December 2013 La Mesa Blog Posts (54)

"Almost Orwellian"

Today's history lesson concerns an organization named, "Sicherheitsdienst" or "SD" for short. It was the Nazi Germany Security Service. Originally formed in 1931 as the "Ic-Dienst", it quickly morphed into the "Sicherheitsdients" by 1932 and was the Nazi party's Party Information Service by 1934.  It was divided into two distinct branches: "Ordnungpolizei" and "Sicherheitspolizei". The former being responsible for all…


Added by David Stanley on December 17, 2013 at 6:50am — No Comments

La Mesa Health Care

District, Sharp Healthcare Talk Lease Extension

LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency that serves a s landlord of Grossmont Hospital, has announced it is continuing negotiations with Sharp HealthCare to add…


Added by rick griffin on December 16, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Bombardment and Desensitization

Each of us are daily, hourly, bombarded by the constant and unrelenting deluge of advertizement. It goes on and on and on. Each morning, each time I log into my e-mail I have dozens of "I want your money" messages. Each time I sit down at my television I am bombarded with a constant flow of advertisements. As time passes, each of the television shows we watch grows shorter and shorter in actual content in order to…


Added by David Stanley on December 16, 2013 at 1:13pm — 2 Comments

Helix Students Honor Police and Firefighters

On Friday, December 13, members of Helix Charter High School's Associated Student Body (ASB) continued its tradition of honoring the La Mesa Fire and Police Departments. ASB students, along with their advisor, visited both departments, delivering holiday cookies, cards signed by students, and posters with notes from the Helix student body. The students started this last year as a way to commemorate the Sandyhook shootings. "We just want to show how much we appreciate the service…


Added by Jennifer Osborn on December 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Military Intelligence"

"Military Intelligence"   I know, I know. Its an oxymoron. In actuality there seems to be extremely LITTLE "Military Intelligence" now or at most times during our history or particularly in the present day. Generally, a case of "the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing" it seems much or most of the time. The best laid plans quite often run afoul of real time events but those "best laid plans", because of…


Added by David Stanley on December 16, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

$800,000 Sewage Fine-Many questions, but few answers so far!

The recently agreed-to fine of $800k for 2010 sewage spills is troubling. It's true, the fine could be cut in half depending in certain efforts by the city, but either way this is a major hit on the city budget. We call on the city council to provide a full transparency and accountability on everything leading up to, and flowing from this environmental mess. What happened between 1998, when the problems became known because of heavy rains, and 2010 when another heavy rain caused the problems…


Added by La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group on December 14, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

Joys relived

As "The Season" progresses and Christmas nears, I watch the weeun's excitement. I watch their faces, their eyes. The coloured lights, the tinsel, the music and most of all the anticipation of a stealthy visit from their best pal, Santa. All this again brings reflection and I find myself often sitting and traveling in my mind to share these wonders. As I read the piece this morning about Santa's pending visit to The…


Added by David Stanley on December 14, 2013 at 7:14am — No Comments

Christmas In The Village

Santa Returning To La Mesa's Candy Castle

LA MESA -- This news just in. Santa will be arriving just in time for tonight's Christmas in the Village festivities and has agreed…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 13, 2013 at 2:53pm — No Comments

La Mesa City Council honored local realtors for home makeover

The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a San Diego-area trade group for realtors, was recently honored by the La Mesa City Council for completing a home makeover beautification project for a disabled and unemployed La Mesa homeowner down on his luck.


Representing PSAR at the La Mesa City Council meeting were Jeff Campbell, 2013 PSAR president, and Carey Guthrie, chair of Helping Hands 4 Homes, a  committee of PSAR members who assist less-fortunate homeowners…


Added by rick griffin on December 12, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Christmas In The Village

The Holidays Come Alive In La Mesa

LA MESA -- We are just a day away from what all locals know is one of the most enjoyable events held in this Jewel of the Hills each year.

Christmas in the Village, unlike many other civic events, is a…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 12, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

AT&T Shares Winter Preparation Tips for Local Holiday Travelers

With the surge of holiday travel, many La Mesa residents visiting friends and family in other parts of the country will have to battle the tough weather, similar to this weekend’s Winter Storm Dion, which made travel conditions challenging. 



Added by Chris Harkins on December 11, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

La Mesa City Council

O Silent, Short Night

LA MESA - The City Council gave a little gift of the magi to regulars and staff at Tuesday's meeting. It postponed the only issue of substance on the agenda and sent everyone out into the night while happy hour was still on at local restaurants.

Call it Silent…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 10, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Schools

Arts Academy Could Exceed 500 Enrollment

LA MESA -- When the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District board approved adding an arts academy on the La Mesa Middle School campus,…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

'Tis The Season: Employers And The Flu

With the onset of flu season, employers may be hit hard by employee absences due to influenza. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February.  However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. 

Employers need to be…


Added by Chris Harkins on December 10, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Slides-Helix Art Competition

Slides is sponsoring an Art Competition for Helix Charter High School Art students. 

This competition can be a success with your help.  The Artworks are currently on display at Slides and we would love to have your participation in voting for the top three art pieces.  The 1st place winner will win a $100 prize, the second $50 and the third $25…


Added by Minh Nguyen on December 9, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Tips On Driving In The Rain

LA MESA -- Wind and rain may be common in other regions of the country, but here in Camelot La Mesa storms like we have been having recently…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

La Mesa Arts

Art Is Where You Find It

LA MESA -- Our friends at the Parkway Bar off Fletcher Parkway have been doing great work…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Traffic Watch

Multiple Accidents On Rain-slick Roads

LA MESA - Authorities are pleading for caution on San Diego roads Saturday night. Heavy rains that moved through the area have left roads slick and accidents are occurring throughout the county.

Lakeside Fire at 5 p.m. was working multiple accidents…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 7, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

La Mesa: A Bedroom Community For Gangland

LA MESA -- The San Diego Association of Governments issued a report this week on the impact of gangs in…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 7, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

La Mesa Arts

Library Showcases Wildlife Art Exhibit

LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is now hosting its Fall Art Exhibit featuring 24 art pieces by artist Ron Dotson of Jamul. The exhibit includes watercolor paintings of…


Added by rick griffin on December 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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