February 2010 La Mesa Blog Posts (17)

Spate of Robberies Continues; Circle K, Youth Hit

LA MESA – Police were investigating two robberies that occurred within thirty minutes of each other generally within the Village portion of La Mesa.

At 10:32 p.m. a juvenile was stopped by a group of five other youths near 4200 Spring Street after he was exiting the 7-Eleven store on Palm Avenue. The youths forced the victim to empty his pocket and took his cell phone. The suspects were described as black males ranging in age from 15 to 20. Three of the youths had a thin build and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 27, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments

Pier 1 Robbery

Grossmont Center - A man armed with a knife robbed the Pier 1 Imports store early today. The suspect forced the female clerk to open the safe while holding an object, possibly a knife, against her back. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running into the nearby parking structure. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 6 foot tall, 165 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and white tennis shoes.

La… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 26, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Grossmont High School District's Arts Festival Saturday

Story originally submitted by La Mesa Today Member J. Piper.

Come share in this celebration of our student artwork, musical and theatrical performances and more. Bring your whole family to enjoy our students' talents, make some art of your own, and learn about opportunities to learn arts in our communities. High School students create amazing works of art and we continually see new and developing talents in our local school district. The new Art Center at Cuyamaca College provides a…

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Added by La Mesa Today on February 26, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Another Armed Robbery in La Mesa

LA MESA -- Another business has been hit by an armed robber.

Late Sunday night police say an armed robber entered the Union-76 gas station at 6085 Lake Murray Boulevard, flashed a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes. The clerk obliged and the man -- described as a white male, 5-9 to 6' -- fled on foot. No vehicle was identified and no one was injured in the event.

Police said the man wore a black beanie with holes cut out for his eyes, a grey sweater with black and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 23, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

Gardening in La Mesa: What to Plant Now

Getting good gardening advice for Southern California can be a little bit tricky. We've got a year round growing season, unlike much of the country, and our schedule for what to plant when is just different. Right now we're coming to the end of the cool season, putting us in a bit of an awkward spot. It's too late to plant some cool weather crops that won't be ready for harvest before the weather gets hot, but it's too cold to plant warm weather crops… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on February 15, 2010 at 10:04pm — No Comments

A Common La Mesa Weed Can Be a Free, Healthy Dinner

Perhaps you have a well-manicured lawn, or wonderful landscaping with native plants, or a flourishing garden. But we don't. My boyfriend and I live in La Mesa and, while we are working tirelessly to turn our yard into a thriving garden, right now it's full of weeds. And today I made a big discovery: one of the weeds is edible. Free food!



The major plant pest in our yard is Bermuda grass. We have logged countless hours trying to dig it up by the roots only to have it all grow back. But… Continue

Added by Jill Richardson on February 15, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Environmental Commission May Join Forces With Kids Fest

LA MESA – The La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission, a new advisory board to the La Mesa City Council, met Monday night and demonstrated a willingness to look into its own operation for efficiencies and reductions in environmental impact.

The organization agreed to investigate comingling its annual Environmental Awareness Festival with the established Kid’s Care Fest co-sponsored by the City of La Mesa and the Grossmont Health Care District. Such a move would… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Second Armed Robbery in Two Days

FLETCHER PARKWAY – For the second time in two days, an armed robbery has occurred in a generally quiet part of La Mesa.

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday evening, La Mesa police report a man armed with a handgun entered the PETCO store at 8501 Fletcher Parkway and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed sum, the man fled on foot and no vehicle was known to be involved.

Police describe the robber as a black male in his late 20s, 5-7, medium build, wearing a black mask with a tan… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 15, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Valentine for La Mesa



MT. HELIX -- The sun rose on this Valentine morning and we rise with it.

The soft greens of the hillsides celebrating the recent rains emerge from the morning fog and dew as we head down the steep driveway on our morning walk.

Still, already there are the health obsessed biking and running Lemon Avenue as we stroll slowly.

It has been just eight weeks since we started… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 14, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

La Mesa Blvd. Liquor Store Robbed by Gunman

LA MESA – Valentine’s Eve was not a sweet time for a local liquor store.

La Mesa police report a masked gunman walked into the Mart Liquor at 8695 La Mesa Boulevard and pointed a gun at the clerk. Police say the gunman – described as a 25-year-old white male, 6’ 2’’, 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes – demanded and received an undetermined amount of cash from the register and then asked for a pack of Camel Light cigarettes.

The suspect, wearing a brown and gray striped… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 14, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Katie the Missing Savannah Cat Has Been Found!

Katie, the Savannah cat that disappeared nearly two weeks ago from the Mount Helix home where she and her owner, Dr. Brigitte Cowell, were visiting, was found last night by an alert Mt. Helix neighbor. Katie and her saga gained media attention when she was featured on 10 News shortly after her escape. With Katie reunited with her owner, the flyers which have blanketing La Mesa are being removed. The response of the citizens of La Mesa to Katie's plight was incredible, with elementary school… Continue

Added by Kristine Christensen Alessio on February 13, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Motorcyclist Injured Wednesday in Lemon Avenue Accident

LA MESA -- La Mesa Police and Fire personnel responded to an accident call in the 8600 block of Lemon Avenue Wednesday where a motorcycle operator was injured.

Fire officials said details of the accident were not immediately available, but the motorcycle driver was transported to the hospital by medical transport. The motorcyclist was in pain, but was seen moving and talking with medical personnel. Police were interviewing the driver of an automobile parked near the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 10, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Helix High Gets Its Super Bowl Ring!

LA MESA - The Super Bowl occurred about as far away as you can get from the Jewel of the Hills, but the cheering for the New Orleans Saints was noticeably louder through town.

At the sports bars in downtown and in the living rooms throughout La Mesa, many locals were pulling for one of their own - Reggie Bush. In fact, several La Mesans were seen wearing Helix High colors on their way to super bowl parties.

With the 31-17 victory La Mesa has its own Super Bowl hero. Reggie… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 8, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fine Art and A Fine Time at New Gallery

LA MESA - The boutiquing of downtown La Mesa continues in ways big and small.

Thursday night the evidence of this was in the form of a guitarist performing outside a new art gallery as fashionably dressed young couple sipped wine and talked art.

The event was the opening of a display of the paintings of J. Kirk Richards of Provo, Utah, at Bella Mesa, a tasteful gallery that opened late last year.

The gallery is owned by Gabe Giordano, who is an owner of… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 4, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Small Problems, Big Hopes at Town Hall Meeting

MURRAY MANOR ELEMENTARY - The second and final town hall meeting was conducted here Thursday night and, once again, the issues raised by citizens were more numerous than substantial.

Many of the 40 or so residents raised concerns about speeding, petty crime near trolley lines and both treatment and management of the impact of homeless and group home populations.

Lacking controversial complaints from citizens, the meeting evolved into a primer on the operation of police and other… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 4, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Woman Punched, Phone Robbed

NORMAL AVENUE – A La Mesa woman was struck in the face and had her cell phone robbed as she walked along the 7600 block of Normal Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the woman was walking at about 1:27 p.m. and was texting on her phone when she was accosted by a black male adult who approached on foot from the opposite direction. The victim was punched by the attacker who then fled to a gold sports utility vehicle nearby. The victim complained of pain in her face,… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 2, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Missing Savannah Cat in La Mesa!

Have you ever seen Animal Planet's Cats 101 show about Savannahs? Have you received a phone call about a lost Savannah cat today? There is a lost Savannah cat, somewhat famous too, as she is the mother of Mondo, the lost cat from the Cats 101 show on Savannahs. Katie went missing from Lemon Avenue. If you have seen her, please call 619-469-9547. She needs medicine )-:…

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Added by Kristine Christensen Alessio on February 1, 2010 at 5:50pm — No Comments

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