La Mesa

PASSAGES: ACTOR AND DIRECTOR DENNIS HOPPER, 74, DIES AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER

 

Easy Rider director had roots in East County

 

by Christopher Mohr

 
June 1, 2010 (La Mesa)-- Dennis Hopper, who won critical acclaim as director of the movie Easy Rider and as a supporting actor in Hoosiers, died Saturday (May 29) after losing a battle with prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74. 
 
Born May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper moved to Lemon Grove when he was 13. He attended Helix High School and was among the school's first class of graduates in 1954. In his youth he showed a love for acting and theater that led to a career spanning six decades. 

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?

THREE HEADED TO AKRON, OH AFTER WINNING LA MESA SOAP BOX DERBY RACES

by Christopher Mohr

 

May 24, 2010 (La Mesa) - Bryce Taylor, Sam Ferguson and Ellen Blackwell each won their respective divisions at the La Mesa Soap Box Derby Race on Saturday (May 22). The course was set up on a downhill section of Junior High Drive next to the La Mesa Middle School. Competitors faced each other in tournament bracket pairings to determine the division winners. 

 
As a result of winning their respective divisions, Taylor, Ferguson and Blackwell earned the right to participate in the National Soap Box Derby, held in Akron, OH in July. 

LA MESA TO CONSIDER PROGRAM TO TURN IN UNUSED OR EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 

May 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – Councilmember Ernest Ewin has proposed that La Mesa create a program to encourage residents to turn in unused and expired prescription drugs and also launch a “No Drugs Down the Toilet or Drain” campaign.  The proposal will be considered by Council on Tuesday, May 25 during the Council meeting starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

“Prescription drugs have long been recognized as a threat to child health and related criminal activity,” Ewin wrote in a memo to the Mayor and members of the City Council. “Also, drugs in landfills, our streams, bays and ocean are also of concern.”

WALK SAN DIEGO HONORS LEMON GROVE'S MAYOR SESSOM WITH SPECIAL AWARD


City of La Mesa and City Heights Community Center also among honorees in San Diego's eastern regions

May 22, 2010 (San Diego) – Walk San Diego’s recent Golden Footprint Awards included a special recognition to Lemon Grove’s Mayor Mary Sessom for “outstanding vision and leadership in promoting walkable communities.”

 

 

ART IN THE GARDEN: MAY 21 IN LA MESA

 

May 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – Enjoy Art in the Garden this Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Gio Bistro Wine Bar. O’Dunn Fine Art and Bella Mesa Galleries will showcase artwork for sale, offering special pricing for art garden visitors. Also enjoy free wine-tasting, appetizers, and visiting with local artists and gallery owners.

 

POLICE NAB MAN ACCUSED OF ROBBING CREDIT UNION AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

Slim pickings for suspect Robert William Pickens

 

May 11, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police today arrested Robert William Pickens, 44, of San Diego on suspicion of holding up the Mission Federal Credit Union at Grossmont Center.

KIWANIS CLUB WILL SEND 3 EAST COUNTY YOUNGSTERS TO OHIO; WHO WILL THEY BE?

May 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Three East County youngsters are going to Akron, Ohio, this July to compete in the National All-American Soap Box Derby. They will be winners of their divisions in the 8th Annual Drew Ford-Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby. Who will they be?

That won’t be known until race day, Saturday, May 22, on Junior High Drive adjacent to La Mesa Middle School.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST DEAN CALBREATH TO SPEAK MAY 5 IN LA MESA

April 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Dean Calbreath, a business columnist/reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that exposed bribery by former Congressman Duke Cunningham. Calbreath will speak on Wednesday, May 5th at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club meeting.

BIGGEST HARMONICA PARTY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: SPRING HARP FEST XI APRIL 3 IN LA MESA

 

 

April 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – Groove to the sounds of blues harmonica at Spring Harp Fest XI, April 3rd at Harry Griffen Park ampitheater in La Mesa from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The benefit event is free to the public, though donations are welcome.

 

Proceeds in past years helped purchase 3,000 harmonicas for kids at local “Blues in the Schools” presentations, introducing youngsters countywide to the joys of music jam sessions.

ART MADRID NAMED LA MESA'S MAYOR IN PERPETUITY

 

Politics and religion mix in faith-based power pact

 

By Francine Phillips

 

April 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa’s long-time Mayor Art Madrid has signed a pact with the powers that be to remain the Mayor of La Mesa for eternity. Rumors that his political career is dead are unfounded. Madrid will still be mayor even after his earthly demise, St. Peter confirmed in an exclusive interview with East County Magazine.

NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

March 30, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Thirty-nine young women from East County entered the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageant,s which crowned winners on March 5th. The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1950’s. Mayors Art Madrid and Randy Voepel presented Miss La Mesa 2010 Erynne Grecco, Miss La Mesa Teen 2010 Danamarie McNicholl-Carter, Miss Santee 2010 Kimberly Swank and Miss Santee Teen 2010 Taylor Shelton.

CAR BURGLARIES ON RISE IN LA MESA

 

March 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seeks the public’s help to reduce a growing number of car burglaries.

 

Over the past month, car burglaries have occurred throughout the City but the l pattern has been for a small area to be targeted and several cars burglarized from late evening to sunrise. Most frequently targeted areas are along Baltimore Drive north of Fletcher Parkway, Parkway Drive west of Baltimore Drive, and the residential areas around the intersection of Amaya Drive and Severin Drive. Apartment and condominium complexes, where residents do not have garage parking, have also been frequent targets.

GUNMAN ROBS ATM CUSTOMER AT BANK IN LA MESA

 

 

March 15, 2010 (La Mesa) – A man sitting on the curb outside Wachovia Bank at 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard Friday afternoon waited as a customer withdrew money from the ATM machine, then displayed a handgun and demanded the money. The victim handed over the cash and the suspect fled northbound in traffic lanes of Baltimore Drive.

3 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER FOLLOWING FIGHT AT NORTHMONT PARK IN LA MESA

 

March 10, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police has arrested Anthony Long, 19, of El Cajon and two juvenile males from El Cajon and Santee for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The assault occurred on March 6 at Northmont Park in LA Mesa.

The suspects were arrested after search warrants were obtained and searches conducted on three homes in East County. According to the police investigation, two groups of young men got into a phone argument over a girl following a party in El Cajon, then agreed to meet at Northmont Park for a fight.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL WORKER WITH TB PROMPTS WARNING TO PATIENTS

 

 

February 26, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Sharp Grossmont Hospital officials to notify patients, visitors and employees who may have been exposed to a hospital worker diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The period of concern is Oct. 4, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2010, and limited to individuals who worked or visited one patient care floor of the hospital’s West Tower between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

 

O’DUNN FINE ART EXPANDS OFFERINGS IN NEW LA MESA LOCATION

 

February 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Leaders in the arts and business communities gathered Thursday for the grand re-opening of O’Dunn Fine Art, which moved into an expansive new space across the street from its original location in La Mesa’s downtown village.

 

LA MESA LAUNCHES NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE

 

City aims to attract, retain businesses in challenging economic times

February 20, 2010 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa… Seeking to encourage businesses to remain in La Mesa and attract new businesses to the community, the City of La Mesa has launched a redesigned economic development webpage at www.cityoflamesa.com/economicdevelopment aimed at providing up-to-date information including listings of space available, guides for property owners and start-up businesses.

O'DUNN FINE ART CELEBRATES GRAND RE-OPENING TODAY AT 5:30

February 18, 2010 (La Mesa)--The public is invited to a reception and grand-reopening of O'Dunn Fine Art from 5:30 to 7:30 today.   The gallery has moved to a newer, larger location at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, across the street from its original space in La Mesa's downtown village. 

PEDESTRIAN SKY BRIDGE TO GROSSMONT CENTER BREAKS GROUND, THANKS TO STIMULUS FUNDS

 

February 14, 2010 (La Mesa)—A groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m. for improvements including an elevator tower, stairs, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the Grossmont Transit Center trolley stop and residential community to Grossmont Shopping Center shops and nearby businesses.

NEW LITTLE PADRES PARK IN ROLANDO SCORES A HOME RUN WITH LITTLE LEAGUERS

 

by Kristin Kjaero

 

February 13, 2010 (La Mesa) -- On Monday the lower field at Rolando Park in La Mesa was dedicated as the 40th official Little Padres Park.

 

Padres closing pitcher Heath Bell and president/CEO Tom Garfinkel were on hand for the occasion--much to the delight of Rolando Little League players and their families.

 

 

LA MESA MAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR WITH BABY DIED OF HEROIN & ALCOHOL, CORONER SAYS

 

February 7, 2010 (La Mesa) James Robinson, 29, of La Mesa died of acute heroin and alcohol intoxication, the San Diego County Medical Examiner has found. Robinson was found slumped over his infant child at Gas Depot, a gas station on in San Diego on January 4.

 

MAYOR MADRID’S PERSPECTIVES: THE PAST YEAR, THE NEW YEAR, AND THE FUTURE OF LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 2, 2010 (La Mesa)--In an exclusive interview, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid offered his perspectives on the past year and the coming one. Despite challenging economic times for communities across America, La Mesa has weathered the storm in better shape than many.  Mayor Madrid provides insights into the city’s successes, future challenges, and new initiatives on the horizon—including consolidating some services with neighboring communities, revitalizing the downtown village, starting a community garden, and gearing up for the city’s centennial celebration in 2012.

SHOPPER STABBED DURING PURSE-SNATCHING AT GROSSMONT CENTER; REWARD OFFERED

 

January 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – Two white men, one with a mustache, stole a purse and injured a woman who was walking from Walmart to her vehicle in the parking lot at Grossmont Center on Thursday, January 22nd.

 

A green older model Chevy or Ford pickup pulled up in front of the woman and a passenger got out, then tried to slash the victim’s purse strap with a knife. During a struggle, she sustained a deep cut on her hand.

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