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LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 18 watercolor paintings by Ally Benbrook of El Cajon. The exhibit includes watercolor paintings of animals, especially dogs, cats and horses, as well as scenery. The show will run through the end of May.
Benbrook’s work, highlighting an intrinsic awareness of design and color and the flowing independent nature of water media, resonates with the power of the human connection to animals, nature, people and personal histories. She did not begin painting until after her 50th birthday. Since then, Benbrook has attended many workshops with nationally recognized artists.
She is a past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society, and has participated in many national and international exhibitions. In 2013, her work was juried into 12 national and international shows. She is a partner in Studio 16B at Spanish Village in Balboa Park, and she is a frequent exhibitor at ArtWalk San Diego, a two-day arts festival in Little Italy. Her work is included in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, England, Sweden and Germany. Her website is www.allybenbrook.com.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. …Continue
LA MESA -- Even as plans for the overhaul of La Mesa Village's streets begins, the struggle to keep retail alive along this historic avenue continues.
In recent months, the Candy Castle has ended its sweet run, but just across the street a new and unique retail shop is opening. Amethyst Moon, a spiritual, healing and gifts store that has enjoyed much popularity at a challenging El Cajon location is opening just across the street from The Regal and Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden. The owner's investment in re-doing the outside of the store is admirable and perhaps sets a bar for other retailers looking to make a go of it along the avenue.
While a new age store may not be everyone's cup of tea, on an avenue that has been gaining lower-traffic realtors and finance companies and losing higher traffic retail, all innovative retail endeavors are an encouraging sign.
The real test of retail's future viability along streets like La Mesa Boulevard, however, will come when the city's $5-million investment in new streets, sidewalks and amenities are in place a year from now.
If scenarios found in other, typical city investments in infrastructure play out here, you can expect the new streets to attract more traffic, rents to rise and, perhaps, the area will become more attractive to more and better retail.
The addition of Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden and shops like What A Dish! and now Amethyst Moon are hopeful signs, if they can attract and sustain sales.
There's something to hope for.
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.
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…Continue
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 www.sdcrimestoppers.com). 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…
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
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, www.ucclm.org). We’re an Open & Affirming congregation: Everyone is welcome!
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…Continue
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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…
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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.…