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Grossmont High School News: NJROTC

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Chairez playing a knowledge game with the incoming cadets, in which they answer general questions about NJROTC.

New Cadets Get Down To Basic Training

LA MESA -- On the week of Tuesday, August 18th, sixteen incoming ninth graders participated in a fast-paced intense indoctrination training to get a head start in achieving their goals to become future leaders in Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp. With vigorous PT, drill, academics, and lots of paperwork, these dedicated students learned the crucial basics of what it means to be a disciplined cadet.

At the end of the week, the increased skill levels of the future cadets were evaluated, and a handful were selected to receive certificates of achievement for subjects like “Best Academic Score”, and “Best Military Bearing.” Every cadet left with a certificate o

f completion and a sense of pride and accomplishment that, if cultivated, will expand throughout their years in Grossmont High School NJROTC.


Running concurrently with NS-1 indoctrination, fifteen highly qualified and motivated NS-2s, NS-3s and NS-4s took part in a different type of training: platoon commander training. Platoon commanders (PCs) are a  pivotal link in the NJROTC chain of command; they are responsible for being the leader of a platoon (15-30 cadets), teaching and refining the skills of their varying NS level cadets, and setting examples for all students to follow, not to mention their duties to their battalion!

Students were taught the correct way to command, how to carry out the cadre's orders in a dignified and efficient manner, and how to PT a platoon correctly, among other skills. Overall, a theme of…


La Mesa Transportation

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 26, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Cyclist Struck By Trolley At Spring Street

LA MESA -- A bicyclist who witnesses say tried to beat the trolley crossing barriers was struck by a trolley and seriously injured Tuesday afternoon.

Police said that at 12:42 p.m.  La Mesa Police responded to a report of a traffic collision where a bicyclist was struck by an MTS Trolley at the intersection of Spring Street and University Avenue. The male bicyclist was riding westbound on University Avenue when the trolley lights activated and trolley arms lowered. Witnesses reported the bicyclist rode between the down trolley arms and was struck by the oncoming northbound trolley. The male was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with a serious leg injury. Trolley service was stopped for about 90 minutes, but has since reopened.

The Spring-University crossing (pcitured above) where this event occurred is a particularly busy melange of pedestrians and motorists dueling with the tracks and a major pedestrian crossing just a few yards west of the trolley tracks and not far from a major bus stop.

La Mesa Village News

Posted by Jack Leary on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Car Show Ends Its 12-Week Run Thursday

LA MESA -- Here it comes folks....the LAST "Back To The 50's Classic Car & Bike Show" of the season.

This Thursday, August 28th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the La Mesa Village Merchants will host their final show of the year. This summer boasted great attendance of both cars, bikes, and spectators. The last few weeks have been down, due to the new construction along La Mesa Boulevard but car show manager Jack Leary stated it was a positive season.

"I can't wait until next year,'' Jump'n Jack Flash said. " We will have all new street and sidewalks, the trees will be back and that 'old time' look and feel will be all new. Jack advised that the merchants' liaison Rick Bucklew and Merchants Association leader John Vigil are already making new plans to add more flavor to next year's shows.

Jack said this week that the Coast Riders band will be at Don Keating's Cars across from Bo-Beau and Crazy Steve will be at Palm Avenue and La Mesa Boulevard with some good tunes. It is undetermined who will be providing music at the Yogurt Mill site on the west side of the tracks.

Leary also advised that at 7:15 p.m. "special event" will take place at the trophy presentation area at the corner of Palm and La Mesa Boulevard. Rumor has it a bucket of ice water is involved (not confirmed) and our Chief of Police may be on notice. It would be advised to have your cameras and video ready.

Leary said: "I'd like to thank all the car guys and gals, and bikers for coming out this season and look forward to seeing them all next…


Labor Day: Summer's Last Gasp

Posted by Frank Robert Dittmer on August 23, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Bringing The Outside Inside

LA MESA -- OK, this is it, the last big holiday of the summer, can you believe it-already. Since Labor Day weekend is all about rest, relaxation and a three day weekend, here are some easy, low key and relaxed ideas for your last big dinner party of the summer.

As I always say, “pick a theme!” Here are two fun and creative themes for your party. Have a “White Out Party” The old rule of NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY is a great idea as a party theme. Ask your guests to wear as much white as possible. It’s a fun way to poke fun at a very old idea. You can also go traditional and have a red, white and blue party. Again, ask your guest to come wearing their American flag appeal or red, white and blue clothing and shoes. Give a small gift for the best dressed.

Since we have a theme- Labor Day, let’s concentrate on decorations and menu ideas. If you’re like me you will be cooking outside (weather permitting), but for those of you who don’t want to have a BBQ, you can still celebrate Labor Day in style and inside. First, bring the outside in. Use a picnic style tablecloth on your dining room table. Using a plastic or vinyl table covering in tradition red gingham or stripe is the best way to accomplish the feeling of an indoor picnic. Use paper placemats or, if you have them, bamboo! Pair your placemats with cloth napkins in a different color gingham or different color seersucker. Your casual dinnerware will do in a pinch and use mason jars or jelly jars as glassware. If you’re staying inside string outdoor party lights inside your house. One or two strings of party lights over your dining room table is a great way to bring the outside…


On La Mesa: Gina Garcia

Posted by Gina Garcia on August 24, 2014 at 6:44am 1 Comment

Ideas From A Distance

LA MESA -- The great thing about summer vacations is the distance you can gain on your own life, your own job and town.

The tiresome elements of your routine can look petty and inconsequential with the benefit of the longer view travel gives.

Still, on a recent trip east, I found myself discovering little aspects of life which, with leadership, could add a little polish to the Jewel of the Hills.

I share them here not at all as a scold, but as reminder that the difference between a good town and a great town can be the little human things that differentiate one town from the next.


In a small town in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, I walked one morning through its old downtown. Trees lined the streets, flower-filled baskets hung from the light posts. Virtually all of the shops were filled. The local merchants credited the town's Business Improvement District and its executive, John Hicks, with finding the grants, polishing the little details and creating a "buzz" and sense of ownership of the downtown that went beyond the merchants who happened to be renting space at this time.

Looking a bit further, I learned that the BID's leader was not an expensive employee, but a retired executive who had held high-powered jobs and wanted to keep contributing in his latter years. The untapped talents of our senior workforce might be something to consider as La Mesa looks to build on its niche as a great, livable small town city.


Traveling a bit south, I was walking along the Hudson River in one of New York City's great public spaces -- Riverside Park -- when…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 23, 2014 at 10:21am 0 Comments

Police Investigating Trolley 'Use Of Force' Incident

LA MESA -- On August 18, 2014, La Mesa Police Officers were called to assist trolley security at the 70th Street Trolley Station. It was reported that the trolley security officers were fighting with a patron while the trolley was traveling through La Mesa. Officers responded and were advised the incident was under control and trolley security would handle it.

On August 21, 2014, La Mesa Police were contacted by MTS and asked to review the previous incident because of a concern of use of force by the TSS employees. MTS provided La Mesa Police with video of the altercation involving the Transit Systems Security onboard the trolley. The officers involved have been suspended while the incident is being investigated. Click on the image above to watch raw video footage.

La Mesa Police Department will be evaluating the case and working with the District Attorney’s Office to evaluate for criminal charges. At this time, La Mesa Police are asking for anyone who witnessed this incident, or has video or photographs, to please contact Lieutenant Matt Nicholass at 619-667-7512.

La Mesa Police will not be providing any statements regarding this incident over the weekend as we are still obtaining initial information.

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

Posted by chris shea on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Let Me Know . . .

LA MESA -- You know how, when someone we know is facing a hard time,  we frequently say something like, "I'm so sorry to hear this.  I/we are always here for  you.  Let me know if you need anything."  Some people even add, "And I mean that.  ANYTHING."  And then we walk away and hope they will ask us to do something,  because helping others is just something we humans have a built-in need to do.

But if that someone in need is anything like me, or like most of us,  they will never ask for anything.  Oh they might be in need of something,  but the likelihood of that friend picking up the phone and saying,  "I'm sorry to bother you, but ..."  is fairly remote.

So the other day I had a thought.  What if I just tried to be better at intuiting what my friends facing challenges  might need or want?  Maybe I could just gather some thoughtfully selected items, put them in a nice bag and leave them on the door step?   Maybe even do it when no one but me would know who the things are from.

Of course we know what happens next.  We start second guessing ourselves about the thing we're about to do... What if I bring the wrong things?  What if the snacks I bring are not appetizing right now?   What if the flowers just feel like something that have to be fussed with?   What if my friend isn't in the mood for sea salt brownies and fresh berries and cheese all tucked into a new Trader Joe's cloth bag?  What if she feels obligated to ask me to come in and visit and won't want to answer the door.  And on and on come the reasons that maybe this isn't such a good idea.

 But I decided to go with the bold heart's desire to get a few things, leave them on the door step, ring the…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 19, 2014 at 4:46am 1 Comment

Employees Flee, Foil Robbery Attempt

LA MESA -- Early Tuesday morning, just after midnight, La Mesa police were called to the site of an attempted robbery of a fast food establishment just off Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

Police said they received a 911 call from an employee of the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant at 8110 Parkway Drive. The caller reported to police a subject walked up to the drive through window just as the business was closing and the exterior lights were shut off. The suspect brandished a black colored semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the assistant manager. The assistant manager fled from the suspect and told the other employees to go into the freezer and call the police. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. Officers searched the area along with a San Diego County Sherriff’s Department helicopter, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as:

Suspect #1: Black male unknown age, approximately 5’ 10”, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with grey horizontal lines, and wearing a black mask. This subject was armed with a 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 You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

La Mesa Arts

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 18, 2014 at 5:13am 0 Comments

Calling All Artists!

LA MESA -- The Foothills Art Association is soliciting entries for its 25th annual Wildlife In Art show. This year's exhibition is being judged by respected landscape artist Joe Garcia of Julian. There will be more than $1,500 in cash awards and prizes.
Artists can CLICK HERE to see the prospectus for entering this event. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. The show will run from Nov. 4 through Dec. 2 at the association's gallery on Memorial Drive.

HeART Of Mt. Helix

Posted by La Mesa Today on August 17, 2014 at 4:48am 1 Comment


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Sharing The Heights And Arts Of East County

MT. HELIX -- One of the great things about the annual HeART of Mt. Helix fundraising event is that it can feel like two events.

It starts bathed in sunlight high above East County and has the feel of a community picnic with friends greeting friends and catching up after another busy year.

Then the stunning sunset eases through the party and the event shifts to a wonderful outdoor night club as food, music and a touch of libation changes the feel.

This year's event was captured by the lenses of resident photographer Gary Junker. If you couldn't be there, enjoy it vicariously…



Bank of America to Pay Record $16.65 Billion to Settle Mortgage Claims

Source: LA Times

In what amounts to the largest settlement by a single company in U.S. history, the Justice Department has announced that Bank of America Corp. will pay $16.65 billion to end federal and state investigations into the sale of toxic mortgage securities during the subprime housing boom. California will receive $300 million from the settlement to reimburse the CalPERS and CalSTRS pension funds. Read the full story:

3 Facts Crippling California's Housing Recovery

Source: HousingWire

While California’s job growth and economy continue to improve, major hurdles remain for housing’s recovery. Firstly, affordability is a huge concern as rapid home price increases, mixed with a lack of affordable inventory is leaving little room for first-time borrowers to jump into the market. Tight credit and stagnant incomes are another concern if prices remain high.

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Construction Surges in July

Source: The Hill

During July, housing construction hit its highest level in eight months as the sector shows signs of picking up pace in the second half of the year. After two months of drops, construction jumped 15.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the fastest pace since the 1.11 million posted in November, according to the Commerce Department.

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