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On La Mesa: Chicken News

Mulling The Chicken RenaissanceLA MESA -- The looming return of free running poultry to the single family homes all over the Jewel of the Hills makes this journalist's mind race.How to gird oneself for such a shift in local culture? Dog bites man is not news. Man bites dog is news. Dog eats neighbor's beloved chicken is, well,…See More
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Utility Says Power Will Resume Near 9 a.m.LA MESA -- San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting Tuesday morning that power remains out for 1,568 customers on the west side of La Mesa. The utility is estimating that power will be restored by 9 a.m. See More
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On La Mesa: Chicken News

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 4:49pm 6 Comments

Mulling The Chicken Renaissance

LA MESA -- The looming return of free running poultry to the single family homes all over the Jewel of the Hills makes this journalist's mind race.

How to gird oneself for such a shift…

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La Mesa Power Out

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:33am 0 Comments

Utility Says Power Will Resume Near 9 a.m.

LA MESA -- San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting Tuesday morning that power remains out for 1,568 customers on the west side of La Mesa. The utility is estimating that power will be restored by 9 a.m.

 

On La Mesa: Chris Lavin

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:00am 3 Comments

New Restaurants, New Jobs

LA MESA -- The two establishments, in some ways, couldn't be more different.

One is the latest incarnation of a very well-financed, time-tested business partnership; the other is the fledgling dream…

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Posted on October 1, 2013 at 6:34pm 0 Comments

To Young Writers. Reporting and Writing A Long Story

By Chris Lavin

Good writing isn't brain surgery. It's communicating

well, artfully and, always with an understanding of

how the readers can follow your thinking.

My approach to talking to writers about writing longer

stories usually breaks down like this:

THE LEAD:

A short beginning -- three or four…

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At 9:02am on October 20, 2013, Frank Robert Dittmer said…

Chris, thx for the pics you added to my blog, looks great.

At 9:02am on October 20, 2013, Frank Robert Dittmer said…

Chris, thanks for the pics you added to my blog.  Looks great.

At 10:12am on July 16, 2013, Marty Murphy said…

Chris:

If convenient, please come and see Gloria Smith and me perform @ 3:30-4:30 tomorrow (Wed.) @ 

Casa Loma

8040 Jenner St.

Park & walk right in. the receptionist will guide you.

Best,

Marty

At 7:26am on October 31, 2011, Jenny While said…

That art show at Liberty Station was amazing! Ms. Carrera's imagination is astounding. Thank you for the tickets! I really appreciated it. That was a neat experience.

 

Jenny

At 11:49am on March 6, 2010, BVBigelow said…
Chris: I was telling you at Cosmos about Lynn O'Shaughnessy, the author/journalist who writes about finding the right college at the right price. Her Book is called "The College Solution." She's got her own website by the same name: http://thecollegesolutionblog.com/ and she also blogs about college at CBS MoneyWatch web site. She's spoken to parents at High Tech High, Our Lady of Peace, Grossmount HS, La Costa Canyon, and she's looking for more speaking opportunities. She'd be a great resource for you at LJCD--and she lives in La Mesa!
At 11:19am on February 10, 2010, Elaine Arapostathis said…
Hello,
I have been enjoying reading about La Mesa. Thank you for developing this News Paper. I have invited my friends to joing. I do have a comment, it is my opinion that the sound that accompanied the video about Reggie Bush had inappropriate language.
Thank you
Mrs. A
At 12:23pm on January 19, 2010, Billy Martinez said…
just wanted to touch base a nd say hello. been crazy busy with deadlines. that is why i have not been on for a bit. hope you had a great new year.

billy
At 6:22am on January 8, 2010, Ernest Ewin said…
Chris, thank you for the coverage at last nights La Mesa TownHall meeting. LA MESA TODAY was the only news coverage. Holpe to see you and more citizens at Murray Manor Elementry on Feb 4 at 6:30pm.
Ernie
At 9:37pm on December 24, 2009, Billy Martinez said…
sounds good. i wish you and your family a merry christmas.
 
 
 

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In Southern California, New Homes are Rare and Costly

Source: LA Times

New home prices have soared in recent months in the Southern California region, with the median for the six-county region peaking at $538,000 in June, according to CoreLogic DataQuick. And in affluent ZIP Codes, builders are bidding up already-high land values. Overall, new homes have become all too rare and costly for the average buyer. Making sense of the story:

- A surge in higher-end projects has pushed new home prices above their pre-recession peaks, even as prices for existing homes remain one-fifth below their bubble-era highs. - In Orange County, the median new home price has topped $800,000. - Builders have piled in to pricey ZIP Codes — bidding up land costs there in the process— and polished their projects to a high gloss to woo wealthy buyers with cash or good credit.

- Projects aimed at the middle of the market remain scarce, and overall home building is off about 60 percent from a decade ago. The shortage of new lower-priced product is one factor making Southern California among the toughest housing markets in the country for middle-income families.

- While new homes have almost always sold at a premium, that premium has hit new highs this year. In January, the gap between median-priced new and resale homes in Southern California peaked at $151,000, a 41 percent premium for a new house.

- Several factors contribute to the widening price gap between new and resale homes, housing economists say. For example, competing bids drove up the cost of land in prime areas in 2012 and 2013, which means higher prices today.

- Some builders have made a conscious decision to move upmarket because they see more profit and upside in catering to wealthier consumers. KB Home is among the builders moving upmarket. The Los Angeles builder, long a specialist in entry-level homes, has shifted to more affluent, "land-constrained" neighborhoods.

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http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-new-home-prices-20141014-story.html#page=1 _________________________

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