December 2010 La Mesa Blog Posts (42)

Scorched Earth

Following the November elections I continued to observe the government operations. Predictably, the losers, Progressive Socialist Democrats, looked, shrugged and formulated their own warped interpretation of the results. Their speeches remained the same, their rhetoric of hatred remained the same, their goals for the destruction of the economy and country remained the same, the spending remained the same. Only difference? Now they had to…


Added by David Stanley on December 20, 2010 at 5:33am — No Comments

City Kasting For Mentoring Roles

LA MESA -- KAST, (Kids and Seniors Together) is looking for a few good volunteers! Jointly sponsored by the City of La Mesa and La Mesa Spring Valley School District, KAST is an intergenerational after-school program that matches mature adults with second through-fourth-grade students. It is designed to provide mature adults an opportunity to share their talents, skills and special interest with students who benefit from one-on-one mentoring.

After an initial orientation, KAST…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 18, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments


LAKE MURRAY -- A driver traveling on Lake Murray Boulevard early Saturday morning lost control and lost his engine. In fact, the car went one way, the engine another and the driver a third.

La Mesa police said that at about 1:15 A.M., they responded to a single vehicle collision in the 5800 block of Lake Murray Boulevard. Police said the vehicle was traveling south on Lake Murray Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a wet road. The vehicle entered the center median…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 18, 2010 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

Hidden Medical Debt Trips Up Homeowners

(The Wall Street Journal )

Well-qualified borrowers with good loan-to-value ratios and steady employment are increasingly finding it difficult to refinance because of medical billing mistakes impacting their credit reports and scores, according to mortgage bankers and real estate agents.


• Nearly 14 million Americans have errors on their credit report due to medical collections, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 16, 2010 at 10:16pm — No Comments

City Councils unanimously fails the rights of business

Today, the City Council of La Mesa took a step backwards in favoring animal rights over human and business rights. The 5-0 vote to move forward the issue of approving an ordinance to ban pet stores from selling puppy mill dogs in favor of only selling shelter dogs (let me know of any retail store doing this anywhere in the US) is now being sent to publicy paid staff to spend time investigating the issue. This all in the name of "protecting us" from the big bad puppy mills. The public spoke…


Added by David Smyle on December 15, 2010 at 12:53am — 14 Comments

Council Will Consider Banning The Sale Of "Puppy Mill'' Pets

LA MESA - The La Mesa City Council heard for an hour last night from citizens concerned about the sale of puppies raised in so-called puppy mills.

What followed was a short but dogged debate about the role of government in local commerce.

"I hate to see things happening to the cute puppies," said Council Member Ruth Sterling, "then my Republican side comes… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Council, Mayoral Winners Sworn In

LA MESA - With an official reading of the final vote totals and a short swearing in ceremony, La Mesa installed the winning candidates Tuesday night. They were all familiar.

Mayor Art Madrid took the oath for the fifth time, assuring he will oversee the city's centennial celebration. Madrid complimented the voters for the 66.1 percent turnout and thanked his family and new fiancee Deborah McElravy. Council members shared a cake and refreshment with residents in… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Time For Our City Council To Speak-Up

This evening I addressed the La Mesa City Council to request their help in keeping our water rates from being increased again. Specifically, I asked the Council to request that the Helix Water District Board of Directors reform the exorbitant pensions that our water rates support. Here is the text of what I said:

"I am here today to ask you to take a stand about an issue that clearly and directly affects every resident of our city - water rates. Helix Water District recently increased… Continue

Added by Russell Buckley on December 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Wonderful Watercolors at Foothills

Aenomium Kiwi

There are wonderful watercolors by local artist Jennifer Meeder on display at the Foothills Gallery! Her show is on display until Thurday 5th January.

Jennifer is one of our most appreciated local watercolorists and has won many awards for her gorgeous translucent florals.

The Foothills Gallery is open Tuesday… Continue

Added by hazel ross on December 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Verbeke Will Head Helix Water Board

LA MESA -- DeAna Verbeke, who was recently re-elected to the Helix Water District Board, has been selected to be the board's president. Verbeke, also a member of, heads the board for the water district that serves customers throughout La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and Spring Valley. See the UT story here:…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Carolers Enjoy A Warm And Friendly Night On Helix

MT. HELIX -- On a warm, dry night the annual Mt. Helix Christmas caroling event drew several hundred carolers to the starlit heights.

Song sheets in hand, young and old worked their way through the traditional songs and enjoyed coffee and desserts supplied by local merchants.

The weather conditions were a nice change from the rain that cancelled last year's event and the cold that made the event a bit too wintry for the local blood the year… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 12, 2010 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

City Council to decide on wasting taxpayer dollars

On Tuesday, the City Council will hear a request to create an ordinance to prohibit a pet store from selling puppies that come from puppy mills. Whether you agree or disagree with this proposal, the real issue is what the charge of the City Council is. According to a councilmember, the City officials are supposed to protect the Citizens and legislate health and safety issues. If this ordinance were ever approved, it would prevent a legal business from selling a legal product and a fairly high… Continue

Added by David Smyle on December 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

East County Homes Sales As Recorded October 2010

Source: Dataquick

Added by Gina Garcia on December 12, 2010 at 10:50am — No Comments

Masked Man Attempts, Fails At Station Robbery

LAKE MURRAY -- At 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a man entered the Shell Station at 5302 Lake Murray Boulevard wearing a black bandana across his face.

The would-be robber raised his hands toward the clerk, police said, when the clerk noticed the suspect was only armed with a glove that had the shape of a handgun.

The clerk then armed himself with a screw driver and told the suspect to leave. The suspect then ran out of the store and was last seen driving north on Lake Murray Boulevard in… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Christmas In The Village A Roaring Success

LA MESA VILLAGE -- Christmas In The Village, an annual event for downtown La Mesa, got off to one of the best and busiest starts in years and went on to be a great success after two nights. Long time residents and merchants couldn't recall a year in which attendance was so strong from virtually the first moment to when the evenings closed. "This is just great,'' said Readers Inc. book store owner Deena While. "Perfect weather and great… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

When Borrowers Default On Second Homes

(The New York Times)

Strategic defaulting – where the homeowner has the ability to pay the mortgage, but chooses to stop making payments – among affluent homeowners with second homes and investment properties is increasing.


• Homeowners who strategically default are likely to find their credit will be negatively impacted and they should expect to be prevented from getting another mortgage loan for 7 to 10 years.

• Many… Continue

Added by Gina Garcia on December 9, 2010 at 8:20pm — No Comments

La Mesa Police Look To Round Up Teddy Bears

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department is looking for a few good bears.

Police department's throughout the county this time of year take turns delivering teddy bears to children in the hospital during the holidays.

This La Mesa teddy bear drive -- the 20th Annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive -- will benefit children at Rady Children's… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Will Google Kill La Mesa's Bookstores?

LA MESA – The latest wave in the on-going communications revolution occurred quietly this week. Google, the computing giant, entered the electronic book market.

It got me worried about La Mesa’s bookstores.

Of all the merchants who make a living offering us goods and services, it has always seemed to me that booksellers hold a special place. Along with the public library, stores like Maxwell’s House of Books, Readers Inc., and the Yellow Book Road, seemed to serve a public… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on December 9, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Holiday Warms With Downtown Festival, Helix Caroling

LA MESA – So far the holiday season has been dominated by early sales and school events, but La Mesa is about to shift gears a bit with some of the classic holiday events just starting.

This Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Village Merchants’ Association will host what has become one of the city’s iconic annual events – Christmas In the Village. The event description – La Mesa Boulevard is blocked off and the street filled with vendors, food and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment


LA MESA -- The first weekend in December is, traditionally, one of the biggest times for La Mesans to start bathing their homes in bright lights and garlands. This year, would like to ask you to help identify the best and the worst of holiday decor in this Jewel of the Hills. To start things off, we honor one of the first "Clusters'' of the season. Clusters are neighborhoods where residents seem to feed off each other's excitement… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 4, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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