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Comment by Kathy Blair on September 4, 2011 at 9:35am


Soroptimists Walk to Stop Slavery in California

SAN DIEGO, Ca. On Sunday, August 28, 2011 over 30 Soroptimists from eight clubs in San Diego County joined other San Diegans to support tougher laws and harsher penalties for pimps and other human traffickers.  The “Move to Stop Modern Day Slavery” 5k run/walk at Harbor Island Park was sponsored by California Against Slavery.

The walk attracted 186 walkers and raised $4,500 to help put an initiative on the November 2012 ballot. If passed, the initiative will “enact laws with teeth” to deter and punish traffickers/pimps while protecting victims.  “Human trafficking carries a lighter penalty under California law than rape and kidnapping, despite the added benefits derived from the crime of human trafficking.” (

“Most people don’t think of human trafficking as a domestic issue,” says Kathy Blair, President of Soroptimist International of La Mesa. “They hear ‘human trafficking’ and picture girls from other countries being brought here by international gangsters. That is one form of trafficking, but trafficking is also a huge threat to girls right here in San Diego. In fact, San Diego is one of the top ten U.S. cities for child sex trafficking.”

“Soroptimists are very involved in this issue, here and around the world,” says Blair. “In San Diego County Soroptimists in Vista and Oceanside/Carlsbad are working together to raise awareness and protect victims. Soroptimist clubs in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, La Mesa, Casa de Oro, San Diego, Mission Bay, La Jolla and Coronado have formed a collaborative group – S.T.A.T. Soroptimist Together Against Trafficking to address the needs of victims and educate parents, teens and the public about the risks. San Diego County Soroptimist members are also active on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Task Force and the San Diego Regional Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC.

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.



Comment by McPherson Studios on August 4, 2011 at 8:06pm

Chuck McPherson's Rat Rod 66
an Honorable Mention winner at
the San Diego County Fair's Plein Aire Competition
is now on display at The San Diego Watercolor Society's
"Tour the Town" Exhibition (Juried by La Mesa resident, Dr. Joanne Sandlin)

Join Chuck Friday, August 5th to celebrate with wine, food, music
and his fellow watermedia artists at The San Diego Watercolor Society
First Friday reception (5 to 9pm) in Liberty Station


(Shows through August 27th)


Comment by McPherson Studios on July 27, 2011 at 12:08pm

Come on down to the Main Street 5 Gallery in El Cajon and enjoy an art show featuring internationally acclaimed,
and La Mesa resident, Sammy Pasto (hanging with Julia San Roman)!

Show runs through August 5th

MS5G is open Tuesdays - Saturdays 11am to 5pm inside Glamour Girls Boutique at 124 East Main Street

619.957.1111   •

Comment by J Piper on July 27, 2011 at 10:59am
I am very surprised to learn that the building on the northeast corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard is now the property of Goodwill Industries.  I'm surprised because there is a comparatively new Goodwill Building about 8 miles east of here in the shopping area at Fury Lane and Jamacha Road.
Comment by Diane Jean on April 1, 2011 at 5:03pm
The Brew Ha Ha will be at GIO Bistro and Wine Bar this Sunday April 3rd with Rising Stars of Comedy and the Amazing Zoltan.  No cover or two drink minimum.  17 and up. Check out our web site and click on Sunday for details.  Call or email for reservations at or 619-922-9057
Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 1, 2011 at 4:37pm

Please attend the following Helix Water District meeting:

Mr. Tim Ross, of the Helix Water District will be presenting findings from his Smart-Meter pilot study to the Helix Water District Board of Directors next Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 2 PM at their Administration Office located at 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941. HE HAS NOT EVEN THOUGHT TO INCLUDE AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STUDY. DO NOT LET PEOPLE IGNORANT OF THE SCIENCE AND MEDICAL PROBLEMS PUT YOUR FAMILY AT RISK!DEMAND THAT HELIX WATER DISTRICT NOT USE WIRELESS WATER METERS. Visit to learn why. If you cannot attend, email and call the board: jDE ANA R. VERBEKE, jJOHN B. LINDEN, jKATHLEEN COATES HEDBERG, jCHARLES W. MUSE, &jRICHARD K. SMITH  

Tell them we have enough radiation from cell towers and the San Diego Gas & Electric meters that emit into our homes at levels associated with biological effects. We do not need more on the sidewalks outside our homes.
Susan Brinchman
Smart Meter Dangers
American Coalition Against Smart Meters
Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 1, 2011 at 4:11pm

Dear La Mesa Community,

I would like to alert you to the fact that the Helix Water District is planning to install meters in the sidewalks that emit a harmful rf radiation frequency at levels that can impact health (above 0.001 µW/cm3).

From: []
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:09 PM
To: boardmembers
Cc: Mark Weston
Subject: Regarding smart meters


Dear Governing Board for Helix Water District,


I am the National Director of the American Coalition Against Smart Meters and founder of Smart Meter Dangers ( I happen to live in La Mesa.


I want to share with you that smart meters are a major health hazard to biological beings - that is, humans, animals, insects, and plant life. Contrary to what you may previously have been told, they cause elevated rf radiation which does produce health effects and risks. We have enough rf radiation from cell towers, we do not need this emanating from the sidewalk as we try to enjoy a walk or go out in our yards.


It is highly probable that many class action lawsuits, now being prepared, will be aimed at those companies and utilities that cause rf radiation to be elevated in our neighborhoods throughout the nation. Any savings will be lost due to the lawsuits, undoubtedly.


There have been close to 300 news media articles in just two months on how upset people are in Northern and Central California with smart meters. 34 municipalities (cities and counties) in California have formed resolutions of concern and/or to ban or criminalize their installation.


I would like to know the neighborhood where the pilot project in your district is currently occurring and whether residents have been warned of the risks.


To educate yourselves about what scientists say about smart meters and for pertinent independent smart meter and rf radiation exposure studies, visit I think you need to know that the most widely cited study that minimizes risk for smart meters was prepared for PG&E as an industry paid study and therefore has no merit as an independent or non-conflicted source. One review of that study found that smart meters emitted up to 160X the rf radiation to the whole body, compared to a cell phone, and smart meters are on constantly.


Currently, we have the problem of the SDG&E smart meters which are making some people extremely ill and I am one of them.


I would like to hear back from you on this matter. I am very concerned that La Mesa remain a healthy place to live.





Susan Brinchman, Founder of American Coalition Against Smart Meters; Founder of Smart Meter Dangers, website:; Director of Center for School Mold Help (national 501c3 nonprofit); Twitter:!/No2SmartMeters; location: La Mesa, CA, phone 619-463-0249, email

Comment by Namuun Naranamgalan on March 9, 2011 at 10:49pm

Dear La Mesa Community

My name is Namuun, and I am the lead counter help for Panda Express restaurant located at Grossmont Center. I am excited to extend our support to your organization by introducing our Panda Express Community Fundraising Program.

Our fundraising program invites your supporters to experience the quick service, great ambiance, and fresh flavors of Panda Express, whether they dine in or take out. By doing so, 20% of the qualified sale sales will be donated to your organization. It is what we at Panda refer to as a “Win-Win”.

By having your fundraiser at Panda Express, I can personally assure you that your supporters will walk away with an exceptional Asian dining experience. If you are interested in our program, please call me at (619) 460-9090 or (619) 684-0355.

Thank you for your time and continued investment in our community. I hope we can partner together soon.


Namuun Naran
Lead Counter Help
Panda Express


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