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Posted by rick griffin on June 30, 2015 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Child Gives Back, Inspires All

LA MESA -- Gabriella Martinez, 7, who goes by Ella and recently completed first grade at Murray Manor Elementary School in La Mesa, recently received a special haircut and found a way to give back to children needing hair replacement.  

 She has thalassemia, a form of anemia that requires blood transfusions every two-to-three weeks for the rest of her life. The blood is provided by the San Diego Blood Bank. The transfusion process, which began when Gabriella was nine months old, typically lasts about eight hours over two days at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego.

 According to Erica Martinez, Gabriella’s mom, a hospital nurse responded when Gabriella asked about small…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 29, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Pedestrians Robbed at Gunpoint

LA MESA -- Just after midnight Saturday, at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, two pedestrians in the 4300 block of

Rosebud Lane were robbed by a suspect armed with a handgun.

The unknown suspect approached the male and female victim as they were standing on the sidewalk. The suspect produced a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victims’ money and cell phones.

 After the victims complied, the suspect ran away southbound on Rosebud Lane. Officers searched the area

with assistance from the San Diego Police Department's helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 24, 2015 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Police Seeking Identity Of Assailant

LA MESA -- On June 13 at approximately 8:00 p.m., La Mesa Police officers responded to a radio call of a battery involving two males at the MTS Trolley Station in the 8200 block of La Mesa Boulevard. The victim, a 52 year old male was struck multiple times and kicked in the head after he exited the trolley. The motive for

the attack is unknown at this time. At the time of the call, the suspect had already left the scene. The victim did not initially desire prosecution. LMPD officers later obtained video surveillance from the trolley and began an investigation into the incident. The victim was transported to Alvarado Hospital where he was treated for head and facial injuries…


La Mesa People

Posted by rick griffin on June 22, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Local Man Heads Bowl Game Efforts

LA MESA -- La Mesa resident Mark Neville has been named executive director of the San Diego Bowl Game Association, the non-profit organization that produces San Diego’s two college football bowl games played annually in December at Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday Bowl.

 Neville has been with the San Diego Bowl Game Association since 1991. He previously served as associate executive director, overseeing sponsorship, marketing, advertising and media relations efforts. He succeeds Bruce Binkowski, who had been with the association for 37 years, spending the last 14 as executive…


La Mesa Arts

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 22, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

C. Hook Returns With A Colorful Story

La Mesa – Theater in La Mesa is alive and well. This past March the critically acclaimed Peter Pan Jr. Theater concluded their 45th season with the show “Once Upon A Mattress”. In addition, PPJT's companion organization, C. Hook Theater, is currently in its 9th season.

C. Hook, short for Captain Hook Theater, will produce the show “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, this week at the Kroc Theater on University Ave.

C. Hook Theater is an amateur company in name only. From it’s professional theater scenery and costumes to its professional live orchestra, C. Hook Theater is as close as La Mesa will come to Broadway.…


La Mesa Healthcare

Posted by rick griffin on June 20, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Award For 'Healthcare Hero'

LA MESA -- La Mesa resident Richard Hart, a volunteer at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, was recently recognized with a Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).

 Now in its ninth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers.

 Hart, shown above left in photo, was among a group of six individuals who…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 20, 2015 at 7:12am 0 Comments

Two Detained In Fire Investigation

LA MESA -- Two people were detained for questioning in connection with a ten acre brush fire that broke out in the unincorporated area of La Mesa.

The fire is now contained. There are no injuries. No structures were burned. All roads previously closed have since reopened.

A driver flagged down a deputy from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station upon seeing the fire in the area of Campo Road and Via Mercado just before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19th.

Deputies from the Rancho San Diego, Santee, Lakeside, and Lemon Grove Stations/Substations responded to the scene. CHP assisted with road closures while CAL FIRE and Sheriff's ASTREA worked on putting out the fire.

The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit is continuing the investigation into the fire. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain…


San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 19, 2015 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Brush Fire in La Mesa

LA MESA -- A ten-acre brush fire is burning in La Mesa.  The fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. near Campo Road and Via Mercado.

If you wish to evacuate as a precaution, proceed to Monte Vista High School located at 3230 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard in Spring Valley.

The fire is approaching Highway 94 which is shut down to westbound traffic. Smoke from the fire is also affecting visibility for drivers in the area.  

Road closures are also reported at Northbound Calavo Drive and Avocado…


La Mesa City Council

Posted by La Mesa Today on June 19, 2015 at 6:17am 1 Comment

Water Shortage Is Focus In La Mesa

LA MESA -- The California drought is increasingly hitting home in the Jewel of the Hills.

At the upcoming City Council meeting Tuesday, city public works officials will outline a long list of steps being taken to reduce public water use, including re-landscaping buildings, replacing thirsty turf with succulents and other native, low-water plants. The city teams are also reprogramming and redirecting sprinklers to make sure trees live while other plants in the road medians make do with less water.

The city did apply for a waiver of the state limit of two-day a week watering with potable water because many of their parks are used by a big number of residents. They were granted the…


La Mesa Church News

Posted by Mary Domb Mikkelson on June 18, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

Community Prayer Vigil:

For the People of Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC and Our Nation

 The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa

5:30pm, Thursday, June 18, 2015


The Rev. Clementa C. Pickney, Pastor of Emanuel AME Church, the oldest Black congregation in the American South, and several members of his church were gathered to study the Scriptures and pray.  Joining them was a young white man who, an hour into the meeting, produced a gun and opened fire.  Nine people – six women and three men, among them Pastor Pickney, died.  Others were injured.

 In the words of the Rev. Kaji Douša, Senior Minister of The…



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