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Mr. Ybarra goes to Washington,
La Mesa man with ALS disease to meet with D.C. politicos
It began with unexplainable fatigue then weakness in his left arm and shoulder for Jessy Ybarra of La Mesa. “I regularly worked out with my trainer 3 days a week and it seemed like one day, my left side just couldn’t keep up with shoulder presses and pushups anymore,” said Ybarra. “Then, my left pinkie finger started curling up. Then, there was a twitch on my left triceps.”
After numerous trips to the doctor and a year of infusion treatments for what was believed to be an autoimmune disorder, the September 2017 diagnosis was confirmed: ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord for which there is no known cause, treatment or cure.
“I’m grateful that I’m progressing slower than most and I’m still able to walk and get around, but I’m not sure how much longer I will have the use of my hands or mobility on my own two feet before I need a wheelchair,” said Ybarra, 54, who works as a vice president for a local technology company. He spells his first name “Jessy” but it is pronounced as “Jesse.”
Jessy and wife Arlene have agreed to serve as legislative advocates for the local ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. As representatives of the local chapter, they will travel to Washington, D.C., June 9-11, for the 2019 National ALS Advocacy Conference. Activities will include visiting Capital Hill to share personal stories with members of Congress and advocate for additional funding for research and care services.
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Grossmont Center hosting Health Fair Saturday
LA MESA -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.
The free event is expected to feature information booths, including health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital health professionals for stroke and blood pressure, as well as the latest information on health-related techniques and products from for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additional information will be available on senior housing, home care services and assistance, senior recreation and fitness, health insurance, nutrition, cancer care and dentistry, as well as children’s care and services, diabetes care, Alzheimer’s resources, pet health, skin care and medication resources and counseling. Also, the San Diego Blood Bank will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Event sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Grossmont Center. For more information, contact Diana Senica, events coordinator, at the East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.
LA MESA -- Vista La Mesa Park has gained national recognition. The newly renovated park was redesigned to maximize park usage and encourage children and families to be more active together and has been designated as a National Demonstration Site.
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at 4:30 pm at 3955 King Street. The park features new landscaping; a sidewalk that circles the park providing an avenue for children and adults to walk around the entire park for fun and physical activity; exercise equipment placed for parents to watch their children play ball or on the playground; a renovated horseshoe pit; new picnic tables and benches spread throughout the park; a new restroom roof; and a beautiful new monument entryway.
A new GameTime playground features an EDCO truck play structure for ages 2-5 with educational nature and recycle signs nearby. The 5-12 play structure has a tree house with notched stumps for climbing, slides, a tree swing with “mommy & me” swing, leaf seat, spinning cattail, and a tree stump balance beam. It is an overall fun playground for children to use their imagination and to be active outdoors.
Park features were funded by donations by EDCO Disposal, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the California Parks and Recreation Society’s (CPRS) State-Wide Health Play Initiative in partnership with GameTime and Playcore.
For more information, visit cityoflamesa.us or call 619.667.1319.
Military families invited for
free food at La Mesa Chick-fil-A
on Wednesday, May 22nd
The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will honor the community’s military personnel and their families with a Military Appreciation Night from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.
All active duty member of the military or retired veterans who have honorably served, along with their immediate family members, are invited to enjoy their choice of a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Nuggets (8-count) or Chick-n-Strips (3-count). The free entrée offer is valid with a military ID or proof of service and is only available in-restaurant. The offer is limited to one entrée per military personnel or family member, and not valid with any other offer.
“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We hope that they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”
Military personnel not able to attend the Military Appreciation Night on May 22 can still receive a free reward in appreciation for their service. Military personnel who log in or download the Chick-fil-A App on May 22 will receive a free entrée that can be redeemed at any San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurant during regular business hours from May 23 through May 31.
This will be Chick-fil-A’s 12th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. Chick-fil-A’s Military…Continue
La Mesa resident, Legendary NBA Coach
Don Casey to be honored at ALS Association’s
2019 ALS Fiesta, fundraising dinner May 23
The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2019 ALS Fiesta, the chapter’s annual major fundraising dinner, at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. Sycuan Casino is the event’s presenting sponsor.
At the Fiesta, members of the ALS community will be honored. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s mission in care services, research and advocacy.
This year’s Fiesta, the fourth annual, will honor San Diegan and legendary basketball coach Don Casey for his 50 years of advocacy for ALS since losing his mother to the disease in 1969.
Casey, a native of New Jersey, coached at Temple University in Philadelphia and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics. He also served as a head coach for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and Clippers before retiring in 2000. In October 2018, Casey was inducted into the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Casey, a La Mesa resident, has served on ALS Association local chapter boards in New York and San Diego. Casey has served on the San Diego Chapter’s board of directors since 2002. In addition, since 2011, he has served on the 23-member ALS Association National Board of Directors. The Greater San Diego Chapter is one of 35 of 38 chapters nationwide.
The ALS Fiesta also will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction, entertainment and dinner. Individual admission tickets begin at $250 per person.…Continue
Anderson Running For Supervisor
LA MESA -- Joel Anderson, former State Assemblyman and State Senator, has officially announced his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in the 2020 election. District 2 includes the city of La Mesa.
Anderson, a Republican, recently made the announcement at a meeting of enthusiastic supporters at a Gillespie Field airport hanger in El Cajon.
Anderson, a longtime Alpine resident, previously served on a statewide level in the California State Assembly (2006-2010) and the California State Senate (2010-2018). He is known as an advocate for small business and a fiscal conservative.
The Second Supervisorial District, the largest of the county’s five districts, features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities with more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian along with the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the city of San Diego communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del Cerro, Grantville, Navajo, Rolando and San Carlos.
Anderson lists the major issues facing District 2 residents as roads, housing attainability, homelessness, mental health and career opportunities.
“I will work to improve our roads, support attainable housing and promote career opportunities,” Anderson told the crowd. “I believe our children and grandchildren deserve the same benefits we enjoyed growing up in San Diego County. If our family members can find housing and work, maybe we won't have to travel to Phoenix to visit our grandchildren.”
According to Anderson, “The County needs to do more to…Continue
From Beauty and the Beast’s hauntingly melancholic “If I Can’t Love Her” to the impassioned spirituality of Vaughn-Williams “Five Mystical Songs,” noted baritone Bill Marshall “sings it all!” Think the exuberant “They Call the Wind Maria” from Paint Your Wagon and Theodore Roethke’s disturbing tale, “My Papa’s Waltz.”
All these – and more, much more, will be showcased when Marshall, accompanied by Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, appears as featured artist in program eight of East County’s popular Valerie Victor Concert Series.
Date: Sunday, May 24, 2019
Place: The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue. La Mesa, CA 91942
A free will offering will be taken.
Marshall’s extensive music theater background includes leading roles in Secret Garden, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Into the Woods, South Pacific, Sound of Music and many others. Coming up: featured soloist, Mehaffey Chorale’s Milan tour; lead, The Most Happy Fella at St. Paul, MN’s Skylark Opera and soloist with Pacific Coast Chorale for Mozart’s Requiem this May with City Ballet of San Diego.
Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, email@example.com, (619) 888-3401
Concert Features Songs Of Civil War
LA MESA -- From the rousing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to African-American spirituals, the folk songs of Stephen Foster and the heartfelt hope of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” the music of the Civil War era reflected the lives, faith, dreams and deaths of those who fought – and those who kept the home fires burning. As did their letters.
“My very dear Sarah: The indications are v
ery strong that we shall move in a few days…”
(letter from Major Sullivan Ballou, Union soldier)
“Yes we’ll rally round the flag, boys,
We’ll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom…”
“…we made forced marches by night…and for a week slept only one night…no proper food…no water, except what we got from the puddles…”
(letter from John G. Perry, Union soldier)
“There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole…”
Music for the ages, interwoven with readings of authentic Civil War letters. We invite you to join us for “Shenandoah,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “I Wanna Be Ready” and many, many more.
Valerie Victor Concert Series
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa 91942 – www.tableucc.com – 619-464-1519
2:00pm, Sunday, April 28, 2019
A free will offering will be taken.
Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619)…Continue
Free Breakfast At Chick-Fil-A
LA MESA -- The 14 Chick-fil-A® restaurants in San Diego County will offer a free breakfast entrée this week to guests who create or log in to their Chick-fil-A App account. From March 25 to 30, guests have a choice of Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit, a Chick-n-Mini (4-count), an Egg White Grill or Hash Brown Scramble. The Chick-fil-A Grossmont restaurant is located at 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.
The free offer, awarded exclusively through the Chick-fil-A App, is limited to one per person per week and valid only during breakfast hours (restaurant opening until 10:30 a.m.). Anyone who creates or logs in to their account via the app while in the San Diego area will automatically receive the offer on their “rewards” tab, which can then be redeemed during checkout.
“We hope guests will stop by and enjoy a complimentary breakfast item on us as a token of our appreciation for their patronage,” said Jordan Ciervo, Chick-fil-A franchise operator.
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.cfasandiego.com.…Continue
CASA DE ORO – For much of the last 30 years, a small elementary school just beyond the south side of Mt. Helix has been a quiet anchor for families seeking affordable private education for their children.
Under the dedicated guidance of its Principal Karen Laaperi (picture right), Santa Sophia Academy, a Catholic school, has served generations of families in Casa de Oro's multi-cultural community, consistently sending its graduates on to the best high schools in San Diego County and a high percentage on to the nation’s best colleges.
But with virtually little warning and no consultation with the school community, parents say, the San Diego diocese suddenly decided to enforce a policy that hadn't been enforced for years and is forcing Laaperi to leave her post.
In a letter to the school community, John Galvan, director of the diocese office for schools, informed the school community that he had decided to enforce a “long-standing diocese policy’’ that restricts relatives supervising family members.
Laaperi, with permission of the diocesan leadership at the time, hired her son, employing him as a teacher. Parents say the diocese was aware of the original hiring and allowed it. Now, suddenly, the diocese made a decision that is forcing the principal to leave after decades of exemplary service.
Laaperi has attempted to keep a low profile despite the angry parents. In an email to to the parents which was shared by parents with LaMesaToday.com, Laaperi tried to calm the situation saying "It is my opinion there is nothing to gain in seeking…Continue