Featured La Mesa Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (17)

Six Questions For City Council: Ernest Ewin

LA MESA -- Ernest Ewin is a former banker who now works as a consultant. He has been involved in civic life in La Mesa for decades and also serves on the Metropolitan Transit System Board. As an incumbent, he is seeking re-election to the La Mesa City Council. In the third installment of the "Six Questions'' series, Ewin answers these questions:

Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing challenges facing La Mesa… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 31, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Six Questions For City Council: Patrick Dean

LA MESA -- Patrick Dean has been a chef, a waiter and is a father and La Mesa resident who has regularly attended City Council meetings. Among his interests in city affairs has been on on-going desire to see increased care for the environment and sustainable living in La Mesa. A candidate for city council, his answers below are the second installment in our "Six Questions'' series.

Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 29, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Six Questions For City Council: Mark Arapostathis

LA MESA – Starting today, LaMesaToday.com will begin presenting the views of candidates for city council and mayor in a series we are calling “Six Questions.’’ Candidates who chose to participate will answer the same six questions for each office.

We begin today, alphabetically, with Council Member Mark Arapostathis who is seeking re-election. Arapostathis is a long-time resident. He works as a second-grade teacher and has operated Peter Pan Junior Theater and the C. Hook… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Call For Artists

The Foothills Art Association is announcing its twenty first annual WILDLIFE Juried art exhibit. The Exhibit will be held at the Foothills Fine Art Gallery, 4910 Memorial Dr., La Mesa, P.O. Box 794, La Mesa, Ca. 91944-0794. The dates will be November 2 through December 1, 2010.

Okay. I've said the official stuff now for the important stuff: Media will include oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed-media, collage, pastel, graphics and non-functional sculpture. All submitted artwork must be… Continue

Added by David Stanley on August 26, 2010 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Car Crash Blocks Trolley Tracks

SPRING STREET - An early morning one car accident left the trolley tracks blocked just north of the downtown La Mesa stop today, leaving commuters scrambling for alternate transportation while police investigated the mishap.

The driver of the Ford subcompact was attempting to cross the trolley track and head south on Spring when police said he hit a fence post that went through the windshield and struck him in the head. The car came to rest across the trolley track instantly… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 26, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Hunger Strike Ends On Day 11

Originally posted by member Christine Cullinan:

San Diego County, Calif. (August 23, 2010) –

After 11 days of fasting, Congressional Candidate Ray Lutz has announced that with the founding of a new national organization (Debate for Democracy) to carry on the fight for congressional debates, he will finally agree to eat something.

“Now that I know the fight for debates will continue, I feel it's time to have a bite,” Lutz said.

Lutz, whose fast lasted… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 24, 2010 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

The Hunger Strike: Day 8

Originally posted by member Christine Cullinan:

San Diego County, Calif. (August 20, 2010) – Congressional Candidates Ray Lutz (Democratic) and Michael Benoit (Libertarian) will lead demonstrations at a candidate's forum tonight featuring Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, whom they are seeking to debate.

The two candidates have been fasting for 8 days, in effort to pressure Hunter to agree to a series of debates with them. Just yesterday, Hunter's campaign delivered an acceptance… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 21, 2010 at 7:43am — No Comments

Member Buckley Says: Don't Be Fooled Again

Our Helix Water District Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on an 8.8% increase in water rates this Wednesday (August 18th). It seems like we are bombarded by tax and rate increases. For example, the recent State of California 1% sales tax increase; the recent City of La Mesa 0.75% sales tax increase; two recent increases in the City of El Cajon sales tax; the City of San Diego proposed 0.5% increase in sales tax; and the narrowly rejected 0.5% sales tax increase in Lemon… Continue

Added by Russell Buckley on August 15, 2010 at 8:24pm — 20 Comments

Tradition Meets Changing Politics In November Election

LA MESA – In the traditions of La Mesa politics, a local resident – usually with years of living in town – starts volunteering for the sorts of civic groups and committees that can lead to a chance to eventually run for the City Council.

Art Madrid did it that way. So did Ernie Ewin and Mark Arapostathis.

But when the rumors about candidates for November’s elections finally turned to actual paper filings, it was clear that a group of… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on August 13, 2010 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

La Mesa, Santee Fashion Fundraiser Succeeds

Item originally posted by Alexandra Stathoulis Kuty

LA MESA, CA – On Sunday, August 8 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held their second annual fashion show fundraiser “Fashion Rocks the East” benefiting the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants Scholarship Fund. The fashion show was held at the La Mesa Community Center Arbor Room at 3:00 p.m. The models consisted of former contestants and titleholders in the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Program including Karen… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 13, 2010 at 8:56am — No Comments

Talk About A Steady Diet Of Politics!

LA MESA -- Campaign season is often referred to as "The Silly Season'' by long time politics experts. We'll let you decide whether the latest news from the Hunter-Lutz competition for U.S. Congress' 52nd seat supports that analysis.

Last week, Democrat Ray Lutz' camp announced a schedule of eight debates, apparently without any involvement by team Hunter.

Hunter, the son and namesake of the long-serving Republican Congressman, has a traditionally Republican district and, probably… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

And The Post Office Came Tumbling Down

THE VILLAGE -- Wrecking crews brought the roof and walls of the old Post Office down Wednesday afternoon with onlookers watching as the dust rose. The demolition is one of the final stages in the redevelopment of the civic core of the city. The lot will remain vacant for the forseeable future, perhaps converted for a time as surface parking, officials say. See photos below:…


Added by La Mesa Today on August 11, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Woman Attacked Near La Mesa Trolley Stop, Breaks Arm

THE VILLAGE -- Robbers attempting to grab the purse of a woman broke her arm Tuesday in an attack just adjacent to the downtown La Mesa trolley station.

La Mesa police said just before 9 a.m. Tuesday a woman was walking along the sidewalk adjacent to 4700 Spring St. when three males stalked her from behind and one of the males grabbed her purse. The woman held on to her purse as the suspect tried to pull it from her grasp. She was thrown to the ground during the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 10, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Husband And Wife Team Will Be Featured

The Foothills Art Association, whose facilities there in the funny little building at Porter Hall, 4910 Memorial Dr., La Mesa, is very proud to announce that this month's featured artist position is shared by the husband and wife team of Bob and Veronica Franc. Their combined art is exhibited in the gallery through the month of August and, just between you and I, its great!! Both are artists of some standing but together, well, I mean!! They are going to have an artist's reception on Saturday,… Continue

Added by David Stanley on August 9, 2010 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

East County Boasts Highest Arts - August 14

MT. HELIX -- In the old stereotypical way of looking at San Diego culture, all the big events occur downtown -- the opera, the fancy art shows, the thoughtful plays.

That's the old way of looking at things. One could argue -- and we do -- that the real arts, the unpretentious arts of the people occur among the people.

And so on Aug. 14, the HeART of Mt. Helix event should be seen as THE art event of the week in San Diego… Continue

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

Time.com: Are Hyperlocals Replacing Traditional Newspapers?

Interesting reading for those at La Mesa Today...

"All politics may be local, but apparently not enough journalism is. As newspapers keep cutting back on staff and printing skimpier editions, journalists, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens have responded by creating websites to cover the local news they feel is going underreported..."

Read more:… Continue

Added by Barry Jantz on August 1, 2010 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

Mayor To Opponent: 'Let's debate'

LA MESA – Mayor Art Madrid Friday said he welcomed City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling’s decision to challenge him in November’s election.

“I welcome all opponents,’’ Madrid said. “This gives us a chance to discuss the issues and to lay out our record of accomplishments for the residents of La Mesa.’’

Madrid, the long-serving mayor, also had a direct answer when asked if he was willing to debate Sterling:

“Every week,’’ he said.

Sterling surprised many this… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on August 1, 2010 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

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