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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.
Fighting MS In La Mesa
LA MESA -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego is celebrating MS Awareness Week, March 3-9, with a “Foodies Against MS” fundraiser on Thursday, March 6. A number of eateries throughout San Diego County will donate a portion from each purchase to the National MS Society for MS research and programs and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
Local participating establishments include El Polo Loco, 4990 Baltimore Dr. in La Mesa, and two Golden Spoon frozen yogurt shops at 5640 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa and 9640 Mission Gorge Road in Santee. In addition, a portion of online orders with Papa John’s will be donated to the National MS Society.
Overall, more than 20 eateries, including restaurants and yogurt and ice cream shops in San Diego County, have agreed to donate a portion from each purchase on March 6 to the National MS Society. Details, including links to flyers and a list of participants in San Diego County are available at www.tinyurl.com/MSfoodies.
MS symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, as well as blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue and cognitive deficits. These symptoms might be permanent, or they might come and go. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 children under the age of 18 also live with MS. Two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with the disease. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
LA MESA -- The strength of America is woven with a fabric of immigrants. Arriving from literally all corners of the world, newcomers remain insular at first, learning the new culture while clinging proudly to the old.
In the upstairs balcony of La Mesa's Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden restaurant on Tuesday night -- in the warmth of the conversation, in the genuine handshakes and business card exchanges among strangers -- it was possible to see the process playing out anew.
The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce held a mixer and it was clear from the diversity it attracted that the American story was playing out once again.
Realtors and bankers from La Mesa and La Jolla met young Chaldean entrepreneurs from Baghdad, and now of El Cajon. Local charities sent representatives to meet this emerging group of young leaders who are trying to help their Chaldean community shed a reputation for staying, perhaps, a bit too isolated in their new land. Jerry Fazio was there from the East County Boys and Girls Clubs. So was Frank Tsimboukakis, who hopes to defeat State Senator Joel Anderson in November.
"There are 81,000 Chaldeans in San Diego County, 41,000 in East County alone,'' says Ben J. Kalasho, president of the fledgling Chaldean chamber. "How many of them are members of their local chambers of commerce? Less than 1 percent. That's why we are doing this.''
Kalasho and his wife Jessica have been making the rounds to local municipalities, explaining the effort and…Continue
LA MESA -- La Mesa police responded to an early morning burglary call and were surprised to find the perpetrator waiting for them.
Police said that Tuesday Feb. 25, at approximately 4:38 a.m. they responded to the 7100 block of University for a report of a commercial burglary in progress. When officers arrived the suspect was standing outside the business next to a broken window. The suspect admitted to breaking into the business and breaking into a vehicle earlier in the evening. Twenty one year old Roque Ibarra of San Diego was arrested for burglary and for being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked into jail.
Traffic Information: We know it's dangerous, and it makes our blood boil when we see other drivers too busy with their cell phones to bother looking at the road. Yet, it's obvious that many of us talk or text while behind the wheel anyway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently chose eight-county regions, along with the state of Delaware, to test whether increased enforcement, public service advertising and news coverage can significantly reduce distracted driving. Smaller efforts last year seemed to work, curtailing texting by drivers by 72 percent in Hartford, Conn., and by 32 percent in Syracuse, N.Y. If you get caught in California, the ticket costs at least $159 for a first offense and $279 for a second offense. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill in September to raise the base fines by $10. It shouldn't take higher fines to remind us how dear the price could be if you get into a wreck. Cell phone use is the No. 1 reason for distracted driver crashes in California, says the state Office of…Continue
MT. HELIX -- In the days leading up to this week's rain storm, Bob Sobrito raced to get his Mt. Helix home ready.
He had purchased two 60-gallon barrels and attached the first to a down-spout system that would channel any rain that fell on his roof above into the barrels.
It started raining Thursday night and when he rose Friday morning, Sobrito's first barrel was full to overflowing.
"The water won't last me the whole year, obviously,'' Sobrito said. "But it may put off me turning on my sprinklers around the house for a month.''
Sobrito, who also has had solar panels running his electric meter backward for years now, is just at the forefront of actions that many landowners will need to take if they want to keep their yards and hillsides green in the coming years.
Water rates are rising and, with the Colorado River in the 14th year of unprecedented drought, local officials are girding for a kind of crisis management that may leave few choices for residential property owners.
"Shifting to drip irrigation, replacing plants with more drought tolerant choices, using so-called gray water in ways we've resisted before,'' said La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, just back from a tour of conditions on the Colorado. "These are things everyone will be doing. There won't be a choice.''
Madrid said the reservoir Lake Meade is at record lows and hydroelectric generation needs are complicating water issues, but he said he also visited demonstrations of farmers greatly…Continue
LA MESA -- It was a rainy Thursday night, yet the arts were out and shining in La Mesa Village.
Just after 6 p.m. devotees of the colorful Fiestaware filled the cozy confines of What A Dish! to look at a collection of oil paintings done by artist Jayna McLeod (right).
The paintings featured the Fiestaware and food and fit in perfectly in this venue. Both paintings, baskets and Fiestaware itself seemed to be moving as briskly as the appetizers.
It was a unique mix of art and commerce and the patrons clearly loved it.
Just a couple blocks east, at the San Pasqual Winery, another standing room only crowd was gathering to share a few glasses of wine and listen to members of the La Mesa Arts Alliance perform another of its spoken word performances.
This one featured Dr. Mark Arapostathis and Write Out Loud Founder Walter Ritter delivering a few works by famed American writer and humorist Mark Twain.
Both Arapostathis, who is a City Council member as well as local theater maven, and Ritter have the sort of resonant voices that could engage an audience if only reading the phone book. With Twain's fine material in hand it was can't miss moments of enjoyment.
The performances are routinely short on these reading nights, but the wine before and after and the engaging conversation with the sort of audience these performances attract, make it an enjoyable evening. San Pasqual, which now makes its wines right here in La Mesa, is maturing as a wine-making…
LA MESA -- The City Council set a clear 2014 record Tuesday night for the shortest meeting of the year.
The council breezed through a light agenda in just under 45 minutes and no item caused any contention in the sometimes contentious group.
Most of the meeting was taken up with a routine proclamation -- celebrating the city's 10,000 street and park trees with an honor for the city's Public Works Director Greg Humora (above).
The council also heard a progress report on the lingering Centennial Legacy Project. Fundraising is continuing for the Centennial "Look Out" Pocket Park, which will be located at Allison and La Mesa Boulevard when the city's streetscape improvement is completed. More than $100,000 of the $162,000 need for that project has been raised and a big fundraiser and auction is planned for May to close that gap.
The council also withheld any action on the request that it consider establishing symbolic "peace" zones in the city in order to give City Attorney Glenn Sabine time to research whether such action might be an inappropriate mixing of religious and secular issues.
With the quick budget dispatched, the council adjourned and headed into the night, Mayor Art Madrid heading to the airport for the first of two tours of the Colorado River with government officials watching the looming drought conditions.
Case Highlights: On February 18,at approximately 7:40 a.m. the La Mesa Police Department received a call of a pedestrian robbery that had just occurred in the 4000 block of Yale Avenue. Two unknown suspects asked the victim to use his phone while the victim and a friend were out walking. The victim allowed the suspects to use the phone but the suspects refused to return it. The male suspect showed the victim a black handgun in his waistband then both suspects fled in a brown or dark blue, older model four door sedan, driven by an unknown female suspect.
The suspects are described as follows: Suspect #1: Black male, 16-18 years old, 5’ 11” to 6’ 1” tall, thin build, short black hair, last seen wearing a white hoodie with “Hollister” in light blue, white or light blue shorts, dark blue high top PF flyers. Suspect #2: Black female, 15-24 years old, 5’4”, heavy build, black shoulder length hair, braided, last seen wearing red hat, gray hoodie with black shorts. Suspect #3: Black female approximately 28 years old, tall, thin build, driver of the vehicle. Vehicle: Brown or dark blue,
older model 4D sedan, with a boxy style body. Last seen headed northbound on Yale.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged 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 be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Traffic Information: People often ask about motorcycles…Continue
LA JOLLA -- La Mesa Police Capt. David Bond got up Saturday he decided to throw on a sports coat and head to La Jolla to attend a seminar that was to feature District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, City Police Chief Bill Landsdowne and drug treatment expert Scott Silverman.
"I thought I'd see if this was something we could use in La Mesa,'' he said.
But when Landsdowne was suddenly unable to attend, Bond found himself plucked out of the audience by City Club President George Mitrovich and quietly asked if he could help provide the police perspective in a discussion of the current epidemic in drug abuse.
"My wife told me I should have worn a tie,'' Bond said as he joined Dumanis and Silverman on the dais.
For the next 90 minutes Bond (speaking in photo above) explained the impact officers are seeing as the abuse of prescription medicines has led to a boom in cheaper heroin among addicts.
Bond, Dumanis and Silverman traced the impact of this drug abuse cycle on local crime rates and the work-load in the courts and the struggle to find adequate treatment for the addicted.
Bond has worked closely with county, state and federal drug enforcement officials in drug efforts and was able to fully play Lansdowne's role at this City Club meeting held at La Jolla Country Day School.
Knowing he was speaking to an audience filled with students and their parents, Bond wasn't reluctant to remind the parents that, unlike police, they are not restricted by the 4th amendment and have the right to keep close contact with their children's possessions and communications as they wend their way through the temptations and peer-pressure of teen life…