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Posted by Claudia Anne Erickson on July 29, 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Entrepreneur Uses 'Cats' To Help Dogs

LA MESA -- Thirteen-year-old Ariana Erickson spends her summers in a somewhat unconventional way. Instead of going to camp she spends much of her days honing her skills as a young entrepreneur through a business she created called Ariana’s Garden. Her parents can attest to the fact that she has always loved creating and selling things and has a great head for business. At the age of 9 her school had a fundraiser to collect donations to help build clean water wells in Ethiopia. Ariana knew she could make things to raise even more money and this is when she realized she loved making and selling things and supporting environmental causes. Starting with jewelry, and garden gifts she has progressed to a line of homemade bath and body products for the past two years. Combing the Internet looking for great recipes, she fine tunes them and makes them her own using simple natural ingredients whenever possible. Her latest creation is a solid perfume locket with essential oils which is selling like hot cakes.

What started as small sales in the street in front of her house, has grown steadily over the years. Ariana‘s mom has taken on the duties of packaging, marketing, and promotions allowing Ariana to focus her efforts on production and sales. She now sells items at craft fairs, at a boutique shop in downtown La Mesa called Handful of Wildflowers, and to faithful repeat customers who visit her home shop. Happily, her parents have had to keep giving her a bigger and bigger space in the guestroom/office/Ariana’s Garden shop. The sacrifice of time and space has been more than worth it knowing they are supporting this effort which has given…


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Posted by rick griffin on July 29, 2015 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

'Summer Bash' Business Expo Coming

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will present “Summer Bash,” a business expo, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. Admission is $10 per person. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Raffles and door prizes hosted by vendors and participants are planned. To RSVP, send an e-mail to or call (619) 465-7700.

 The event will feature food sampling and 45 display tables, according to Mary England, Chamber CEO. “We encourage the public to join us and meet our business community in this fun-filled setting,” said England. 

 Among the food providers: BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse,  ​Cali Comfort BBQ, El Torito - La Mesa, Farm Fresh To You, Grove Pastry Shop and Custom Cakes, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Marie Callender's - La Mesa, Riviera Supper Club, Round Table Pizza, Samuel Adams, Souplantation, ​The Hills Local Pub and The Regal Bar.

 Event sponsors include American Medical Response, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Kostedt Design & Marketing, La Mesa Courier, SDG&E, Sycuan Casino, Viejas Casino & Resort and Welcome Wagon.

Grossmont Healthcare District supporting La Maestra Community Health Centers

Posted by rick griffin on July 27, 2015 at 11:36am 0 Comments

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, recently hosted a check-presentation ceremony with La Maestra Community Health Centers. Joining GHD board members from La Maestra were Zara Marselian, CEO, and Marty Stroud, director of dental operations. The ceremony celebrated GHD’s ongoing support of La Maestra, including a $34,876 grant awarded during GHD’s current fiscal year.

GHD’s grant is assisting with expanding access to dental services at La Maestra’s Lemon Grove Health Center, 7967 Broadway, Lemon Grove. La Maestra officials said the grant helped pay for new dental chairs and high-speed dental hand-pieces powered by compressed air or an electric motor that are commonly used for cleaning, polishing, grinding and drilling. La Maestra also said the new equipment has successful expanded preventative oral health care and treatment services, as well as preventing oral disease, benefiting more than 2,600 underserved and low-income East County residents.


Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, La Maestra Community Health Centers, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center, operates health centers in El Cajon, Lemon Grove, National City and City Heights, as well as a mobile clinic. Through its award-winning “Circle of Care” model, La Maestra serves more than 40,000 people annually with medical, dental, optometry, mental health and imaging services, as well as legal advocacy, economic empowerment and social services. Its mission is to provide quality health care and education and improve the overall wellbeing of the family; bringing under-served and ethnically-diverse communities into the mainstream through a caring, effective, culturally and linguistically competent manner, respecting the dignity of all patients.


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La Mesa Obituaries

Posted by La Mesa Today on July 26, 2015 at 10:51am 1 Comment

In loving memory of William Charles "Bill" McKay

LA MESA -- William Charles McKay, a long-time resident of La Mesa, passed away at sunrise on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Bill was born Nov. 5, 1947 in Fallbrook to parents Howard and Thelma McKay. When he was seven, he moved with his family to National City where he graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1965.

Bill served in the Army in Vietnam from 1967-69; he worked at NASSCO, retiring after 44 years.

Along with enjoying family, friends, BBQ’s, music, and “fish tacos”, he enthusiastically participated in many activities, such as biking, hiking and gardening; and “way back,'' in younger years, his activities would include surfing and church baseball leagues. A favorite summer fun when his family was young was to “camp” up at Cardiff over the ocean. Through many years, Bill also very much enjoyed being active in church and helping in youth programs. A joy for him was regularly singing in the choir at Christ Lutheran Church, La Mesa. A “Celebration of his Life” is being held there Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m.

Loving husband and father, Bill, is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathy, and their daughter Cailin (McKay) Acosta, son Billy McKay, and his daughter Kasey McKay-Erwin (of previous marriage with Joyce) ; and four grandchildren: Price Erwin, Seth Erwin, Alex Acosta, Cecilia Acosta; and brothers, Howard McKay and David McKay, sister, Andrea McKay Dixon.

All who knew Bill felt blessed having shared some of life’s seasons with him.

Love and Peace and memories live…


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Posted by La Mesa Today on July 19, 2015 at 10:40am 7 Comments

La Mesa Today In Transition

LA MESA -- Six years ago, we founded La Mesa Today in a time when the news media landscape was changing rapidly. The San Diego Union-Tribune was downsizing, smaller, local papers were also in decline and TV news was struggling to produce local news content. We saw a need for a new community service.

La Mesa Today's model -- which included a mix of professionally produced journalism and contributions of stories, calendar items, photos, comments and videos from our members -- helped increase the amount of truly La Mesa-centric news, but, more importantly, gave the community a safe, civil place to manage its own information. And the community no longer had to wait for delivery of the next day's newspaper or the evening news, La Mesa Today has been able to publish news virtually anytime it happens, delivering news alerts into cell phones and home computers to an increasingly large percentage of this city.

Our motivation was not money, but public service. Our effort was driven by a desire to help local businesses and institutions that shared our goal of improving life in the Jewel of the Hills.

Today, however, La Mesa Today is in transition. Its founders are moving on to other endeavors and are seeking new, civic-minded management to keep this civil, La-Mesa centered place on the Internet vibrant and full of important and interesting information. More details on its future stewards will be shared as they become known.

For now, for the…


La Mesa Health library to host program on Alzheimer’s

Posted by rick griffin on July 18, 2015 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Getting REAL About Alzheimer’s,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.


The speaker on July 22 will be Kassandra King, author of “Getting REAL About Alzheimer’s: Rementia Through Engagement, Assistance, and Love” and educator, care manager and consultant with Alzheimer’s and dementia care expertise. King will discuss popular opinions about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as focusing on rementia, which highlights the skills people still have, keeping them occupied with purpose, and the glory of caregiving from the heart. King owns Alzheimer’s Connection La Mesa, an advocacy and consulting firm offering care management, navigational and training services regarding appropriate care options.


The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit

Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on July 9, 2015 at 9:17am 0 Comments

Arrest Made In Trolley Assault

LA MESA -- On June 13, 2015 at approximately 8:00 PM, 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.
La Mesa police 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 and then
released. On July 8th, 2015 at approximately 12:00 PM, La Mesa Police Department’s
Special Enforcement Detail Team and the U.S. Marshalls arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile in this case. The juvenile was located at a residence in San Bernardino. He was transported back to San Diego and booked at Juvenile Hall on a felony charge of assault involving great bodily injury.

La Mesa Business

Posted by rick griffin on July 7, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Chamber Takes Mixer To Anthony's

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a business networking mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 at Anthony’s Fish Grotto restaurant, 9530 Murray Dr., La Mesa. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Anthony’s will be served. Complimentary wine will be provided by Riviera Supper Club. Also, a raffle will be held. Admission is free for Chamber members with RSVP, $15 for guests with RSVP and $20 at the door with no RSVP. To RSVP, visit or call the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2. 

Anthony's is another of La Mesa's hidden gems. Nestled up against I-8, the location suggests noise and urban life. This grotto is anything but that. In a way it is La Mesa's hidden waterfront property.

Food Drive for Mama's Kitchen

Posted by Mary Domb Mikkelson on July 2, 2015 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

LA MESA -- Mama’s Kitchen,, prepares and delivers nutritious meals to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.   Additionally, they provide pantry services (Mama's Pantry) and nutrition education to their clients. 

 The people of The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa invite you to join them in overfilling a collection barrel for Mama.  She needs nonperishable food items (no expired food, please):  canned tuna, chili, salmon, fruit and soup; peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, boxed cereal and dry milk (small boxes).

 Where and When

 Dates:  July 8 - 28, 2015

 Where:  Friendship Hall, The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942-2836 (619-464-1519,

 When:  After 10 am Sunday Service (approximately 11am) and, by the way, you’re welcome to worship with us!  Or, check with the church to see when open.

 In addition, cash donations made through Mama’s website,, will be used to purchase perishable food at wholesale prices.




Ken Noltie, 619-459-9940

La Mesa Philanthropy

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 children she saw with no hair. “Ella wanted to help those kids, so the nurse suggested donating her hair so other children could have hair,” said Erica. “Ella loved the idea. She realizes that generous people are helping her by donating blood to the San Diego Blood Bank, and giving up her hair was her way to give back.”

 On Monday, June 29, Erin Doumert, owner of Salon Elle in La Jolla, cut Gabriella’s hair that stretched about two feet long. The hair was donated to Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit that provides hair to children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, burns or other medical issues.

 “We have relationships with many people who have received blood, and they find all kinds of ways to give back to the community, but Ella’s story was compelling and heartwarming,” said David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank. “Not many kids would be selfless enough to give up their own hair, and Ella provides us an excellent example of how gratitude for a life…


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