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La Mesa Business

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am 1 Comment

New Jack In The City

LA MESA -- Hungry travelers looking for a drive-thru burger on Jackson Drive have been a bit disappointed these days.
The Jack in the Box near La Mesa Boulevard is getting a face lift that will include better indoor and outdoor seating. Construction is fully underway and the restaurant should be up and running again soon.
In the meantime, you can park nearby and hit the new Hills Pub and restaurant just around the corner.
The Hills has been doing big business, attracting many of its loyal customers from Lakeside to celebrate this new tavern and its reasonably priced bar food. Noise from a full house has brought some kvetching from neighbors, but the windows are being closed in the evening to reduce the noise. You might say the neighbors want to be sure these Hills aren't alive with the sound of music -- at least not too late.

Grossmont Healthcare District

Posted by rick griffin on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Bond Oversight Committee Issues Report

LA MESA -- The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2013 Annual Report to the Community.

 “We are serving as the taxpayers’ eyes, ears and voices, with an attitude of thoroughness, inclusiveness and transparency,” said Kathleen Bute, 2014 ICBOC chairwoman. “Overall, we are pleased with the expenditure process, as confirmed by the audit that indicated no deficiencies or inconsistencies in internal controls or compliance.”

 Annually, the ICBOC group requests an audit of bond fund expenditures by independent external auditors. In 2013, Bute said the auditors returned with an “unqualified” opinion, which is regarded as the best type of audit result, indicating a clean bill of financial health. “The audit results indicate meticulous management of taxpayer dollars and confidence of public trust,” she said.

 Construction activity at the hospital is being financed by bonds voters approved in June 2006. The ballot measure, Proposition G, passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two-thirds required. Since then, the ICBOC has been overseeing how GHD is spending bond proceeds. The ICBOC group is responsible for reporting annually its oversight activities during the previous year.

 The ICBOC’s seventh annual report says that 2013 was a year of milestone events, including the groundbreaking for the state-of-the-art Heart and Vascular Center (drawing above) in April and construction progress on the…


Weekly Crime Report

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 10, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Daytime Burglars Are Active In La Mesa

LA MESA -- Daytime burglaries are continuing to pop up across town. One recent one on Third Street had officers scrambling across the the area and in the sky above.

Case Highlights: On Friday, April 4, 2014 at approximately 3:52 pm, La Mesa Police received a call of a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 4500 block of Third Street. The victim came home to find three black males leaving the residence. One suspect was seen jumping over the fence from the backyard to the alley; he is described as a black male, approximately 17 to 20 years old, large afro hairstyle, last seen wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with a backpack. 

La Mesa Police Officers, with the assistance of the San Diego Sheriff’s helicopter (ASTREA) responded and searched the area. The suspects are still outstanding. Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Check out this Myth & Fact Sheet on the topic:

MYTH: My car came with an infotainment system. Since it’s built into my car, it must be safe.

FACT: Advancements in automotive technology can be broadly separated into two categories:

• Technologies related to vehicle performance and driving, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, crash avoidance…


Easter Services at Christ Lutheran Church

Posted by Roxie Thiessen on March 18, 2014 at 10:57am 0 Comments

Join Us for Easter Services,

April 20th, 2014

6:30 a.m. Sanctuary Sunrise with Communion

8:30 a.m. Festival Worship with Choir and Classis Brass

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship in Gym with Praise Band

Christ Lutheran Church Ministries

7929 La Mesa Blvd

La Mesa, CA 91942


Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum - The Great Three Days - at UCCLM

Posted by Mary Domb Mikkelson on March 20, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

The people of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) invite you to share Holy Week with them – the palm procession and telling of the Passion on Palm Sunday; a Tenebrae service commemorating the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday; witnessing the story, significance and impact of Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday and celebrating His resurrection on Easter Sunday.


  • Palm Sunday services:  8:30 and 10:00am, April 13

  • Maundy Thursday, April 17

    • Soup Supper – 5:30pm

    • Silent Prayer in Sanctuary – 6:15pm

    • Tenebrae Service – 7:00pm

  • Good Friday Service:  Noon, April 18

  • Easter Sunday Services, April 20

    • 8:30am – Arise! Agape Feast of the Resurrection (Breakfast prepared by the Youth of the church)

    • 10:00am – Festival Service of the Resurrection


You are invited, also, to observe Holy Saturday, taking time from your day, wherever you are, for prayer as you prepare to transition from the darkness of Good Friday to the great Paschal Light of the Resurrection.

UCCLM is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-464-1519,  We’re an Open & Affirming congregation:  Everyone is welcome!

La Mesa Arts

Posted by Gina Garcia on April 8, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Bringing 'Mike's Mountains' To La Mesa

LA MESA -- One of the joys of living in La Mesa is its proximity to so much.

Twelve minutes to the ocean. 15 minutes east and the landscape gives way to stark desert beauty.

Take a jog north on that eastern trip, follow a winding road up through forested hills and you find yourself in a completely different world. Lake Cuyamaca stretches out before you, quaint Julian with its apples, lilacs and pies beckoning from nearby.

Shannon O'Dunn, proprietor of O'Dunn Fine Arts on La Mesa Boulevard, lived with and loved a man for whom the outdoors and Lake Cuyamaca held a special place. Geologist Mike Bemis, her husband, loved fly fishing and the catch-and-release traditions of Mission Bay and Lake Cuyamaca.

To honor the first anniversary of Bemis' death, O'Dunn has called on some of the best artistic chroniclers of Lake Cuyamaca and Julian scenes to bring the mountains to La Mesa.

Mountain Gold, a show featuring the works of, among others Jack Jordan, Joe Garcia, Gary Johnson, Vanessa Rusczyk and Paul Strahm, will open Friday, April 25, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at O'Dunn's stylish gallery at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard. The show will feature more than 30 paintings with a portion of all sales going to support the Lake Cuyamaca Foundation.

As one would expect, O'Dunn tears up as she describes Bemis' love for Lake Cuyamaca and the Julian area and it is clear this show is more than another gallery opening for her family.

"Mike did so much in his life for that…


Mt. Helix Stargazing

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 9, 2014 at 6:27am 0 Comments

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From Here To Eternity Through A Telescope

MT. HELIX -- Last weekends stargazing event high atop Mt. Helix was, well, a true sight to see.

Photographer Gary Junker, a regular visual chronicler of La Mesa's life and times, projected his lens along with the telescope's reach and brought back these visions of the night…


Crime Watch

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 8, 2014 at 9:30am 2 Comments

Deputy Stabbed, Suspect Shot Near Jackson And Center

Last Updated At 12:36 p.m.

LA MESA -- There has been a police shooting near Jackson Drive and Center Drive this morning.

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies, apparently working as part of the Border Crime Suppression Unit, shot and injured a suspect while attempting to enforce a warrant.

Police said a deputy attempting to enforce the warrant was stabbed by a suspect and the suspect was then shot once by a second deputy supporting backup.

At noon today, Sheriff Bill Gore told La Mesa Today he had just visited the wounded deputy in the hospital and reported he was in good spirits. The chief said he apparently was able to back away from the knife attack and sustained a slash across his leg before the backup deputy could fire a shot into the suspect's abdomen. He said the deputy would be okay. Gore said he thought the wounded suspect may survive.

The confrontation apparently occurred near the Chevron station which also features a popular car wash at that location.

The La Mesa police issued a warning to local residents to avoid the area.…


Crime Watch: Special Report

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 7, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Inside La Mesa's DUI Crusade

By Chris Lavin

La Mesa Today Editor

LA MESA -- When they asked the notorious criminal Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he famously answered "because that is where the money is.''

Spend an evening with the La Mesa police officer Ryan Rogers and ask him where all his driving under the influence collars come from and he can drive around town pointing to one tavern after another.

"That place gave me four last year,'' Rogers said, pointing to a University Avenue hole-in-the-wall. Pointing to another bar he said "That place gave me three, but none this year so far.''

Bars, as Sutton might have said, are where the alcohol is.

What may be most surprising is that this officer can remember individual DUI arrests at all. Last year, Rogers took 130 drunk drivers off La Mesa streets and put the fear-of-god into another 400 or more who had the pleasure of one of his roadside sobriety tests.

Rogers' 130 total broke the department record and earned him, for the first time in La Mesa history, the annual Distinguished Service Award For Local Law Enforcement from San Diego County Mothers Against Drunk Driver's.

"It's not that I enjoy arresting people,'' Rogers said. "But at the end of the year when we see a 46 percent reduction in alcohol-related injury accidents, well, we just say YEAAAAAAH!''

With little public fanfare, Rogers has been at the heart of the La Mesa Police Department's campaign to reduce alcohol-related deaths and injuries through strict enforcement. In addition to Rogers' 130 DUI arrests, other officers chipped in to build an annual total of 255.

Spend a night riding shotgun with Rogers and you quickly…


La Mesa Business

Posted by La Mesa Today on April 6, 2014 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Hills Pub Open To Local Fanfare

LA MESA -- The new Hills Pub on La Mesa Boulevard near Jackson opened this 

 weekend to much fanfare, adding new life and late night action to a part of town that has been pretty sleepy after business hours.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new business with one of its patented ribbon cuttings. You can watch their report from the event by CLICKING HERE.The new spot offers bar food and eventually will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spot featuring lots of draft beer and lots of TV screens. 

The pub owners say noise concerns will limit live music as the location borders residential neighborhoods, but some acoustic performers may appear here eventually.

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The Key to a Home SaleSource: Wall Street Journal

Some metros saw a 20 percent increase in turnkey listings over the past year, with these listings being described as “move-in condition.” Turnkey properties are reportedly more popular on the West Coast, and for luxury residences often include furnishings and art.

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Lack of sellers, preponderance of buyers pushing housing prices

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Real estate experts observe that the U.S. housing market currently has too few people selling homes and at the same time too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale. In addition, higher mortgage rates and higher prices have made homes costlier for first-time buyers as well as for all-cash investors. 
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