Featured La Mesa Blog Posts – July 2012 Archive (39)

La Mesa Politics

Dean Takes Another Run At Council

LA MESA -- Patrick Dean, the La Mesa resident who lost in his first bid for City Council two years ago, has spent the last two  years attending virtually every council meeting, meeting with local residents and learning more about his adopted home city.…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 31, 2012 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

On La Mesa

La Mesa, From A Distance, Still Looks Good

GENEVA, NEW YORK -- As beautiful as it is, it is healthy to get away from the Jewel of the Hills. Living in a place that is as comfortable as La Mesa, there isn't as much pressure to "get away from it all'' than if you live in, say, the hot…


Added by Chris Lavin on July 31, 2012 at 3:53am — 5 Comments

HWD Board puts screws to rate payers again

One week after HWD General Manager Carlos Lugo stood before the La Mesa City Council professing how the HWD has done all things right about reducing costs in an attempt to keep water rates from increasing even further, the back room deals are back.

 The HWD Board, General Manager and Employees have conspired to bypass the regular process of re-negotiating the MOU which wasn’t up until 2013   In exchange, the rate payers get to watch the payroll costs continue to balloon out of…


Added by David Smyle on July 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments


Police To Citizens: Report Traffic Scofflaws

LA MESA -- In its weekly crime report, the La Mesa Police Department is asking local residents to file traffic complaints listing places where motorists are…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

La Mesa Centennial People

Friends Gather To Celebrate A La Mesa Original

LA MESA -- Every few years, the friends of E. Kathleen Wood gather at the Grossmont Gardens Assisted Living Facility to honor this woman they all call "Katy."

She is 95 now, having lived much of her life in tandem with the city that itself…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 29, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

La Mesa Scenes

Mt. Helix Fauna Has A Name!

MT. HELIX -- We asked the birders of the world to identify this feathered visitor to Mt. Helix and the birders responded. Osprey, baby golden eagle, peregrine falcon, cooper's hawk. And with that variety of answers, we were required to turn to a birding expert to…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 28, 2012 at 3:30am — 12 Comments

Crime Watch

La Mesa Police Arrest AM/PM Robbery Suspect

LA MESA -- On July 9th, the AM/PM MiniMart at Grossmont Center Drive and La Mesa Boulevard was robbed by a man brandishing a pair of scissors.

On Friday, La Mesa police announced that the cash box and scissors were recovered as they announced…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 27, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Weekend

A Weekend Of Music And Movies

LA MESA -- Families can gather under the predictably cloudless summer skies Friday night for a free, outdoor movie being offered by the city's Recreation Department. The family-friendly film How To Train Your Dragon will be presented in La Mesita Park…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 26, 2012 at 5:45am — No Comments

The Saltiness Of Tears

Life. Crazy wonderful funny sad life. I watched the City Council meeting last night with my best friend. We had some wine and snacks and watched as person after person came to the microphone and voiced his or her thoughts to the Council. I admire them all: the Council for their dedication to a task that must sometimes be mind numbing and the citizens who surely must brave eye rolling or obvious shifts in posture when their words are at odds with their audience's pleasure.

I was moved…


Added by chris shea on July 25, 2012 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa City Council

Council Won't Sign PBID Petition Yet

LA MESA -- This city is in its Centennial year and, well, its politics is showing its age.

Some may interpret that judgment as respect for the complexity of its issues and the measured ways it resolves its differences.

Others who sat through…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 25, 2012 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

La Mesa Politics

Kristine Alessio, Planning Commission Member, Starts Council Run

LA MESA -- The City Council race in November will have at least one loser. A third person has pulled papers in anticipation of a race for the two seats being contested.

City officials today confirmed that Kristine…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa News

Power Outages Planned For Swath of La Mesa

LA MESA -- San Diego Gas & Electric announced today it will conduct two planned power outages in La Mesa that will leave hundreds of families and a number of key intersections without power for hours on upcoming dates.

The first of the…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 23, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Grossmont College News

College Promotion Makes The World Record Book

GROSSMONT COLLEGE -- Officials at Guinness World Records in London have confirmed that Grossmont College was successful in its bid to set a world record for the most signatures on a birthday card in one day.

The record was set at the…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Police Looking For Closer Ties To Neighborhoods

LA MESA -- Citizens have been important partners in a number of recent arrests this year and  La Mesa police are looking to nurture that partnership further. Police are offering to visit your neighborhood as part of the…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

La Mesa City Council

PBID Heads Toward Another Rubicon

LA MESA -- Tuesday's City Council meeting was supposed to be a final referendum on the proposed Property Based Improvement District for the La Mesa Village District.

In April, the council…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Heartland Fire

Dryer Lint Causes Fire, $100,000 Damage

LA MESA -- At 4:06 a.m. Friday morning, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa assisted by units from San Diego Fire were dispatched to reports of a residential structure fire in the 5500 hundred block of Dugan Avenue. Heartland Communication…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 20, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Back To The '50s Car Show

Color Their World  

Classic Cars, Modern Colors

LA MESA -- The people who maintain many of the vintage cars that populate La Mesa's car show will go to legendary distances to maintain the integrity of their cars.



Added by La Mesa Today on July 19, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Circle K Near Grossmont Robbed

LA MESA -- A sheriff's helicopter and La Mesa police units were searching just after 10 p.m. for a robbery suspect who hit the Circle K at La Mesa Boulevard and Grossmont Boulevard.

Police said the suspect used a knife to demand cash from the store and…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 18, 2012 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

The Political Scene

Starting With Signs And Signatures

LA MESA -- Shannon O'Dunn started her City Council campaign process Wednesday with a reception at her La Mesa Boulevard gallery. Music, food, and friends mixed with handing out lawn signs and T-shirts.

Candidates can keep the community aware of…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 18, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Police Plan Special Speeding Enforcement

LA MESA -- La Mesa police are planning special speeding enforcement efforts over the next few weeks in an effort to slow traffic before the resumption of the next school year. Officers will be running radar in areas where local residents have…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 18, 2012 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

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