Love where you live!
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942
405 Parkway Plaza El Cajon, CA 92020
Let your voice be heard in La Mesa Today, part of the Today Network. Share your successes, strategies and challenges. Collaborate with your business colleagues and request advice. Our goal is to work together to build a comprehensive network and to promote the La Mesa Community.
La Mesa Today, now in its fifth year, is a membership driven website. When you join you get your own page and can contribute stories, events, photos and videos that will be visible to thousands of La Mesans who read La Mesa Today each month. Let your voice be heard. Promote your business. Share your lives and keep in touch with La Mesa neighbors.
Retired Rear Admiral To Speak On Sustainability
LA MESA -- Award winning, retired Rear Admiral, Len Hering will be speaking about sustainability and conservation efforts. President Bush bestowed Rear Admiral Hering, US Navy Ret., with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management in 2005 for his efforts to significantly limit the Navy’s energy use. Hering’s efforts reduced energy consumption by nearly 42%, diverted 75% of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one billion gallons, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. Additionally, Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic and conversion technology at all levels in Navy facilities.
He is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Admiral Hering will be hosted by the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club as he addresses the membership at their June 3rd meeting. The club meets the first Wednesday of each month at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Dr. at University Avenue. Meetings begin at 7:00PM with social time starting at 6:30.
This discussion is one of many in an ongoing series exploring the effects of global climate change, greenhouse gases causing massive and catastrophic effects to our weather and environment, Admiral Hering will be a whole new source of great information.
Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to…Continue
Chick-Fil-A Supports The Troops
LA MESA -- The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away a combined total of about 10,000 chicken sandwiches on Wednesday, May 20, as part of a “Military Appreciation Night” promotion.
Between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m., any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military ID or proof of service, along with each one of their immediate family members with them, will receive their choice of a free entrée.
Choices include the Original Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, eight-piece Nuggets or three-piece Chicken-N-Strips. Offer valid for dine-in customers only.
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit www.chick-fil-a.com.
This is Chick-fil-A’s eighth annual “Military Appreciation Night” in San Diego. The event began in San Diego in 2008, when there were four Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County. It has since grown to more than 50 participating Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout Southern California.
LA MESA -- Let’s salute “Old Glory”! The American Flag will be flown proudly at the 18th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, May 30th. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. led by the United States 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band through the downtown La Mesa Village. Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal: Sharp Grossmont Hospital Celebrating 60 years in La Mesa. View the many floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups. Arrive early to see two pre-parade concerts, La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands, at 9:00 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route.
After the parade, join the La Mesa’s Human Relations Commission for FREE ice cream at La Mesa Boulevard and 4th Street, north side. La Mesa welcomes all County residents and their families to share in this free and fun event!
In addition to donations from community members, the La Mesa Flag Day Parade is sponsored by AMR, Barona Resort and Casino, EDCO Disposal Corporation, La Mesa Community Welfare Association, Rainbow Investment Company, The Cushman Families, South Baltimore, LLC and Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Indians.
For more information contact the parade committee at FlagDayHelp@ci.la-mesa.ca.us or visit the City website at www.cityoflamesa.com/FamilyFun.
Fair Warning Of Tickets To Come
LA MESA -- Once again, the La Mesa Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18-31, including one of the busiest travel weekends of the year that kicks off the summer season.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed.
That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no - excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In California, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $161.
California statistics reveal that 500 unrestrained vehicle occupants died in 2013.Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilizatio n, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot
Celebrating A Year In The Art Business
LA MESA --The Art Stash - Artist Supply store has turned 1 year old! We are celebrating with an Art Walk, Product Demonstrations, Free Samples, a Food Truck and a Store-Wide Sale on May 31st 10am - 2pm.Join us at The Art Stash located at 5575 Baltimore Drive, #107 La Mesa, CA 91942 on Sunday, May 31st. Free. Open to all ages. We want to say thank you for a successful first year!
Check out our website www.theartstash.com
Taste Of La Mesa Returns June 8
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that the seventh annual “Taste of La Mesa” event will be held on Monday, June 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The Presenting Sponsor this year of this popular community event is Sycuan Casino. To date they are joined by these sponsors: American Medical Response, Barona Resort & Casino, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Courtesy TV - Sales & Service, Erickson-Anderson Mortuary, Families 1st Law & Mediation, Kirk Paving, Inc., Lily's Mobile Homes, Park Station, SDG&E, SignCo San Diego and Viejas Casino & Resort. Print and graphics will be done this year by AAA Imaging and Kostedt Design & Marketing. Our evening will be captured on film by Sandra Small/ Photographer and on video by Community Spectrum.
The event is open to the public with a VIP ticket price of $50 that allows these ticket holders to have an early tasting beginning at 5:00 p.m. which includes preferred parking, prior to the general admission attendees arriving at 6:00 p.m. VIP ticket holders receive an extra hour of tasting that allows them to be entertained three hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
General Admission tickets are $35 per person and that portion of the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. The evening allows guests to sample fare from many local restaurants and food providers, as well as mix and mingle with local businesses who have display tables for attendees to visit.
This year's participants are: All The Perks Espresso Cafe, Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, BO-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant of La…Continue
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, recently hosted a check-presentation ceremony with Maureen Hartin, CEO, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) San Diego, Inc. The ceremony celebrated GHD’s ongoing support of VIM, including a $150,000 grant awarded during GHD’s current fiscal year.
GHD’s grant will assist with paying pay for diagnostic test lab tests and fees and medical supplies for uninsured East County residents who are treated for free at the VIM El Cajon medical clinic at 1457 East Madison Ave.
VIM’s mission is to improve access to health care for America’s underserved, particularly the uninsured, by relying on volunteer medical professionals, including retired doctors and nurses. The non-profit VIM brings together medical professionals and patients who don’t have health insurance.
Located in a parking lot behind Chapel of the Valley United Methodist Church in El Cajon, VIM’s clinic is staffed by more than 100 professional volunteers, including retired doctors, nurses and support staff, who donate thousands of hours in providing primary care services to more than 3,000 patients annually. The majority of patients are from employed working families who earn too much to quality for a government health program, yet earn too little to afford health insurance, according to Hartin.
Founded in 1994, VIM is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to developing free community-based health clinics for the uninsured. There are currently 97 VIM clinics operating in 25 states. When the El Cajon clinic opened in the fall of 2006, it was California’s first VIM clinic.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent nearly 500,000 people residing…Continue
LA MESA -- Citing the changing real estate market place and acknowledging the strong local opposition to high-rise development in La Mesa, the planners working on the Park Station project in downtown La Mesa have dramatically scaled back the proposed project.
In a press release, the planners working for the Kitzman family have reduced the height proposed on the Baltimore Drive site to four stories for 60 percent of the project closest to Baltimore and at six stories for the portion of the project closer to Spring Street.
The number of housing units has also been scaled back in response to generally strong opposition from neighbors who complained that the original 18-stories would block views and was not in keeping with La Mesa's small-town feel.
The scaled-down project will have to return to the Planning Commission before eventually returning to the City Council for final review. Here is the full press release from Urban Housing Partners:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2015
Park Station Dramatically Reduces Specific Plan Size and Lowers Building Heights
Much has changed over the last 10 years, especially the economy and the real estate market. When the Park Station Specific Plan was first authored in 2004, the real estate market was at an all-time high. There was a huge demand for newly built condominiums driving the market. Many people were interested in high-rise buildings because they maximized views and provided the ability to include highly desired lifestyle amenities such as: rooftop pools, community gathering spaces, and fitness centers. When the lending industry…
Photo courtesy of Gary Junker
Star Party at Mt. Helix
LA MESA -- Mt. Helix Park and the San Diego Astronomy Association will be co-hosting the second annual Star Party at Mt. Helix Park on Saturday, May 23. This is a free, family event. Complimentary parking and shuttles begin at 6:45pm and will be provided by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation. Viewing begins at 8:15pm. Both parking and shuttles will be located at the lots next to the San Miguel Fire Station at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera Drive in La Mesa. Enjoy live music by Mt. Helix resident Trace Loptein from 7:30 to 8 pm - bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset. Armed with professional telescopes, astronomers will be available to interpret the night sky.
Visitors are invited to bring their own telescopes. Equipment drop-off is located at the upper parking area within the Park (please note there is no parking in the upper lot the evening of the event, only drop off areas). Be sure to designate someone in your party to stay with your belongings.
Saturn will be at opposition providing for some interesting viewing. At our last Star Party guests saw Orion, Jupiter and the passing International Space Station.
The Mt. Helix Park Amphitheater is located at 4905 Mt. Helix Drive in La Mesa. For more information, call (619)…Continue