on Monday evening, October 1st at the La Mesa First United Methodist Church (4690 Palm Ave.) in La mesa with a meet and greet at 6:15 p.m. and forum at 6:30 p.m.

HELIX WATER WARNS OF PHONE SCAM TARGETING CUSTOMERS

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2018 (La Mesa)-- On Friday, a Helix Water District customer reported  that she received phone calls from someone wanting her credit card information so they could lower her interest rates. The Caller ID on the customer’s phone identified the caller as Helix Water District, but the district warns, “These calls are not coming from Helix Water District. Under no circumstances will a Helix employee ask for your credit card number, over the phone or in person.”

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: HIGHLANDERS RISE ABOVE SAINTS' STRONG D; GET 35-14 STATEMENT WIN

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

September 14, 2018 (La Mesa) - Week five of Friday Night Lights takes us to Helix for the first time.  The Highlanders are facing a rare uphill battle early in the season; they’re 1-3 and tonight they faced the Saints of St. Augustine.

LA MESA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAXES: BABER PROPOSES COUNCIL ALSO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL ADULT USE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview with Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link

September 13, 2018 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa City Council has approved by a 5-0 vote a ballot measure, Proposition V, which would allow the city to put a business excise tax on cannabis businesses in  La Mesa.  The tax, if approved, would be paid by the businesses, not consumers. The city’s finance departments estimate that the measure could raise $1.5 to $2 million per year.

“As a separate matter, we’re working on an adult use ordinance that would bring the opportunity for adult use businesses to come alongside medicinal,”  reveals Councilman Bill Baber in an interview with ECM on KNSJ Radio.  He envisions allowing dispensaries already complying with medical marijuana sales requirements to be the first to carry recreational cannabis.

Audio: 

Interview with La Mesa Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures

FREE 45TH LA MESA OKTOBERFEST IS GETTING READY TO OOMPAH WITH TWO STAGES OF NON-STOP MUSIC SEPT. 28-30

 

Featuring traditional Bavarian and German music, rock bands, polka, country, cover bands and more

East County News Service

September 10, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to bust out your best chicken dance and polka moves at the 45th Annual La Mesa Oktoberfest! As if tons of traditional German cuisine and flowing pints of beer weren’t enough of a reason to break out into a chicken dance, Oktoberfest will also feature two massive stages of non-stop music featuring everything from traditional Bavarian and German music, live oompah bands, traditional rock bands, DJs, cover pop and more.

EAST COUNTY CITIES CONSIDER REGULATING SHARED SCOOTERS

 

Scooter craze offers freedom for riders seeking alternatives to cars, but raises concerns over injuries, parking and public safety

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Bird Scooters, by Grendelkhan creative commons

Updated September 10 with our readers' comments on scooter experience

Updated September 12 with comments from Councilmembers Baber and Parent in La Mesa.

September 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The latest worldwide transportation craze, electric “dockless” scooters for short-term rental offered by companies such as Bird, Lime, Uber and soon, Lyft, are cropping up across San Diego County.

HELP SOUGHT TO REPAIR VANDALISM AT LA MESA’S HISTORIC DEPOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2018 (La Mesa) — Vandals have damaged the La Mesa Depot and locomotive. Built in 1894, the depot is California’ oldest building in its original form, La Mesa Today reports.  A meeting is planned on September 25th at the depot at the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard to learn about efforts to raise funds to restore the depot, the last remaining station from the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 26TH

 

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “QPR: Question, Persuade and Refer, Suicide Prevention Training,” an informational program about how to offer hope and help someone in a suicide crisis, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. 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.

THE CHALLENGE CENTER’S `COMEDY NIGHT GALA’ FUNDRAISER STARS COLIN QUINN

 

 

East County News Service

September 5, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Challenge Center of La Mesa, provider of skilled physical therapy rehabilitation, specialized assisted fitness training and wellness programs for physically challenged people, will host its 2018 Comedy Night Gala fundraiser Friday, Sept. 7 at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa at Mission Bay, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. Reception and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., live auction, a program highlighting the work of the Challenge Center and entertainment starring Colin Quinn, who appeared on the “Saturday Night Live” TV show.

MISSING MAN WITH DEMENTIA IN LA MESA

 

Update 3:30 p.m.:  This missing person has been found.

September 4, 2018 (La Mesa) - Amir Abbas Khorram, 84, is missing and has dementia, so he may not remember his address. He was last seen this morning in the area of 7100 Colony Road, La Mesa.

He is Middle Eastern and speaks both Farsi and English. He walks with a cane and has white hair and a white beard.

SING ALONG WITH BROADWAY SHOW TUNES IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

September 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints First Ward in La Mesa (5555 Aztec Drive) invites you to a free, family-fun Broadway sing along on Saturday, September 15th at 7 p.m.

LIBRARY GETS IN TOUCH WITH KIDS WITH AUTISM

 

 

A simple suggestion from a parent at the La Mesa Branch Library has initiated a new program for kids with autism.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve heard about in a while for kids on the spectrum,” said Matthew Wion, a dad with two kids on the spectrum who has been taking advantage of the new program.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY SET TO OPEN BRADY FAMILY CLUBHOUSE, GAGON ACADEMY, BILL WALTON GYMNASIUM THIS FALL

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Construction is nearing completion in La Mesa on the newest clubhouse to be operated by Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC). The new Brady Family Clubhouse will house the Gagon Academy, a state-of-the-art learning center and homework room, as well as the Bill Walton Gymnasium. Opening day is expected sometime in late September or early October, according to Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC.

LA MESA FAIR TRADE SHOPPING EVENT OCT. 14 AT ST. MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH HALL

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to “shop with joy and purpose” at the annual La Mesa Fair Trade Shopping event on Sunday, October 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 :30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 7710 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa.  La Mesa.  Enjoy Fair Trade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and lots of samples while perusing the aisles of hand made baskets, jewelry, purses, belts, wallets, handbags, jackets, scarves, toys, pottery, Christmas ornaments, gift baskets, coffee, tea, chocolate and lots more from many vendors.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY PRESENTS ART EXHIBIT BY SENIORS AND DISABLED ADULTS IN NEW StARTs PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2018 (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 Summer Art Exhibit showcasing 24 oil paintings created in a collaborative process by seniors and disabled adults living at Del Cerro Manor, a San Diego private residential care facility for the elderly. The exhibit runs through September.

UNPLUGGED DINING ANNOUNCES “CONTROL YOUR TECH” WORKSHOP AND “TECH BREAK TUESDAY” EVENTS AT LA MESA RESTAURANTS

 

East County News Service

August 22, 2018 (La Mesa) – Following several successful events at local restaurants aimed at encouraging people to put down cell phones and enjoy interacting with others during dinners out, Unplugged Dining announces a Sept. 18 “Control Your Tech” workshop as well as “Tech Break Tuesday” events at local restaurants on Sept. 25. See below for details.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HOSTS RECEPTION FOR JAMES NEWLAND, AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK ON GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S HISTORY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Author and historian James D. Newland with his book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service

August 19, 2018 (La Mesa)—Author and historian James D. Newland’s latest book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service, provides a fascinating look into the colorful history of East County as well as the hospital itself and the evolution of healthcare in our region.

Newland was honored Thursday at the Grossmont Healthcare District headquarters with a reception attended by the district’s board of directors and community VIPs. Following appetizers and brews served up by Burning Beard brewery, the district’s CEO Barry Jantz and board president Michael Emerson gave welcoming remarks. 

Newland signed copies of his book, noting that the biggest challenge in its creation was handling the controversy over the hospital merging with Sharp Healthcare, a move that kept East County’s major hospital financially viable at a time when rising costs drove some other healthcare facilities under.

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