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Candidates Forum A Polite Affair
LA MESA -- As he began the Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum Thursday night, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid endeavored to draw a clear distinction between he and his opponent, saying "Elections are about choices and here you have two candidates who couldn't be more different.''
Madrid dramatically challenged his opponent, City Councilman Mark Arapostathis, to a two-hour debate, but as this two-hour forum unfolded it wasn't so easy for the 100 in attendance to draw substantive differences between Madrid and Arapostathis, nor among the five other candidates vying for the other two open council seats.
Everyone on the panel had long resumes of public service. All the candidates expressed love for La Mesa and stood, with only slight differences, for protecting and defending police and fire services and the small town feel of the Jewel of the Hills.
It was a sort of low-key, get-to-know-you candidates night in which each candidate, presented below in alphabetical order, sought to establish their own theme:
Enjoying the endorsement of the other three current council members, "Dr. A," as he is often called, listed the new police, fire and library facilities as well as the Allison Avenue renovation and the downtown streetscape project currently underway as examples of a council working…Continue
LA MESA -- A note from the president:
October is the Small Image Show… and the prize money has gone up! ($100/1st Prize; $75/2nd Prize; $50/3rd Prize) The size limit is seven inches of image in any direction… (the frame size doesn’t matter) and each artist may submit three entries. I can’t wait to see the “little gems”.
The Wildlife in Art Show is creeping up on us. Please do not forget that entries are now electronic and photographic and have to be submitted by the Wednesday, October 1st and that is only about two weeks away!
There will be no demo in December, but by popular request we are going to bring back the holiday art sale and pot luck. I bought a gorgeous watercolor last year which I eventually framed and gave as a gift to another art lover. Proceeds from the holiday art sale will go to Foothills funds. You will see more about this in the next issue.
The old debate has been brought up about demo times. The Board has decided that the three months December, January and February will again be daytime meetings (meetings will begin at 1:00 pm.) In March, we will revert to evening meetings. We have to remember that many of our members (myself included) are still working or have daytime commitments and find it difficult to attend daytime activities.
Sorry we can’t please everyone on this issue… we can only be fair.
Storm Cell Rips Through Avocado Boulevard
LA MESA -- Thunderstorms ripped through sections of El Cajon and the southeast corner of La Mesa this afternoon, knocking down trees and soaking the area with heavy rains.
Sheriff's deputies said the storm cell hit sections of Rancho San Diego hard, knocking down trees and knocking out power to the Vons shopping center at Avocado Boulevard near the 94.
"It was like a hurricane just came down,'' one witness to the destruction said.
Sheriff's deputies dispatched to close off the area said it was miraculous no one was injured with so much timber flying around. One man who had just exited McDonald's heard branches snapping and ran inside just as large branches smashed his truck.
"It was good it was raining,'' an officer said. "People stayed inside.''
The storm, however, was isolated as areas of La Mesa and El Cajon saw nothing but blue skies and a little wind as the cell moved through just after 1 p.m. Temperatures broke the 100 mark again in the Jewel of the Hills. The storm seemed to cut a swath starting along Fury Lane and moving south and slightly west as it crossed Avocado. Fences were knocked down and homes on the hills surrounding the area sustained some damage. Merchants were struggling to keep perishables cool in the heat as electricity remained out into the evening.
By evening, crews with chainsaws and front loaders had descended on the area and were clearing roads as deputies and Highway Patrol officers stood in for traffic lights dimmed by the power outage.
La Mesa Today photos by Gina Garcia, Luis Garcia and Chris Lavin.…Continue
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Lions Club is hosting its 15th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament and fundraiser, Sat., Sept. 20th at the Sun Valley Golf Course on Memorial Dr. in La Mesa. Registration, which starts at 8:30 a.m. is $25 per person (including lunch!) and is open to the public.
The tournament raised more than $5,000 last year from community participation and features a $1,000 cash prize for the Hole-In-One contest. The annual tournament benefits La Mesa’s youth and sight-impaired programs and is dedicated to the memory of two Lions who lived the Lions motto, “We Serve,” -- longtime East County physicians Jack Hardebeck and William Soldmann, Jr. Drs. Hardebeck and Soldmann were well-known medical leaders as well as members of the La Mesa Lions for decades.
Dr. Soldmann was instrumental in the planning and building of Grossmont Hospital in the late 1940s, and served as the first Chief of Staff when it opened in 1954. For 12 years he served on the hospital board and was a nationally renowned expert on rattlesnakes, publishing many articles on the subject. In 1975, the physical rehabilitation center on the hospital campus was named in his honor. Dr. Soldmann was an original charter member of the La Mesa Lions when it was formed in 1948, and he helped establish and lead the club’s many projects.
Dr. Hardebeck was a recognized general practitioner, serving on the original Grossmont Hospital Medical Staff in 1955 until his retirement in 1998. He was Chief of Staff from1973-1974, and served on many clinical committees during his 33 years at the hospital. He also served on the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board from 1994-2000,…Continue
By Anthony D. Mc Ivor
Second of four essays on the Term Limit proposal submitted by La Mesa Today member Anthony D. Mc Ivor. Readers are encouraged to comment below or submit formal responses to be considered for publication.
LA MESA -- In November, La Mesa voters will decide whether to change the Municipal Code and put into law a significant new ordinance. The ordinance will tell us – and future generations of La Mesa voters – who we can vote for, who we can’t and when.
Term limits are a politically-driven experiment that has already inflicted needless waste and expense on jurisdictions across the country. And the worst of it? There is simply no evidence that they work. Quite the contrary.
After 25 years of experimentation, the benefits claimed by advocates remain unrealized. Nor have term limits put a civic renaissance on the near horizon – anywhere. Experienced observers on both sides of the aisle now consider term limits political fool’s gold.
The word most often used to describe the impact of term limits is “disaster.” And not just in Sacramento. Evidence of failure comes from all directions.
The Joint Project on Term Limits – a cooperative effort by a team of political scientists, and professional staff at the National Council of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation – examined the effects of term limits…Continue
A Special Energy For Skincare
LA MESA -- When I pitched the idea to La Mesa Today about creating business profiles for the website, Jessika’s Aware Skincare immediately came to my mind. I’ve been following Jessika for years. My mother and I had been going to a local spa for a long time but it was hit or miss, until I had my first appointment with Jessika. There was something about her that stood out to me, she genuinely cared about my skin and took the time to sculpt my eyebrows to perfection. We hit it off immediately, her aura mixed with the fading scent of burning incense soothes me (and my eyebrows). I’m a very loyal customer and even when I moved to San Francisco for college, she was always one of my first stops when returning home to San Diego. She currently offers her services from her little spa at 10791 Jamacha Blvd., Suite 5 in Spring Valley.
Jessika is more than an esthetician; she is a positive force whose influence goes beneath the skin. Her interest in spiritual health and the ways in which she challenges her customers to be aware of what their skin is telling them, sets her apart from the rest. This question and answer is to highlight more than Jessika’s business. This is a profile of a friend to the La Mesa Community, your health, and myself. I hope I can help you see her the way I do.
What sparked your interest in being an esthetician?
I have been interested in botanical beauty since I was very young. Roses were blush brushes, honeysuckle was my lip-gloss, ground mica became shimmer dust, and pine needles were hair extensions. As a teen, I went from the clearest of skin to suffering with Acne and undergoing harsh Accutane treatments. This medication caused a very different set of issues with my skin, and I knew no way of relief by my dermatologist's shallow recommendations. I was gaining the…Continue
LA MESA -- Police are offering trips for making the drop off zones around schools less chaotic and safer for pedestrians and motorists.
See Traffic Information below.
Case Highlights: On September 7th, 2014 at approximately 8:20 PM, the Travelodge Motel located at 7911 University Avenue, La Mesa, was robbed by a suspect armed with a black handgun. An employee was working alone at the front desk of the Motel when an unknown suspect ran into the lobby and went behind the desk while brandishing a black handgun. The suspect demanded cash and then took an undisclosed amount from the cash drawer. The suspect fled out the front door and ran eastbound onto University Avenue. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male adult, approximately 5’10” tall with a muscular build. The suspect was wearing a black watch cap, red bandana over his face, black pants and shoes, light colored gloves and a dark colored t-shirt with a white logo on the front chest.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580- TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com ).
You can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
Traffic Information: Back to School season is a busy and exciting time, a time for fun and learning. It should not be a time for tragedy. As parents prepare to provide their kids with the essential school supplies and textbooks,…
La Mesa Today Backs Kids Care Fest
LA MESA -- La Mesa Today, the news and information website featuring local news about La Mesa, its people and its neighborhoods, has been named a media sponsor of the 2014 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event open to the public.
Now in its 13th year, Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa.
Gina Garcia, publisher of La Mesa Today, said the news organization is proud to join in this effort.
"We've been a part of Kids Care Fest for some years now and have come to appreciate what a great service this event is for the community," Garcia said. "We are happy to do all we can to make the community aware of how a few hours of fun can also improve the quality of a family's health and life.''
Organizers expect more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals.
Also available at the event will be free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists, along with free kids fingerprinting from the La Mesa Police Department and La Mesa Rotary Club.
Additional free activities will…Continue
Health Library Hosts Artist Grace Schlesier
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring an exclusive showing of 17 oil paintings by Grace Schlesier of El Cajon. This solo show will run through the end of September.
Schlesier, an award-winning Plein Air oil painter, specializes in coastal scenes. She has been named as one of the 10 top women artists in the U.S. by Art of the West, a fine art magazine.
“A painting is about how it makes you feel,” said Schlesier. “In my paintings, do you feel the warmth of a summer’s day, the lighthearted feeling of springtime or the rush of an oncoming storm? If you do, then I’ve done my job.”
She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists. She also is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Artists Professional League of New York, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, California Art Club, Salmagundi Club of New York City and Women Artists of the West.
Her painting of Torrey Pines -- Pinus torreyana, the nation’s rarest pine tree -- was selected for Paint Americas Top 100. Prints are sold at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve’s Visitor Center. Her work also has been included in several art books and publications, including “How Did You Paint That?” published by International Artist Magazine. Her website is…Continue
LA MESA -- Endeavoring to share the pain of Village merchants living through the streetscape construction zone, the City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to offer two free hours of parking to shoppers.
The change won't begin until at least mid-October and will only last 60 days at first so the council can gauge whether the meter vacation is judged useful by merchants who must also demonstrate support for the effort if it is to continue.
The decision ran counter to the advice the city's Parking Commission gave the council members. Speaking for the commission, Jim Wieboldt (in photo above) said the commissioners judged the free parking will result in motorists tying up spaces for long periods and making it more difficult to find spaces in a time when many spots are being blocked by the construction zone.
"None of the merchants have asked us for this,'' Wieboldt said. "None of the shoppers either.''
Mayor Art Madrid and Council member Ruth Sterling agreed with their parking commissioners and opposed the shift.
Three residents addressed the council on the issue with two supporting the parking meter moratorium and one saying the shift would cost the city money and will confuse motorists.
Council members Kristine Alessio, Mark Arapostathis and Ernie Ewin supported the change, though both Ewin and Arapostathis said merchants would have to come forward during the first 60 days to demonstrate their support and to partner with the council in developing ways to promote…