La Mesa/Mt. Helix

THE GOLDSMITH’S APPRENTICE

By Patricia O’Reilly, Photos by Ed Rodden

May 8, 2015 (La Mesa)--The 7th Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition was honored with a special fundraising event at the La Mesa Women’s Club on Friday evening, May 1st, 2015.

Terry Whyte, owner of Golden Artistry in La Mesa Village, established the competition to encourage and inspire young designers from the high schools of the Grossmont Union High School District.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOND SALE RESULTS IN $28 MILLION SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS

 

-- Final bond sale to complete facilities improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

May 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a taxpayer-supported public agency that serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, said it recently finalized the sale for two separate series of general obligation (G.O.) bonds totaling $24.5 million and $175 million.

TELECOM TO PAY CITY TO LOCATE EQUIPMENT ON LIGHT POLES

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) – On April 28 the La Mesa City Council voted unanimously to allow telecommunications equipment to be installed on streetlights and signals in the right-of-way in 11 locations around the City (map below), to enhance cellular phone and data transmission coverage.

The company will pay the City as a Right-of-Way Use Fee of 5% of adjusted gross revenues generated from the equipment or $500 per location, whichever is greater, and an annual fee of $500 to attach its equipment to a City pole. It will be required to apply for an encroachment permit, and will bear the costs of installation and maintenance.

EDCO PRICES LIKELY TO INCREASE IN LA MESA

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa City Council voted 5-0 April 28 to issue a public notice of a possible rate increase for both residential and commercial trash pickup in La Mesa. The public hearing will occur at the June 23 City Council meeting in the 7:00 p.m. time certain slot for hearings.

EDCO President and CEO Steve South made the presentation to the Council. The company is requesting 3.6% and 1.5% increases for residential and commercial, respectively. That translated to a 68-cent increase for residential from $19.09 to $10.77, and an increase of $1.45 from $99.29 to $100.74 for commercial.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS LAST CHANCE ROMANCE

May 4, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Myra Witzer, a strong willed woman in her late thirties, is determined to get married at any cost and Leonard Shank, an unassuming man in his early forties, is the guy she goes after and gets, much against his will. After several months of married life, Myra realizes that the chase excited her more than the capture and wants out. On the other hand, Leonard, who at the beginning wanted no part of the marriage, now wants to stay married to her more than anything. Now that he's fallen for her, will Leonard be able to convince her that he's her prince charming?

LUNCH AND DINNER FUNDRAISERS IN SUPPORT OF NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

May 3, 2015 (La Mesa) — Himalayan Cuisine, on the corner of El Cajon Blvd. & Baltimore Dr., 7918 El Cajon Blvd. #P, La Mesa, 91941,  will hold two fundraising events next week to help raise funds to aid victims of the devastating 7.8 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that struck Nepal on April 25.  The lunch and dinner events will be held Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7.  

The $10 lunch will be served from 11:00AM - 3:00PM on both days, with $5 of the fee going directly to help survivors in Nepal.  For dinner, a small $2 donation can be added to the bill to assist in relief efforts.  If you can’t make it for the fundraising events, you can still drop by any day to donate and say hello.  

BOOTS AND BLING: LAS HERMANAS’ WESTERN BENEFIT BASH MAY 9 IN LA MESA

Event to benefit benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of East County, Fostering Opportunities Scholarships and Include Autism.

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (La Mesa) -- San Diego Las Hermanas "(The Sisters") invites you to  their "Boots & Bling" fundraiser on Saturday, May 9 at the La Mesa Community Center. Grab your partner, throw on your cowboy boots and hats, and join the festivities including live Country Western music, BBQ dinner, drawings, live auction, card tricks and comedy magic, line dancing instruction, and entertaining antics by  Master of Ceremonies Yosemite Sam.

ALESSIO SUGGESTS ROLLING BACK CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITMENT IN LA MESA; EX-NASA SCIENTIST DEBUNKS ALESSIO "SCIENCE" CLAIM

"Climate change science has not changed in the way Councilwoman Alessio would like us to believe. Let's stick to credible sources on science, not talking points from the climate change denier's briefing book." -- Kathleen Connell, PhD, sustainabiltiy expert and former NASA astrobiology science founder

By Miriam Raftery

Upated May 1 to add comments from Mike Bullock and data from a climate change paper he authored.

April 30, 2015 (La Mesa) – At La Mesa’s City Council hearing Tuesday, Council heard a report detailing the city’s progress on reducing its carbon footprint in order to reduce climate change.

Councilmember Kristine Alessio then stated, “The science has changed behind climate change in the last ten years. Maybe at some point we need to reconsider being part of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Change Protection Agreement.” Here audio clip here: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/blgb31acb1/Alessio-ClimateChange-Kristine.mp3

LA MESA MAY ACTIVITIES

By Kristin Kjaero

April 30, 2015 (La Mesa) – With all the activities available this month, there has to be something for everyone here.

Events range from star gazing party on Mt. Helix to a free boot camp, s SANDAG public workshops on regional growth plans through 2050, what is arguable the community's most popular event, the La Mesa Flag Day Parade (if you're not in it, you're probably watching it)... and oh, so much more.

LA MESA REPORTS ON COMMERCIAL VACANCY

April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa has once again updated its economic development webpage with refreshed Commercial Space Availability Reports. According to the most recent reports, dated April 2015, there is approximately 146,000 square feet of retail space available in the City; 150,000 square feet of office space; and 37,000 square feet of industrial space.  Retail vacancy is down over 20% from April 2014 and office vacancy is down roughly 14%. 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT GROUP ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON BOND FUNDS

April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2014 Annual Report to the Community.

FREE CPR TRAINING AT DROWNING PREVENTION EVENT

Note: The event has been relocated to the Vons Shopping Center, 8011 University Ave., from 9:00 am to 1200 pm.  The article below has been changed to reflect that.

 

April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of Mesa has declared May “Drowning Prevention Month”. To help kick off the month, Heartland Fire & Rescue has teamed up with the La Mesa Municipal Pool for a drowning prevention event on Friday, May 1st. 

SANDAG OPENS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NEW REGIONAL PLAN, ANNOUNCES HEARINGS: SEEKS LOCATIONS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has released a $200 billion, 35-year regional growth plan for the county titled "San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan."   The plan lays out visions for transportation, sustainability and growth through 2050 including higher density land use along transportation corridors.

Several public hearings will be held including a May 13th hearing at 6 p.m. in La Mesa’s community center.  But thus far, no hearings have been schedule in East County’s mountain, desert or rural areas.

East County Magazine asked the County why no hearings are scheduled in those areas. We pointed out that rural, mountain and desert areas lack public transit, making it difficult for residents to travel long distances to attend hearings in San Diego or even La Mesa.  In response, the County indicated it could hold additional workshops potentially if a community group to partner with could be found.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS "SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO" APRIL 29

 

April 20, 2015 (La Mesa)-- On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join a unique evening and opportunity to meet some of the local businesses within the community. The “Spring Fling - Business Expo” is a new event that has been requested by local businesses to provide them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE AS LOCALS WATCH, WAIT AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP

By Bonnie Baranoff

April 27, 2015 (La Mesa) -- It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Southern California as patrons enjoy lunch and dinner at Himalayan Cuisine, and shopping at the Himalayan Bazaar in La Mesa. But on the other side of the world in Nepal and in parts of India and China, the scene is much different: it’s raining, it’s dark, and it’s destroyed.

Mr. Khem Kharel, owner of Himalayan Cuisine in La Mesa and a native of Nepal, says that his immediate family in Kathmandu--his 84 year old mother, his brother, brother’s wife and other family members--are thankfully “fine, just scared” and hungry. He has been in touch with his family, briefly, by phone, two times since the epicenter of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the remote village of Barpak, in the northern-central Gorkha District, about 50 miles northwest from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu on April 25. The latest numbers report more than 4,400 deaths.

LA MESA COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCES SUMMER CAMPS

George Hodan, PublicDomainPictures.net

East County News Service

Photo: George Hodan, PublicDomainPictures.net

April 27, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to learn Chess?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering twenty-one (21) “Summer to Remember!” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:  Archery, Art Smarts, Baseball, Basketball, Chess, Code to the Future, Dance, Day Camp, Engineering, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastic, Jump Rope, Kids in the Kitchen Cooking, Mad Science, Martial Arts, Multi-Sport, Tennis,  Woodworking, and Yoga Rascals.

FREE FITNESS BOOT CAMP MAY 14 IN LA MESA

Get Ready to Kick-off Summer with a fitness Boot Camp for all levels and instruction provided by Fit-X San Diego. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, just beginning a fitness routine, or merely thinking about increasing your physical activity this workshop is a “no risk” opportunity to learn what the Boot Camp craze is all about. Instructors will identify exercises for all fitness levels. Wear appropriate workout clothing, sports shoes, and bring a towel.  Not sure but curious? Join in the observer section – but dress appropriately and bring a towel anyway – you might catch Boot Camp fever!

SUPERVISOR JACOB ADDRESSES LA MESA CHAMBER MEMBERS

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

April 23, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Chamber members and local business owners joined together on Tuesday, April 14th to learn of upcoming Chamber activities and hear from the guest speaker, Supervisor Dianne Jacob. 

Supervisor Jacob shared her accomplishments from the past several years, discussed new ordinances for agricultural activities within the county and shared her new passion, The Alzheimer's Project: A Call To Arms.

The Supervisor shared the startling statistics of the negative and detrimental impact of this disease. Supervisor Jacob also informed the audience that not only does Alzheimer's impact the deterioration in the health of the patient, but it has a huge negative impact on the family members that are care givers. She is encouraging partners on this project and challenged groups to come on board and be a part of this project.

PRET-A-PORTER SALON & SPA RAISES FUNDS FOR CLEAN BEACHES IN SAN DIEGO

 

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa)--Thirty years ago, a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL ROUNDUP

By Kristin Kjaero

April 14, 2015 (La Mesa) – A retirement, traffic circle safety on Harbinson after a crash, and permitting  projects after construction (from a chicken coop to a cave) were topics before the La Mesa City Council tonight.

The unmistakable star at the La Mesa City Council meeting today was Max, who is retiring at the ripe age of 7. That’s because Max is a chocolate lab and Police narcotic dog. Together with his handler, Officer Derek Cox, they have recovered over 2,700 grams of narcotics and made more than 156 felony narcotics arrests. To show he was on the job one last time, Max pawed up to inspect the Councilmembers’ desks as Cox made the rounds shaking hands. As handlers and dogs form such a strong bonds, Max is being allowed to stay with the family he loves.

CHIEF ED ACEVES PASSES THE BATON AND WALKS INTO RETIREMENT

By Bonnie Baranoff

April 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m., 30-year La Mesa Police Department veteran and outgoing Police Chief Ed Aceves will “walk out” in what has become a traditional retirement ceremony at the La Mesa Police Department. Though officially retired in December 2014, he stayed on until his replacement, Chief Walter Vasquez, had a week to transition into the job.

In an ECM exclusive, Aceves shares how he got into law enforcement, how technology and communications have changed the field, his most memorable moments, and his plans for the future.

APRIL 16: NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--You wouldn’t think of going on vacation, taking a new job or even retiring without some advance planning. But most people don’t plan ahead for what could be life’s most important decision.

HELEN STODDARD, A POWERFUL WOMAN IN EAST COUNTY'S PAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –April is Women’s History Month.   It’s an appropriate time to share a story about a remarkable woman from East County’s past. Helen Gerrells Stoddard, a former resident of La Mesa , Lemon Grove and Ramona, was a prominent leader in the fight to win women the right to vote,  as well as in the temperance movement. She even earned a place in history at the national political level.

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