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Antiques Road Show with Antique Expert, Appraiser at Mount Miguel Covenant Village

January 27, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Trash or treasure? Antique expert and professional appraiser Elizabeth Stewart will present…See More
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San Diego Sales & Management Career Fair at Embassy Suites Hotel

January 12, 2017 from 9am to 12:30pm
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Dec 30, 2016
rick griffin posted a blog post

Rain or shine, New Year's Day afternoon prayer service atop Mount Helix

Unite San Diego, a coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders,…See More
Dec 30, 2016
A blog post by rick griffin was featured

Rain or shine, New Year's Day afternoon prayer service atop Mount Helix

Unite San Diego, a coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders,…See More
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"Look forward to more radio shows in the village."
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2 blog posts by rick griffin were featured
Dec 11, 2016
rick griffin posted blog posts
Dec 11, 2016
Batman commented on rick griffin's blog post 'Sharp Grossmont Hospital's monthly electricity bill, from $180,000 to zero'
"A zero electric bill is fine but what is the monthly gas bill?"
Sep 13, 2016
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World Communion Sunday: Sharing “The Quiet Constant that Unites Believers of Christ”* at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa

October 2, 2016 from 10am to 11am
 World Communion SundaySharing “The Quiet Constant that Unites Believers of Christ”*  On October 2,…See More
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Local senior answers to the call of the road and the lure of hot apple pie

Posted by Wendy D'Alessandro on January 18, 2017 at 6:00am 0 Comments

There are too many temptations for those living at Mount Miguel Covenant Village to sit back and watch the world go by. The nearby City of San Diego, the mountain views, activities galore, and for one resident, the call of the road and some delicious apple pie waiting for him in Julian, a small city located in the Cuyamaca mountains. 


Moving to Mount Miguel gave resident Win Dean the perfect spot to settle and call home. Mount Miguel offers a continuum of care in a faith-based setting, both of which were important to Dean and his wife of 58 years when choosing a retirement community. The mountain backgrounds found in southern California were an added bonus for the traveler who had planned to continue trekking across the U.S. on a 44-year-old Honda CB750K motorcycle.


Since 2011, Dean (age 85) has visited the corners of the U.S. on his motorcycle and cruised through all of the perimeter states, totaling 10,500 miles on that tour. His second ride of 6,000 miles through the interior states included a meeting in Kansas as a representative of Mount Miguel Covenant Village, one of 12 continuing care communities operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. In his travels, he has visited more than 100 countries, with New Zealand, France, and Italy counting among his favorites.


The bike's odometer reads over 94,000 miles. Not bad for an older Honda that had been neglected for over five years because of mechanical problems before Dean became its new owner, free of charge.…


La Mesa Health News

Posted by rick griffin on January 11, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

La Mesan Named 2017 Board President

LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently elected its board officers for the 2017 calendar year.

 La Mesa resident Michael Emerson was elected as board president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Virginia Hall, GHD’s newest board member, as secretary. Board member Robert “Bob” Ayres, previous board president since July 2014, was selected by Emerson to serve as board treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Randy Lenac, who also recently joined the board of directors for the Association of California Healthcare Districts as a GHD representative.

 “I’m very excited and both honored and privileged as we look ahead and take advantage of opportunities to serve our community,” Emerson said, “I have seen firsthand how seriously we take our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and monitoring the health care services provided under contract at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Every constituent can feel confident that we are committed to doing our utmost to assure that patients’ needs are met and that reasonable expectations are exceeded.”

 Emerson, who joined the GHD board in 2008, is serving for the first time as board president. Emerson also serves on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors,the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD. In addition to serving on the 15-member GHC board, Emerson serves on three GHC committees, including Finance, Facilities and Quality and Safety.

 During his time on the GHD board, Emerson spearheaded the partnership between GHD and the County of San Diego’s “Live Well San Diego” program. Last year, the GHD…


La Mesa's Mount Helix hosted New Year's Day "Prayer Summit"

Posted by rick griffin on January 3, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

LA MESA -- About 100 people gathered on New Year’s Day afternoon at Mount Helix Park Amphitheater for a “Prayer Summit,” hosted by Unite San Diego, an East County-based coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders.

 The program consisted of brief remarks from an elected official followed by a local pastor who prayed for them, including: El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Chris Leeper of New Beginnings Church; State Senator Joel Anderson and Barry Sappington of Crosspointe Life Church; Santee city council member Ronn Hall and Jerry Phillips of Scripture is Alive Church.

 Other speakers included: David Miyashiro, superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District, who was prayed for by Ron Wade of Church of Compassion; El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis, who was prayed for by Rolland Slade of Meridian Baptist Church; George Runyan, founder and director, San Diego City Church Ministries, who was prayed for by Pastor Sean Beaudoin of Amazing Grace Church.

 “This was our fourth year to start the year off right with prayer and seeking the face of God,” said Michael Griffiths, director, Unite San Diego. “Our theme was `Christ our Peace,” and our vision was `No More Barriers.’” Many attendees were members of churches where the pastors serve, he said. 

 In his remarks, Wells said, “Last year we prayed that El Cajon would become known in the world for our faith, but we did not anticipate how God would answer that prayer.” The city drew worldwide attention in the days following Sept. 27, when El Cajon police shot and killed Alfred Olango, an unarmed 28-year-old refugee from the Uganda, who reportedly took a shooting stance while holding an object during a confrontation with officers in a shopping center parking lot near Broadway and Mollison…


La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast to host Dianne Jacob

Posted by rick griffin on January 3, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for its first breakfast meeting of the year starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry.

               The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Reservations may be made via the chambe

r website,, or by sending an e-mail,, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2.


Jacob was first elected as Supervisor in 1992 and was reelected for a record seventh term in November 2016. She is only the second San Diego County supervisor in modern times to serve at least five times as chair. Jacob’s second supervisorial district features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities with more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del…


Rain or shine, New Year's Day afternoon prayer service atop Mount Helix

Posted by rick griffin on December 28, 2016 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

Unite San Diego, a coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders, will host a New Year’s Day “Prayer Summit” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, January, 1, at the Mount Helix Park Amphitheater, 4901 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. The program will include music, worship and prayers. A prelude to worship will begin at 1 p.m. Several hundred people are expected to attend, said Michael Griffiths of Unite San Diego.


“This is our fourth year to start the year off right with prayer and seeking the face of God,” said Griffiths. “Rain or shine, we will start the New Year together by giving our first fruits offering of prayer and worship to the Lord.”


Speakers will include El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and State Senator Joel Anderson. Also speaking will be George Runyan, founder and director, San Diego City Church Ministries. Free parking and free shuttles to Mount Helix Park will be available in lots next to the San Miguel Fire Station Fire Station 21, 10105 Vivera Dr., at Mt. Helix and Vivera drives in La Mesa, and at Grossmont High School, 1100 Murray Dr., El Cajon. More event information can be found at A map to Mount Helix Park can be found at For more information, phone (619) 840-9134.

Voters return two incumbents, including La Mesa resident, to Grossmont Healthcare District

Posted by rick griffin on December 11, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2016 election, plus voters elected a new face to join the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County. GHD offices are located in La Mesa near Sharp Grossmont Hospital.


East County voters reelected Robert “Bob” Ayres and Michael Emerson to four-year terms. In addition, Santee resident Virginia Hall was elected to a four-year term as a new board member. A seat on the GHD board became available when Betty Stieringer, a retired Registered Nurse and board member since 2012, decided not to seek reelection.


Ayres, a retired banking executive with 50 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management, joined the board in September 2010 to fill a vacancy. The El Cajon resident was then elected to a four-year term in November 2012.


Emerson, a registered ophthalmic dispenser and owner of Hart Optical Co. of La Mesa, was appointed to the board in May 2008 to fill a vacancy. The La Mesa resident was then elected in November 2008 and reelected in November 2012. 


Hall, a retired Registered Nurse, finished first in a field of six candidates that included Ayres, Emerson, longtime Grossmont Union High School District Trustee Priscilla Schreiber, former La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and La Mesa CPA Jimmy Parker.


A nursing school graduate of Grossmont College (1978), Hall worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004. Her nursing background includes working in several local hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics and research facilities. In addition, she has participated on research boards, presented…


La Mesa man is chairing Grossmont Hospital construction monitoring citizens oversight group

Posted by rick griffin on December 11, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

The volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has elected its chairman and vice chairman to serve through June 2017.


La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego State University (SDSU) professor, and El Cajon resident Jeffrey Olson, division chief of assessment services, San Diego County Assessor’s Office, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively.


The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), has been meeting since June 2006 when East County voters approved Prop. G, a $247 million bond ballot measure for financing improvement projects at the hospital. Prop. G passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two-thirds required.


ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring bond proceeds spent by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital. GHD serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers.


Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups, according to ICBOC bylaws. Sparrow is serving as a representative of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA), while Olson is representing Grossmont Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary.


Sparrow, professor emeritus of SDSU’s School of Public Affairs with more than 25 years of experience in regional and municipal administration, has served on four other oversight committees: the City of La Mesa from 2008 to 2010, the…


La Mesa Live

Posted by LM Today on December 10, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Tonight during the “Holiday in the Village” event, a live broadcast will originate from the site of the soon to come Fourpenny House restaurant on La Mesa Blvd.   “Real Talk La Mesa” is a live on air show hosted by La Mesa resident Jack Rowell.  Usually airing on Thursday mornings on ESPN 1700AM from 11am to Noon, tonight a special broadcast will air live on facebook.

Jack Rowel is a La Mesa native and Helix High grad and has been hosting the show since 2014.  Tonight Mr. Rowell’s guests will include Mayor Mark “Dr. A” Arapostathis, Vice Mayor Guy McWhirter, Councilwoman Kristine Alessio,  Fourpenny owner Peter Soutowood, Joey Harris, lead guitarist of the Beat Farmers, and former Helix head coach Jim Arnaiz. 

You may watch the show live from the La Mesa Blvd.

A New Tradition Starting in the Village

Posted by LM Today on December 10, 2016 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

          Downtown La Mesa is looking brighter than ever for the holidays.  Last week the City of La Mesa hosted its annual "Shimmer" event, which kicks off the holiday season with a tree and street lighting ceremony.  Held on Thursday, December 1st, Mayor Mark Arapostathis, Vice Mayor Guy McWhirter, Councilwoman Kristine Alessio, and Councilman-elect Colin Parent pulled the switch and the village was lit.  “We are anxious to show off our new LED lights in the village”, said Mayor Arapostathis, who along with Vice Mayor McWhirter head a subcommittee that oversee events in the downtown village.   After the success of the Car Show and Oktoberfest, the city was planning on hosting a holiday event in the village.  The Mayor and Vice Mayor met with Aaron Dean, the president of the newly formed La Mesa Village Association and offered them the chance to host this year’s holiday event.  “We are very encouraged by the progress of the new Village Association and wanted to give them opportunity to host this event with the hopes they could host future events in the village.” Arapostathis said. 

          Today from 10am to 10pm the La Mesa Village Association will host “Holiday in the Village”.  Today’s event will continue a 25 year history of Christmas events in downtown La Mesa.   The Village Association plans on having fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season.  Santa will be at the event from 3pm – 10pm and carnival rides are back this year for the kids.…


The ABCs of Vitamin D discussion at La Mesa health library

Posted by rick griffin on September 27, 2016 at 3:55pm 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 “The ABCs of Vitamin D” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.


Speaking at the Herrick Library will be Susan Silijander, director of marketing with GrassrootsHealth, an Encinitas-based nonprofit public health organization dedicated to moving vitamin D research into practice. She will discuss the role of Vitamin D in our bodies. She also will discuss the pros and cons of how our bodies receive Vitamin D, including diet, supplements and through our skin.


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 www.herricklibrary.orgHerrickLibraryExteriorCloseupFoto.jpg

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