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Dogs and Baseball Don't Mix

LA MESA -- The Little League fields of California towns like this can handle baseball games year round. And many of them, including the one in Rolando, can boast of Major League careers that were launched from its modest dugouts.

And so more than many towns in America, the La Mesa community - its baseball leagues, schools and cities -- has cared for these fields, putting in new walls and fences recently and refurbishing sprinkler systems and manicuring the grass.

Perfect… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 13, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Witt Named City Manager

LA MESA -- The City Council Tuesday announced that David Witt, a 24-year-veteran of city government, will serve as the city's next city manager.

The announcement came during an otherwise quiet meeting that only hinted at possible growing tensions over future city negotiations with its unions.

Witt, a long serving assistant city manager, had worked as interim city manager since the post was vacated last fall. He is known in local circles as an unflappable administrator… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 12, 2010 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Checkpoint Results Nab Two for DUI, Reveals More

LA MESA -- The results of a recent checkpoint conducted by the city police offer a telling picture of residents' adherence to DUI and licensing laws.

The seven-hour event snared two alleged drunk drivers but there were a significant number that led police to do at least a secondary analysis.

According to police records, the La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI and Driver License checkpoint in the 4600 block of 70th Street on Friday, January 8, 2010.

The… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

More Homes on the Hill

MT. HELIX -- A controversial housing project once rejected as too large and not in keeping with Mt. Helix's rural nature returned this week, pared down and reconfigured, and received a much warmer welcome from county planning officials.

The project won approval, which clears the way for development, though current market conditions may influence the speed and final scope of the project.

See the full story here:… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 9, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Mt. Helix Walk

Thank you to La Mesa Today for coverage of our Mt. Helix Walk. Your reporting captured the essence of this event: the simple pleasures of enjoying our beautiful community and meeting neighbors as a great way to start the new year.

Added by Susan Nichols on January 8, 2010 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Sound but Little Fury at Town Hall Meeting

La Mesa -- The City Council held the first of two annual Town Hall meetings on Thursday night and, for the most part, any fair assessments of the more-than-two hours of comments would suggest there are few divisive issues in this Jewel of the Hills.

After brief words of welcome and thanks from the council members close to 100 residents spent the next two hours raising concerns about minor traffic challenges and seeking more information on city services, most of which it… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 7, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Future of La Mesa Looms

By Chris Lavin

LA MESA - City officials will turn on the mic Thursday night and sit back and listen.

The topic is officially La Mesa's future - a broad topic to say the least - but as with all public hearings, the pundit (that would be me) is predicting that the latest hot topics will still dominate. Speakers can be expected to rail against the mega-project in its early stages of consideration for downtown La Mesa.

Others may raise green issues, including whether… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 5, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

new sheriff's substation

There is a new sheriff's substation in Casa de Oro which will house the deputies, CHP officers, Codes Enforcement, Gang Task Force members and other law enforcement agents. It's in the same parking lot as the Starbucks. Go by and say "thanks for being here!".

Added by Allison Henderson on January 3, 2010 at 11:14pm — No Comments

A Warm Walk with Friends

MT. HELIX - It was a simple invitation - a community walk up Mt. Helix.

The event itself was much more. At 10 a.m. about 100 friends, neighbors and pets left the fire station and chatted and strolled behind the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association banner.

Arriving a few minutes later at the stage area near the hill's summit, the walkers were met by food, water and music - a cocktail party drenched in the morning sunlight and lacking only the cocktails. Susan… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Walk Up Helix

By Chris Lavin

Mt. Helix -- Perhaps it is the concentric circles. Or maybe just the steep grade that gets even the healthiest hearts pounding. But there is something about a Christmas walk up Mt. Helix that is transcendent.

I start up by heading down, down the steep grade my home is set on and then down the long, steep decline from Lake Helix due west along Lemon Avenue. Then the climb begins.

Up a short slope to Alto and left. The hill, glorious homes and the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Preparing for the Worst

La Mesa -- The La Mesa Police Department is reminding local residents to take a few minutes to prepare for the worst.

With homes full of valuable gifts this time of year, home burglars are more active and police can have difficulties recovering stolen goods.

“It is important to protect your valuables by keeping accurate records,’’ police officials say. They recommend that when you receive or purchase an item, immediately note the serial number and save the receipt and warranty… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 22, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Holiday Shopping for Thieves Too

Downtown La Mesa -- A female shopper exiting a bus in downtown La mesa found herself targeted by a thief, La Mesa Police said.

The shopper was exiting a bus at Palm and Allison avenues on Friday at 2:36 p.m. when the thief followed her off the bus and stole the phone she was using to send a text message.

The victim was unhurt. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, about 20 years old, 5 feet -5 inches, 140 pounds with short black hair in a buzz cut, white shirt, light blue… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Sobering Facts on DUI

LA MESA -– City of La Mesa police officials are encouraging hosts of holiday parties and gatherings to think about how intoxicated friends and family will get home this year.

La Mesa police will participate in a special state-wide anti-DUI effort which will include conducting sobriety check points. According to La Mesa officials the first check point will be conducted here Friday Dec. 18.

The special anti-DUI effort will continue through Jan. 3 with special check points… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Jingle Bell Kroc

ROLANDO - - When Joan Kroc left much of her McDonald's money to build community centers, Wednesday night on La Mesa's western edge had to be what she had in mind.

Hundreds of local residents gathered at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on University Avenue to celebrate the holidays. Entry fees were waived for those donating toys to the disadvantaged and barrels filled quickly to give the Salvation Army's annual toy drive a needed boost.

Maria Todaro,… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 16, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Park Station Promises Meetings

DOWNTOWN LA MESA -- The owners of a downtown La Mesa property that could become the site of a major redevelopment and high rise project are pledging to conduct a series of meetings with local residents and organizations interested in the proposal.


The proposed project -- called Park Station -- would be located between Baltimore Drive and Spring Street and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Silent Night

MT. HELIX -- Due to the ongoing rain, Mt. Helix caroling was cancelled!

When your event is rained out in San Diego, you know you’ve had some bad luck. Still, we needed the rain and we can all sing tomorrow morning in the shower! In fact, if we’re lucky, kind rains like this will continue right through the Spring and leave our reservoirs filled for the summer ahead.

The Mt. Helix Park Foundation did announce the cancellation from their web site, but they also… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 13, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Christmas in the Village

THE VILLAGE -- Christmas in the Village opened Friday night after a long, wet day, and some of the energy of the event was dampened by the rain. The promised carnival rides stayed shuddered but as evening fell and fires started in the street, residents did turn out. There was a delightful performance by the La Mesa Middle School Orchestra and fires burned in the street and warmed passersby. Merchants also took advantage of the rain and had specials… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Grapes to the People!

THE VILLAGE -– Even amid a challenging recession, La Mesa Boulevard in downtown Village area continues its relentless upscale march.

During the tumult of another Christmas In The Village event, Mike McWilliams and his wife, Linda, quietly opened a tasting room extension of their Pacific Beach based San Pasqual Winery.

The McWilliams family, residents of La Mesa, spent nights and weekends preparing their new shop, located just a few doors west of Gio’s,… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Park Station Gets A Cool Welcome

DOWNTOWN LA MESA -- City officials conducted the first public meeting about a new retail/high rise residential project being proposed for downtown and if they wondered whether the project will be controversial, they now have no doubts.

Residents filled the usually sleepy council chamber even though this hearing on the Park Station proposal was ostensibly just… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

La Mesa Crime Victim Fights Back

LA MESA -- Kim Dumas stood before the City Council and described herself as a crime victim.

But rather than ranting and raving and complaining about police work, she launched into her response to the burglaries and car thefts hitting her West La Mesa neighborhood.

"I'm a web designer so I built a website --,'' she said. And Dumas encouraged council members to join her in her… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 8, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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