October 2010 La Mesa Blog Posts (42)

Accident Causes Minor Injuries on Jackson

JACKSON DRIVE -- Police, fire and medical personnel responded to a two car accident on Jackson Drive just north of Lemon Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Fire officials said there were minor injuries in the accident, which triggered airbags in the car that was struck on its side.

Added by La Mesa Today on October 13, 2010 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Our filthy little village

I just read the blog which spoke of Laura Lothian's claims of trash, vandalism, etc. I have lived here since 1974 and quite honestly have never seen the terrible, horrific conditions claimed by Lothian. As I really love this place I make a point of driving through and all about at least a couple times a week just to enjoy being in the village. Nope, no trash heaps. Whilst La Mesa is in truth a city, my La Mesa is still, "our village". Working for well over thirty years for the City of San Diego… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 12, 2010 at 10:04pm — 11 Comments

Police Chief Shares His Take On La Mesa Crime

BY CHRIS LAVIN

EDITOR


LA MESA – If the challengers for the mayor or city council races are to successfully make crime a campaign issue, it quickly became clear Tuesday night that they would have to do it without help from the current police chief.

In a lengthy presentation that, at times, seemed almost scripted, Mayor Art Madrid and three of the four current council members led Police Chief Al Lanning through an explanation of recent crime statistics that will… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 9:36pm — 3 Comments

Marijuana, Alcohol and Pretty Flowers?

An Open Letter to the Voters of La Mesa:



It's hard to believe that La Mesa is in another election cycle. Time flies when the city is run efficiently and in order. But Laura Lothian, a candidate for the office of Mayor of La Mesa would have you believe differently.



For several months, Lothian has been telling you the voter that the city is filled with trash, graffiti and dead flowers in city flower pots. This is very serious indeed. So let's take a closer look at Lothian,… Continue

Added by Jim Wieboldt on October 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Touring India: Bri Dugan On Sensory Overload

Third installment in a series from LaMesaToday.com member Bri Dugan.

By Bri Dugan

I'm in the state of Kerala right now. It's located in the Southwestern part of the country. I visited the famous backwaters in Allepey for a couple nights which was a highlight. We rented a houseboat for two nights and spent the days exploring the backwaters and observing how people live on the river. People's whole lives depend upon the river and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Grossmont College In Renovation Mode

At Grossmont College in El Cajon, the interiors of the Griffin Student Center and the Administration/Student Services Building are being demolished. Following remodeling, the two buildings are scheduled to reopen in January 2012. The Proposition R bond measure approved by East County voters in November 2002 is financing the construction. Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke is sitting in a front-loader in the same location as her previous office… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Fiscal Insanity in the Making

I just noticed that the American Federation of Teachers is promoting the candidacy of two Community College teachers for seats on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board: Edwin Heil and Debbie Justeson. I have not met either of them. Based on the description given in our Voter Information Pamphlet, both sound like good citizens. What I don't understand is how we can possibly vote for District employees, even good citizens, to serve on the Board that sets their salaries… Continue

Added by Russell Buckley on October 12, 2010 at 12:25pm — 7 Comments

Citizens Gather To Learn About All Things Green



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HARRY GRIFFEN PARK -- The steady flow of residents to La Mesa's Environmental Sustainability Fair on Saturday was more proof that going green is going mainstream.

Residents saw presentations from solar stove operators, graywater managers and master gardeners prosyletizing about local food sources… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Crime: Long Term Down, Short Term Up

LA MESA -- The mid-year crime statistics compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) were released recently and the statistics will undoubtedly be used by all the candidates for La Mesa seats.

Overall, violent crimes and property crimes, continued a general downward trend throughout the county, hitting ten year lows in these major categories county-wide. In La Mesa, overall crime was down 9 percent since 2006, but had an uptick between 2009 and 2010.

Candidates… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 8, 2010 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Touring India: Overload of the Senses

Third installment in a series from LaMesaToday.com member Bri Dugan.

I'm in the state of Kerala right now. It's located in the Southwestern part of the country. I visited the famous backwaters in Allepey for a couple nights which was a highlight. We rented a houseboat for two nights and spent the days exploring the backwaters and observing how people live on the river. People's whole lives depend upon the river and the resources they gain from it. It was really great fun and we… Continue

Added by Bri Dugan on October 8, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

La Mesa Art Show

The Foothills Art Association is proud to announce it newest art show. Beginning Friday, October 8th, the F.A.A. Miniature Show will begin, to run through the 28th of the month. Featured will be wee paintings from members, all under twelve inches. Each of these pieces are truly works of art only in miniature form. The public is welcome to visit, view and purchase if they so desire. This show is always fun because the artists are able to capture their subjects in such a small size. Don't forget… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 7, 2010 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Rolando Elementary Walks Through The Rain

WEST LA MESA -- The unseasonable rain sent many of the students who considered walking to school today back into their cars througout La Mesa, but not among the hearty students of Rolando Elementary School. Steve South, president and CEO, of EDCo Waste & REcycling Services (photographed below), donated hundreds of yellow shirts to the Rolando school and he braved the weather as well to watch the students stroll in from throughout… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Grossmont Art Faculty Showing Its Own

GROSSMONT COLLEGE -- Artwork created by faculty members of the Grossmont College Art Department will be on display through Oct. 28 at the college’s Hyde Art Gallery, located on campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition of approximately 55 pieces from 29 different art department instructors. According to Ben Aubert, Hyde Art Gallery curator, the exhibition represents the various disciplines that exist within the Grossmont College… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 5, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

We the people

President Wilson said, "A president's ear must ring with the voice of the people". We the people have spoken, repeatedly, to our President and leaders. They have repeatedly responded by saying they have seen nothing, heard nothing and continue to turn a deaf ear, a blind eye to WE THE PEOPLE. What must we do to make them listen, to hear us when we scream, "You are destroying our country, our economy, our health system, our very lives!" "We the people" are the words beginning one of our… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 5, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Candidate Forum Goes To Church

BY CHRIS LAVIN

Editor

LA MESA -- Candidates for City Council and Mayor met again Monday night for another forum, this one featuring not so subtle reminders to the candidates that the La Mesa First United Methodist Church cares deeply about issues of homelessness, senior and youth needs and the lack of affordable housing.

On this night, on these subjects, the candidates shared largely similar views. Though challenger Ian Shiff's idea of having young learning… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Walk To School Day Will Fill La Mesa Streets Wednesday

LA MESA -- This Wednesday, students throughout La Mesa will get a chance to walk to school -- guaranteeing they will have at least one chance to tell their grandchildren about long treks they made to school each day.

But that's not the real point of the day.

Encouraging physical activity and reducing traffic around schools is the impetus for schools in La Mesa to participate in the International Walk to School Day on… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Propsition 23. Good or bad?

I have heard quite abit about this Prop 23, both pro and con, so I sat and did some extensive reading and comparisons in positions.



I have learned that if you are an environmentalist you are crazy wild about the possibility that this could become law. I have noted that in EVERY article I read, whether on the internet or on old fashion paper, each and every opponent to the proposition screams about "filthy money (???) from those dirty, evil, spawn of Satan Texans. I have learned that,… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 4, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Ask your candidate ...

With elections looming on the near horizon a special tribe, a special clan awakens and begins to stump, to harumph, to pencil in promises, to sharpen their rhetoric skills and flex their muscles for the approaching kissing of... well, you rather get the drift I suppose. Everywhere you look are those signs stuck to power poles, banners waiving in the wind. Every television and radio station is flooded with, "I will, I promise", "We have to", "For the children", "Look at my record"," My opponent… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 3, 2010 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Oktoberfest Ends With Large Crowds All Weekend

Scenes from Oktoberfest (Photos appear chronologically and are updated frequently through event. You can also find Oktoberfest videos located below on the home page):



Find Oktoberfest photos located below on the Home page La Mesa Today - Community Website & Online… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Of, by and for the people

Since one man discovered he could take the position of "leadership" and "steer the ship of government" we have been saddled with arrogant and self important people who posture, stump and assuredly spend our money in the way "leadership" thinks best. But note: the "stupid" people have little or no input on how their money should be or is spent. From the office of the President of the United States, through Congress and all the way down to local village politicians, this remains exactly the same… Continue

Added by David Stanley on October 1, 2010 at 8:18am — 3 Comments

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