Featured La Mesa Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (30)

Governor Brown Issues Pension Reform Recommendations

Water Districts take note!  Governor Brown has just come out with his pension reform recommendations.  While many of the local agencies have already taken steps towards reforming pensions, our Water Disricts are far behind the curve, especially HWD.  (See Gov. Browns reforms at the link below).…


Added by David Smyle on March 31, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Businesses Closing

Jitters, Blockbuster Calling It Quits In Downtown

DOWNTOWN LA MESA -- Through more than two decades of change in the coffee business, somehow Jitters, a shop that changed very…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 31, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Golden Days

I call them golden days, those days that just feel incredibly real and wonderful.  They don't even have to be perfectly happy days, but they have to be days that, I believe, you'd be sorry you took for granted.

Golden days.

I'll be having one on Thursday.  I'll get home from work, take my dog Ben out for a little stroll,  feed him,  sit beside him while he enjoys a bone…


Added by chris shea on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Antique Street Faire

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Antiques Fill Much-Debated Downtown

LA MESA -- It was just before dusk on Saturday night and many of the…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

They Are Talking About Us!

Posted by LaMesaToday.com member Russell Buckley          

"Today's benefit structure for public employees is unrecognizable from the design, funding structure and goals of the original 1932 version. Instead of retirement security, the public pension became a wealth generator. Initially, state workers retiring at age 65 could expect retirement income at roughly half of their final compensation, based on an average salary earned during their last five years of…


Added by Russell Buckley on March 27, 2011 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Traffic Flows -- And Slows -- Along The New 52

SANTEE -- The new span of State Road 52 opened this morning and, for residents living east and north of highway 67, getting to La Jolla or the Golden Triangle just got easier.

The virtual tour offered above showed the step by step travel on 52 West from the 67 was virtually effortless at 7:30 a.m. today until the junction with the 125 where backups seemed about normal. The backup on the 125, in fact, may have been a bit worse than…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Smyle: Helix Water Directors Paid Handsomely

Don't expect the Helix Water Board to make any changes to employee benefit and pension package in the upcoming Memorandum of Understanding with its employees.  When they themselves can make over $18,500 in benefit compensation (see chart below) before you add in the $200 per meeting for another 7-10 meetings per month and you have total compensation that could approach nearly $40,000 for a part time job. Not bad. 

Some wonder why a Board member would spend $10,000 to win an election…


Added by David Smyle on March 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Grossmont Redevelopment

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Imagining A Redeveloped Grossmont Center

LA MESA -- When the lease on the land under Grossmont Center…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Crime Watch

LA MESA -- La Mesa police Friday arrested a Spring Valley man for solicitation of murder after he allegedly circulated posters seeking the body "dead or alive'' of his 19-year-old daughter's boyfriend.

Police said they were initially notified by the suspect’s daughter and boyfriend after several posters had been placed on the campus of Grossmont College within the past 2… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Council Annual Workshop

A Day To Pause And Think

LA MESA – Once a year the City Council retreats away with the city staff and, without an agenda, a public hearing or angry citizens dominating the session the way they often do at regular council meetings, they spend a long day taking…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 24, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

La Mesa Teen Wins San Diego Crown

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, 2011 the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s and is an outstanding scholarship provider for young women. More than… Continue

Added by Alexandra Stathoulis Kuty on March 24, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

An Outpost Of Progress

A Touch Of Tuscany Comes To Lake Murray

LAKE MURRAY -- It is not just the four foot outdoor flames that make the Vine Cottage on Lake Murray Boulevard stand out.

There's stone work and artful carpentry and, for the wine obsessed, the kind of vintage selections not usually…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 23, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

City Council Meeting

Taking A Moment To Remember Korea

LA MESA -- No matter how many times the City Council starts a meeting with a salute to veterans, it never seems to get old.

Perhaps it is the age of the veterans -- in most cases seventy years removed from the events of their youth that made them veterans. Or maybe it is the unstated but evident fact that these gentlemen are quickly leaving us.

But the…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 22, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

There's No Such Thing as an Ordinary Day

1.  Today as I drove to work, a man I pass by often actually recognized my car and waved back at me.  And smiled.

 2.  I bought a big bag of Mother's Cookies to take to the nurses and staff at a convalescent hospital where my long time neighbor was staying. They took very good care of her. She returned home today to Grossmont Gardens.

 3.  The clouds in the sky…


Added by chris shea on March 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

From Santee To The Sea

Local Residents Celebrate The New 52

SANTEE -- In many ways it was the most California of events. Thousands of local residents gathered to celebrate two new ribbons of concrete snaking through the hills of East County San Diego.

If ever there were a people on this planet who understood the benefits of a good road, it is Californians. And thousands made…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Elderly Bandit Sought In Gas Station Robbery

MURRAY DRIVE -- Call him the Mature Bandit. La Mesa police are looking for a 70-year-old robber who hit the Arco Station at 9600 Murray Drive early Friday morning.

Police said the man entered the station at about 3:40 a.m. The clerk at the Arco station reported seeing the suspect standing outside of the store a few minutes before the…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 18, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Great Opening Night For PPJT

KROC CENTER – The Peter Pan Junior Theater began its annual residency at the Joan Kroc Theater on Wednesday and quickly demonstrated what the months of preparation had accomplished.

A cast of 90 moved easily through “The Music Man’’ and drew appreciative applause throughout the evening.

What this group of thespians produce in what they call “play week’’ is intense for amateurs, like a football team practicing for six months and then…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 16, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Early Morning Robbery At Phlllips Gas Station

LAKE MURRAY -- La Mesa police are looking for two youths who robbed the Phillips 76 gas station early Wednesday.

Police said at about 3:37 a.m. two suspects entered the Phillips 76 gas station located at 6085 Lake Murray Bl. The suspects demanded that the female clerk open the register. One of the…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 16, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

La Mesa Schools

A Crisis Unfolds For La Mesa-Spring Valley District

By Chris Lavin

LaMesaToday.com Editor

LA MESA – On the door…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 15, 2011 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Helix Water District Shrinks Its Budget

Helix Water District Shrinks Its Budget

By Russell Buckley

So reads the headline in the most recent edition of Helix Highlights - a glossy publication from HWD. I am happy to see costs reduced. I assume that will mean lower water rates - a thing I expect most of us can agree about. But a little more reflection on the article brings out the skeptic in me. Ongoing MOU negotiations, which many of us…


Added by Russell Buckley on March 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

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