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LA MESA -- On Thursday, November 28, 2013 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. a residence in the 5900 block of Bertro Drive was burglarized. Entry was made through the kitchen window. Loss included three video games and three computers. There is no suspect description at this time. Click on map right for crime location. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400. The Crime Prevention Unit offers free home security inspections. Call 667-7545 to schedule an inspection for more information on home security.
Statistically, speeding remains the number 1 injury traffic accident causing contributor in La Mesa. Officers determine and gauge whether someone is “speeding” or not by evaluating if they are driving too fast for the present conditions or not. On city streets, unlike on the freeway, your safe speed is ruled by California Vehicle Code section 22350, which states: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.
Notice that this section never mentions a particular speed. Your “safe speed for the present conditions” is dictat ed by the regulatory speed limit signs in the area and the traffic, weather and road conditions. Please adhere to the a bove Vehicle Code…
Winter Wonder Jam Takes On Special Groove
CUYAMACA COLLEGE -- If home-grown music is your thing, then the place to be this Friday night is the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater, the venue for the always eclectic and entertaining Winter Wonder Jam, produced by students in the college’s Music Industry program.
Headlining this year’s show is the genre-defying group, Lyrical Groove, a 2013 San Diego Music Award winner for best hip-hop artists. Sharing the Cuyamaca stage will be the heavy metal sounds of It All Starts Here; the electronica band, D.L.O.D. (Digital Lizards of Doom) and rock/jazz instrumentalist Jay Williams.
Admission to the annual event is three cans of food to be donated to the San Diego Food Bank or $5.
The entirely student-produced event is designed to teach students what it takes to put on a large-scale production. Every aspect of the concert is handled by the class: auditioning bands, developing a marketing plan, creating posters and fliers, promoting the concert via social media, setting up the event, managing the stage transitions from one band to the next, and running the live sound – all under the tutelage of co-instructors Annie Zuckerman and Taylor Smith.
Music Industry Studies is a transfer degree program that focuses on all aspects of developing a career in the music industry, providing training and instruction in music, technology, and business. Students enrolled in the program’s Music Industry Seminar have been putting on the Winter Wonder Jam for the last four years, and also produce the Coyote…Continue
Winter Is A Time Of Magic
LA MESA -- Nose pressed against the freezing window pane. Hands cupped around my eyes to shadow from the glare. The bite of the cold through the glass. I watched the first snow flakes of Winter drifting to earth. Its a great Saturday, but of course every Saturday is great because there's no school. The furnace is chugging along keeping the rooms warm whilst outside the sky is gray with rolling clouds, the air is filled with wee white things that to my young eyes are magic. Magic each year at this time. I quickly dash to the closet and pull my mackinaw and boots from their hiding places. Love these ole rubber galoshes, the ones with the three buckles up the side. I can do anything whilst wearing these guys. I can wade in the pretty deep puddles, cross the shallow creek just a little ways from my back door, ease into the water to capture the crawdads in the summer. And best of all, I can walk through the grand snow and never get my shoes wet. Oh sure, my toes really start to hurt from the cold but I dont have to worry about my mum shouting about getting my feet wet in the cold.
Galoshes on, mackinaw buttoned tightly, gloves and stocking cap on, I am ready. Quickly out the front door and close it so the warm air doesnt get out, I step off the porch and look upward, tongue extended. Magic. No other word for it. Magic.I hear the gentle tinkle of the flakes striking the fallen snow at my feet. I feel the flakes touching, ever so softly on my face. I taste the wee magic spots of cold on my tongue. All about me is the magic world of Winter. I love the crunch with each step. I can hear other kids laughing and expect a barrage of snow balls at every…Continue
LA MESA -- Saturday was Shop Small Saturday, an event sponsored by American Express to promote shopping at local small businesses. I love the concept, and it's nice to see neighbors walking past my Lifesighs Cards shop and stopping in to say hi. Some people buy things, some don't, but it is really a splendid day regardless of the bottom line. This year, my second Shop Small experience, was special, and all because of the bags American Express provided to small merchants like me.
Before I get to the part about the bags, I would like to point out that what happened with the bags relates to my late friend Father Naus's practice of seeing "Make me feel important" on the forehead of every person he encountered, a generous and thoughtful behavior I think is worthy of emulation. In fact, I thought it such a profoundly powerful practice, I wrote about it here on La Mesa Today a while back. Much to my dismay, my reference to his kindness towards everyone he saw became muddied by comments about seeing "sucker" or "loser" on people's foreheads instead.
I never dreamed my remarks about Father Naus would be followed up with the words losers or suckers. I wrote about his kindness because the concept itself took my breath away when I read about it in a letter describing his eulogy. I wrote about it because it made me think: "What a simple thing to do. Treat people with respect and honor just because they breathe."
Now to the bags...
As I looked out the window of my store on Shop Small…Continue
LA MESA -- A police helicopter and cruisers are in the area of 4200 Spring Street looking for a robbery suspect
Police are looking for a robbery suspect described as a black male, mid 20's, 5'6, wearing dark gray hooded sweatshirt with horizontal white stripes across the front. Subject has a skateboard and possibly armed with a dark colored beretta handgun.
Buy Some Art, Give A Gift
LA MESA -- Foothills artists are celebrating the "Gift of Art" this month at the Foothills Art Gallery 4910 Memorial Drive La Mesa (right opposite the Senior center).
Members are donating art work to the Association which will then be sold at "gift" prices to raise funds for the Gallery. These are ORIGINAL art pieces and none will be more than $50... and some a lot less! So if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, or if you just want to spoil yourself, then come on down to the Gallery and pick up a bargain! Gallery is open 11am - 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and the show will be hung on the morning of Friday 6th December.
Utility Extends Power Outage Through 4 P.M.
LA MESA -- San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting Tuesday morning that power remains out for 1,568 customers on the west side of La Mesa. The utility is estimating that power will be restored by 4 p.m.
MT. HELIX -- A continuously dangerous corner added another major accident to its history Friday.
Traffic on Fuerte Road at Lemon Avenue was disrupted Friday morning when a motorist attempting a left-hand turn from Lemon onto Fuerte in a Honda sedan was hit broadside by a pickup truck traveling east.
The driver of the pickup was injured and taken to Grossmont Hospital. The two passengers in the sedan were bruised but did not require hospitalization.
Residents of the area raced to the scene after the loud impact and explained this was not an uncommon experience.
Motorists regularly speed on Fuerte in both directions, they say, and motorists attempting to enter from Lemon often have limited time to judge the distance and speed of on-coming cars.
Neighbors say they have petitioned for lower speed limits, a stop sign or even a light at the corner, but officials have never agreed the steps were necessary.
Highway Patrol officers investigating the crash agreed that the speed limit on Fuerte -- officially 35 m.p.h. -- is often exceeded and probably should be 25 given the residential nature of the…
LA MESA -- There will be no great big balloons floating down La Mesa Boulevard.
Though undoubtedly some residents of the Jewel of the Hills will give in to the holiday hype and race to Black Friday shopping frenzies -- even on Thursday! -- most will sleep in.
In our view of what makes living in La Mesa so pleasant is the understated nature of the place. Though many of us won't experience the full Saturday Evening Post Thanksgiving, we will embroider in our minds the missing elements and will find ourselves at a table with family and friends, too much food, a pick-up football game or a long, leafy walk with a dog and spouse.
And when the moment comes, when someone is glanced at and asked to "give the blessing" or "make a Thanksgiving toast," we add these things to family, food and health for which to be thankful this year:
-- For the banker John Vigil (right) for his unrelenting efforts to add lights to the La Mesa Village ambiance each holiday season.
-- For Frank Dittmer (What A Dish!), Minh Nguyen (Slides), the team of David and Lesley Cohn and Michelle Kveen (Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden) and Kristy Allenson (Boulevard Barber & Shave) for investing such time, effort and treasure in bringing new commerce to our town.
-- For George Petrou (photo above), the irrepressible olive salesman at the La Mesa Farmer's Market, whose unabashed promotion of Greek culture and history alone is worth the price of…Continue
LA MESA -- The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to launch a slightly scaled-back La Mesa Village street scape renovation project and also agreed to use parking meter money to help maintain the improvements when they are completed.
The council's vote came with little debate and after Greg Humora, the city's Public Works czar, had explained that project managers had decided to eliminate some minor work on Village side streets to assure the project could stay within the $6-million budget available for improvements between Fourth Street and Acacia along the Village's main drag.
Humora said some work along Spring Street and Lemon Avenue would be eliminated from this first phase of the project as well as some sidewalk work on sides streets extending south from La Mesa Boulevard.
Humora and City Manager Dave Witt both described these eliminated portions of the project as relatively minor when compared with the rest of the project and expressed hope that grant money would be found in the future to complete these side streets.
Humora reviewed the new street design and explained why virtually all the trees currently lining La Mesa Boulevard will have to be removed and replaced as part of this project.
The dominant kind of tree along the avenue now is a form of Liquid Amber with invasive roots that are significantly damaging streets, sidewalks and buildings up and down the avenue.
City officials are aware that cutting down mature trees -- like the massive one in front of Cosmos Cafe -- will not be popular with local residents, but the cost of keeping them is increasing as the city is responsible for fixing damaged…Continue