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LA MESA - Authorities are pleading for caution on San Diego roads Saturday night. Heavy rains that moved through the area have left roads slick and accidents are occurring throughout the county.
Lakeside Fire at 5 p.m. was working multiple accidents on Highway 67 between Slaughterhouse and Scripps Poway.
With the holiday party season underway, authorities are also stepping up DUI enforcement and encourage motorists to use a designated driver to avoid accidents and costly penalties.
LA MESA -- The San Diego Association of Governments issued a report this week on the impact of gangs in San Diego County.
For the most part, the report was a macro analysis, reporting 7,500 "documented" gang members in the county with 158 different gangs of all stripes and descriptions, including new Somali gangs as well as the Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations that are so well established SANDAG has given them their own acronym -- MDTOs.
What the report didn't tell you was the unique role small cities like La Mesa play in San Diego gang culture. Based on police intelligence gleaned from arrests and investigations, officials believe the Jewel of the Hills is a bedroom community for San Diego Gang Land.
La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves revealed that there are 133 documented gang members who live in La Mesa and are known to police and monitored closely by his officers and members of the East County Regional Gang Task Force. One of Aceves' officers serves on that task force. But Aceves said police intelligence shows that these gang members seldom engage in their gang activity within La Mesa.
"The good thing is none of the gangs they are related to claim turf within the City of La Mesa,'' Aceves said. "We watch them and sometimes when crimes occur here, our officers will make contact to check on them, but for the most part their gang activities are…Continue
Library Showcases Wildlife Art Exhibit
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is now hosting its Fall Art Exhibit featuring 24 art pieces by artist Ron Dotson of Jamul. The exhibit includes watercolor paintings of wildlife and animal portraits. The show runs through the end of December.
Dotson is a self-taught artist and professional biologist who focused on his love of art after a career as a marine biologist. His work is considered highly detailed for the watercolor medium. He travels extensively pursuing animals with a camera and then returns to Jamul to create his artwork with a desire to capture the essence of the animals’ personality. He is a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and Artists for Conservation, an international organization.
The paintings on display at the Herrick Library include a rocky mountain elk, coyote, gray wolf, sulphur crested cockatoo, acorn woodpecker, grizzly bear, black bear, American bison and red-tailed hawk.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. …Continue
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.