Featured La Mesa Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (31)

Crime Watch

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La Mesa Women Get A Lesson In Self-Defense

LA MESA -  Recent discussions of crime in La Mesa -- like those that peppered the fall elections -- usually focused on the declining crime rate. But…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

"Rainy Monday."

One Monday, a few storms ago, I walked out in my front yard and looked at the sky. It had been raining all night and continued into the morning but it was juuuuussst starting to clear abit. The sky over the Village was so beautiful I rushed to my studio and, brush in hand, rendered the above painting.… Continue

Added by David Stanley on January 31, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Winter Scenes

Cool Returns And Brings Fog With It

LA MESA -- The respite from cold departed with the return of a cool rain overnight, leaving a foggy morning to greet the work week in La Mesa. Gird yourself for more of this bitter winter! (Is this as bad as it…

Added by La Mesa Today on January 31, 2011 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

One Summer Afternoon

When I was ten years old I made a discovery that has never left me:  words move people.  Even in works of fiction, words are powerful.  

It was summer, a particularly hot day in Whittier, California where I grew up, and it was one of those  perfect days for finding a place in the shade to sit down with a really good book. I decided I'd take the Reader's Digest condensed version of Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and head outside for an afternoon read.

So I poured some…


Added by chris shea on January 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

City Hall

Officials Seek Support For Marine's Pet

LA MESA -- A local U.S. Marine who is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recently purchased a companion dog from a local pet store that may have been the product of a puppy mill.

The dog almost immediately had health problems and the marine was left with vet bills he couldn't afford.

Mayor Art Madrid today held a press…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

La Mesa Centennial

Why Does La Mesa's Centennial Matter?

LA MESA -- What better way to get ready for a Centennial than looking to our own history. A year ago, we published the story below explaining why so much work and planning was underway to mark La Mesa's first century.



Added by La Mesa Today on January 24, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Crime Watch

La Mesa Cops Conduct DUI Warrant Sweep

LA MESA -- In an effort to display its commitment to combating drinking and driving, the La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI Warrant Sweep on Monday.

A total of forty five subjects with outstanding DUI warrants that had been issued in the last two months were identified. Several teams of Officers attempted to locate these subjects at…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Purse Snatcher Takes It On The Chin

LA MESA -- A 52-year-old woman fended off a purse snatcher, exchanging punches with the thief in the Henry's parking lot near Palm Avenue Friday night.

La Mesa police said the attack happened just before 9 p.m. Police said the woman had just finished shopping at Henry’s Market and was walking through the parking…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Town Hall II, The Sequel

A Clear Uptick In Civic Engagement

MARYLAND AVENUE -- Just 48 hours later and a few blocks west of Tuesday's town hall meeting place, but it might have been a world away.

Attendance at the City of La Mesa's second town hall meeting this week rocketed from a handful to dozens. Discussion…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Crime Watch

Another Bank Robber Hits La Mesa

UNIVERSITY AVENUE -- For the second time in two days, a robber has slipped a note to a local bank teller and made off with cash.

On Thursday, just before noon, La Mesa police responded to a call of a robbery that had just occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located inside the Vons store at 8011 University Avenue.The lone…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Police Ask Help In Finding Alleged Molester

LA MESA -- The La Mesa police are asking the public's help in finding a man accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy he first met on-line.

On June 24, 2010, Jeffrey John McPherson, 41, was arrested by La Mesa police for molesting the 16-year-old boy over a 9-month period.



Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Artist and the Dragonfly Wing

A few months ago, I walked through my office at home on my way out to my car to head down to the commercial district of La Mesa. I own a greeting card company and I write and illustrate all my own work.   A new sewer project up on my hill had brought a symphony of sound and sight to the neighborhood.  Tractors and trucks and bobcats and men in orange vests and hard hats…


Added by chris shea on January 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Town Hall Meeting

A Quiet Night At Town Hall Meeting

PARKWAY - The City Council gathered Tuesday night to take the pulse of the people.

Depending on your view, the quiescence they were met with suggested either a moribund or contented electorate.…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 18, 2011 at 10:38pm — 6 Comments

La Mesa/Spring Valley Schools

Sixth Grades May Be Moving Back To Elementary Schools

LA MESA - The impact of the state budget crisis continues to take its toll on local schools.

In an appparent cost saving move, the La Mesa/Spring Valley school district is expected to move its sixth graders back to elementary campuses in September.

The move, which has not been officially…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 18, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Arts In The Schools

Pursuing The Art of Giving Kids The Arts


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

Maybe the answer is, “by teaching them” – children, that is. That is what San Diego Artist Penny…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 17, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

Multicultural Festival



Dr. King Honored In La Mesa's 15th Annual Festival

The City of La Mesa's Human Relations Commission held its 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Festival before an audience of several hundred Sunday afternoon.…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 16, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Cat In The Window

The Cat in the Window

My  next-door neighbor is moving out of her house to Grossmont Gardens. She has lived in her house for 45 years and we have been next-door neighbors for the last 16 of those years. When I moved in next to her on a bright April day, I had a dog named Abe and she had a cat named Foxy.  Over the years , both Abe and Foxy got their wings, and now she has another cat named Peekaboo and I a dog named Ben.   As it does everywhere, life has brought many changes.  But…


Added by chris shea on January 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Our Village

Shedding the cloak of watcher, skeptic and cynic for a time, my puppy and I took a drive through the village this morning, as we are wont to often do just to enjoy the atmosphere.  There, in the bright sunny light we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, driving slowly all about the downtown area. Each shop adding… Continue

Added by David Stanley on January 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Helix High School

Shooting Threat Disrupts School Day

A phoned threat to the El Cajon police today sent La Mesa Police racing to Helix High School.

Police say a caller told El Cajon police there would be a shooting at Helix High School and then immediately notified La Mesa officers.

La Mesa police immediately searched the campus and found nothing amiss. El Cajon police are continuing to…


Added by La Mesa Today on January 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Peanut Butter and Perspective

Recently while shopping for peanut butter in our then being reset Target Store, I found myself unable to find any of the organic smooth kind.  Just organic peanuts and salt.  Nothing else added.

The shelves were kind of empty, because they were expanding the grocery section and hadn't fully stocked the store yet.

As I was searching for my peanut butter,  out of the corner of my eye I saw a young man come riding up toward me in a sporty wheelchair.  At first, because the aisle…


Added by chris shea on January 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

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