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The Grossmont College Visual Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the English Department’s, One Book One Campus year-long reading of the Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, invites you to preview artworks from some of San Diego’s finest in preparation for the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society - 100x100: Artists for Healing on Friday, March 14 in the Hyde Art Gallery.
Visit the gallery on the Grossmont Campus from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm to prioritize the art works you would like to own....
Attend the reception on Friday, March 14 from 7-9 pm, plan to make your $100 donation to the American Cancer Society, and then select a work of art from our artists’ gift exchange. Selection is by first come - first serve! Parking is free in Lot 1 the night of the reception only!
Celebrate the healing power of the arts in making our lives better by bringing artwork into your life and helping us finish the fight with your donation to the American Cancer Society.
Go to our website for more information: www.grossmont.edu/artgallery/
Download how the gift exchange works and a list of artists. …Continue
LA MESA -- In an otherwise uneventful and blissfully short City Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to fund La Mesa's return to full membership in the East County Economic Development Council.
The vote was a victory for Councilman Ernie Ewin who had championed La Mesa's return after dropping out of the organization several years ago.
At the time it left, Mayor Art Madrid questioned whether the organization delivered measurable return on the city's investment. Membership costs the city $3,000 per year.
Over the last two council meetings, members of the ECEDC (see photo above) addressed city officials and reviewed detailed plans for promoting business expansion, attracting new business and championing plans to expand economic development around Gillespie Field, the small airport in El Cajon that local officials are targeting for an "aerotropolis" development effort that could benefit all of East County.
The proposal to rejoin the ECEDC was approved 5-0, but not without Madrid and Ewin exchanging a few subtle political punches and counter-punches.
Madrid took the opportunity of the plaintiff ECEDC management's presentation to ask if they would support a La Mesa effort to win "All-American City" designation for the city.
Of course they would was the answer.
Ewin then informed the ECEDC staff that, in fact, the council had already voted against seeking the designation, but the mayor is pursuing the effort without other groups within the city.
In the end, a quiet reminder that this is an election year.
The council also approved a proclamation proclaiming March as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month and…Continue
LA MESA -- I grabbed my vanilla yogurt from the dairy case at Trader Joe's just in time to see a little boy scooped up by his mother as they dashed to tell someone where they spied the plush Trader Joe's green monkey hidden not so out of sight. He was so happy. So was she. And right there in the store between the brownies and the orange juice I was overcome. I had to fight to hold back tears. The smell of the grocery store, the little boy's excitement at finding the monkey and the mom's exuberance at his joy carried me back to those days when my kids were little. "You found it!" she said. "I know!!" he answered. Nothing but pure goodness there at Trader Joe's this morning. But there was more...
I pushed my cart out of the store and headed for Kahoots to get some dog food for my dear Ben. As I headed toward the door I saw an elderly man looking at the plants outside Trader Joe's. He had a walker. His wife was nearby with the cart into which he would, with her help, set his fragrant selection before they headed in to do their shopping. And right there outside the store between the shamrocks and the succulents I was overcome. I had, again, to fight to hold back tears. The smell of the flowers in the front of the store and the sight of carts and people coming in and out and the man in his nice slacks and pastel shirt made me think of my dad looking at flowers outside the Vons in years gone by.
Driving my car through the parking lot, I stopped to let two construction guys cross the driveway in front of me. Probably heading for lunch, working up at Grossmont Hospital. They waved thanks. I thought of all the times I have been to that hospital in my life…Continue
County Beefs Up Elder Care Oversight
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County officials took action Tuesday to improve the level of care and oversight at nursing homes and other elder care facilities in the wake of troubling reports of poor supervision and treatment.
The Board of Supervisors voted to back a package of initiatives that include the expansion of a patient advocacy program, creation of a special prosecution unit and the development of a seal or grading system for residential care homes.
“While many assisted living homes and skilled nursing facilities do right by our elderly, others are a source of shame,” said board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob (in photo right). “The conditions at some homes are deplorable. There’s not enough staff training. There’s not enough supervision. There’s not enough state oversight. And when the state does act, the penalties lack punch.”
Jacob called for the reforms in her recent State of the County address, following a series of watchdog reports in U-T San Diego and other media outlets that documented disturbing gaps in treatment and supervision, leading in some cases to serious illness and even death.
“We can’t wait for the state to take action, not when vulnerable people are at risk,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. “We need to take action at the local government level, right here, right now!”
“Protecting senior citizens in our community is one of my priorities as District Attorney,” DA Bonnie Dumanis said. “Thanks to Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and the Board of Supervisors, we can concentrate more of our efforts over the next year on investigating and prosecuting crimes against our most vulnerable citizens and raising public awareness about preventing and…Continue
LA MESA -- Police are warning that special DUI patrols will be out looking for motorists who try a bit too much of the green beer or Irish whisky on St. Patrick's Day.
Police are recommending a designated driver rather than counting on the luck o' the Irish. See traffic information below.
Case Highlights: On Thursday, March 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m. the clerk from the Arco AM/PM located at 3775 Massachusetts Avenue called the La Mesa Police to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint.
The suspect entered the store and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. The victim gave the suspect cash from the register and the suspect was last seen fleeing from the business through the front door. The clerk was not injured during the robbery.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as: Suspect: Black male in his 30s approximately 5’ 10” wearing a red jacket. The suspect was also wearing a ski mask to conceal his face. The weapon was described as a light colored black semi-automatic handgun. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
Traffic Information: For the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations next weekend, the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit is preparing to participate in extra DUI enforcement. La…Continue
LA MESA -- Heading into another election year in the Jewel of the Hills, we thought it would be good to gauge the mood of the electorate.
While the regular speakers at City Council meetings tend to focus in on a few key issues, election years have a way of focusing the political mind on the vox populi -- the greater number of residents whose political engagement may be less day-to-day, but it is their votes and concerns that will drive the election results.
La Mesa Today is conducting its own survey. The questions linked below are completely anonymous and the results will be shared in the coming months.
To take the Ten Questions For La Mesa survey, CLICK HERE.
Let’s say you are in 11th grade and it’s almost the first day of Spring. That means you have, perhaps, 17 months left before you leave home to start on your college adventure. What if, today, you have absolutely no clue as to where you wish to be 17 months from now? Well, after you read this, you will, hopefully, have an idea on how to begin your college search post haste!
To get you started, let’s first answer the question: What Do Liberty University, UCLA, & Kenyon College, have in common? The short answer: other than being institutes of higher learning, not much! You might ask, "how different can these colleges be?” Oh, so very different indeed. Liberty University considers itself the largest Christian university in the world. It enrolls 12,000 students and is situated on a 7,000 acre campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. According to the Liberty website, “the mission of Liberty University has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.” As an intentional contrast, world renown UCLA, on the opposite side of the continent, educates over 25,000 undergraduates on 419 acres all located within a few short miles of both Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean. UCLA’s mission statement reads in part: “We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance.” The third example, Kenyon College, is a small, liberal arts college (SLAC) located in the middle of the country, in Gambier, Ohio. ‘Small’ refers to, at Kenyon, 1600 enrolled students. ‘Liberal Arts’ refers to a traditional four year, broad-ranged curriculum of study as opposed to a professional or career track program. SLAC’s are, generally, undergraduate institutions with minimal to no graduate programs offered. Kenyon’s website simply states that it is "a small school where academic…Continue
MIMBRENO DINNERWARE, A SLICE OF AMERICANA
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway is celebrated in print, song and film as the railroad that opened the Great Southwest. Stretching from the great lakes to the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Fe brought non-native civilization to some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. Along with the railroad came the legendary Fred Harvey Company, operator of the Santa Fe’s meal stops, hotels, and later, its dining cars.
Mimbreno Railroad China became as synonymous with the Santa Fe line as did Fred Harvey and his Harvey House chain of restaurants. The notion of sitting down to a formal dinner in a railroad dining car and begin served classic American cuisine on china (Mimbreno dinnerware) seems almost legendary or perhaps like a scene from a classic movie.
The Onandaga Pottery Company produced Mimbreno China from 1936 to 1970 exclusively for the Santa Fe Dining Car Department. It was used on all of their dining cars until the end of service in 1971, whereupon it became highly coveted in the collector’s market. Today, it is exceedingly rare.
Through special agreement with the AT&SF Railway, Mimbreno China is being recreated to the same high standards laid down by the original designer, Mary Colter. The designs are exactly as on the originals, in the same shades of maroon with charcoal accents. Mimbreno China is the same hotel grade, high-fire vitreous china use on the dining cars of a by-gone era. The manufacturer has matched the shapes as closely as possible to the prototype pieces and all ware carries the original and elaborate Santa Fe…Continue
LA MESA -- La Mesa police are looking for a robbery suspect who struck early this morning at a gas station on the city's west side.
Police said that at about 4:30 a.m., the clerk from the Arco AM/PM located at 3775 Massachusetts Avenue called the La Mesa Police to report that he had been robbed at gun-point.
The suspect entered the store and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. The victim gave the suspect cash from the register and the suspect was last seen fleeing from the business through the front door. The clerk was not injured during the robbery. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as: Black male in his 30s approximately 5’ 10” wearing a red jacket. The suspect was also wearing a ski mask to conceal his face. The weapon was described as a light colored black semi-automatic handgun.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.