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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).…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
Added by chris shea on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Antiques Fill Much-Debated Downtown
LA MESA -- It was just before dusk on Saturday night and many of the…Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on March 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on March 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Imagining A Redeveloped Grossmont Center
LA MESA -- When the lease on the land under Grossmont Center…Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alexandra Stathoulis Kuty on March 24, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
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
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.
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…Continue
Added by chris shea on March 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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
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
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
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…Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on March 16, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
A Crisis Unfolds For La Mesa-Spring Valley District
By Chris Lavin
LA MESA – On the door…Continue
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…Continue