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Case Highlights: On Wednesday October 15, 2014, the La Mesa Police received call of a burglary that had occurred at the condo community at 4800 Williamsburg Lane. Between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12th and 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 13th, unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a laundry room of the complex and removed the coin box from a washing machine. There is no suspect description at this time. 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…Continue
LA MESA -- Guy McWhirter, one of five City Council candidates, has acknowledged helping bankroll a portion of the largely unsigned negative campaign mailings that have targeted candidate Mary England in recent weeks.
Questioned by La Mesa Today about a $5,000 contribution he made to the Public Safety Advocates organization that paid for and circulated the critical mailings, McWhirter acknowledged the funds were intended to help "differentiate the candidates and even the playing field.''
McWhirter said he doesn't like "negative politics'' so he kept his name off the mailing, but felt it was necessary to draw what he says is a clear distinction between England, a relative…
LA MESA -- When you walk through an art gallery, you know when your eye hits a painting that conveys more than the sum of its parts.
The work of San Diego artist Wade Cline is exactly that. Like a Monet or a Seurat, when you see Cline's painting, you know it is his. Immediately. Cline's examination of urban life through the fading light of day is both disquieting and comforting. You find yourself wanting to refocus your eyes, to see through the haze and murk, and then you realize that is exactly what the artist wants you to do. That is what much of our day's include.
In a show that is a virtual metaphor for where his life is at right now, a collection of Cline's work will be…
LA MESA -- With less than two weeks to go to election day, things are turning a bit rough in the Jewel of the Hills.
The mailer drew instant condemnation from City Council member Mark Arapostathis.
"His claims are simply untrue,'' Arapostathis said.
And the tactic stirred some instant rebuke…
Fourth and final installment of a series of articles on term limits by Anthony Mc Ivor.
LA MESA -- Sorting and appraising the various impacts that term limits have on a community is no simple matter. La Mesa voters can get to the heart of it with three key questions. One, do term limits expand voters’ fundamental freedoms? No, they restrict them. Two, is La Mesa’s civic life so damaged or “rotten” that the cost of such radical regulatory intrusion is justified? Again, the answer is a firm no. Three, do term limits even work? The record says no. Three for three and the answer is the same: No.
Term limits hurt voters. By banning a class of…Continue
LA MESA -- Crime prevention can involve subtle little steps that make your home less attractive than others to the burglars looking for easy touches. See Crime Prevention Below.
Case Highlights: On Friday, October 10th, 2014 at approximately 9:10 PM, the Motel 6 located at 7621 Alvarado Road, was robbed by a suspect armed with a handgun. The unknown suspect entered the front-desk lobby area and approached the clerk at the counter. The suspect displayed a black semi-auto handgun and demanded cash. After the clerk complied, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running eastbound on Alvarado Road from the hotel. Officers searched the area with assistance from…
LA MESA -- Elections are the black holes in the government universe. The closer election day comes, the stronger the political gravity. It starts pulling on everything, eventually drawing all activity to a standstill.
Tuesday's council meeting had some indications -- both subtle and obvious -- that decision day looms large on all fronts.
Even a minor neighborhood dispute over a property owners' hopes of adding a rooftop deck to his home seemed to get drawn into the contest between the current mayor, Art Madrid, and his challenger just a few seats to his left, Mark Arapostathis.
The city staff recommended allowing the upward addition, as did the Planning Commission. Throughout…
LA MESA -- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) presented a Gold Beacon Award for Excellence to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Sharp Grossmont’s MICU is just one of 91 nursing units in the nation to receive this designation, which honors individual units and its caregivers for successfully improving patient care and achieving healthy work environments. This is the second time they have achieved gold status.
“It is an honor to lead this exceptional group of nurses and health care partners who are dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients,” says Sharp Grossmont MICU Manager, Jean Mcateer.
“It is their commitment and…Continue
LA MESA -- If dollars were votes, City Council candidates Bill Baber and Mary England and Mayoral candidate Mark Arapostathis would be shoo-ins on election day.
The latest required campaign finance reports show a disparate range of fundraising among candidates for La Mesa offices.
Through early October, Baber had just over $35,000 in cash and in-kind contributions while mayoral challenger Mark Arapostathis, a current council member, had reported contributions totalling $17,571 to date.
Council candidate Mary England, who heads the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, reported $29,750 in contributions, but more than $10,000 of that amount is a loan from herself to her…Continue
LA MESA -- Police are looking for a man who brandished a handgun while robbing a motel just off I-8 in La Mesa.
Police said that a 9:10 p.m. on Friday the Motel 6 located at 7621 Alvarado Road was robbed by a suspect armed with a handgun.
The unknown suspect entered the front-desk lobby area and approached the clerk at the counter. The suspect displayed a black semi-auto handgun and demanded cash. After the clerk complied, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running eastbound on Alvarado Road from the hotel.
Officers searched the area with assistance from the San Diego Sheriff Department’s helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a black male…Continue