LA MESA – Crime by teenagers kept La Mesa police busy on Saturday with two incidents of brazen theft in unexpected places.
Both incidents involved strong armed robbery – at the Grossmont Center and a few hours later near the Vons on University Avenue.
Just before noon, a teenager asked a 23-year-old woman standing in the Jamba Juice store at Grossmont Center if he could use her I-phone. When she refused, the youth grabbed the phone and ran out of the store, pursued by… Continue
LA MESA -- La Mesa Police Thursday evening at 8:30 were investigating a report of shots fired near the intersection of Fletcher Parkway and Jackson Drive. Police said there were no reports of a shooting incident but several residents heard what sounded like gunfire.
In other police action Thursday, police released a photo from a surveillance camera that showed a robber hitting an Arco Station on Massachusettes Avenue early Thursday morning. The photo can be seen at:… Continue
THE VILLAGE – La Mesa Boulevard is quietly building itself into a modest restaurant row. Perhaps as soon as July 12, Swami’s Café, the latest expansion of an Encinitas-based restaurant entrepreneur, is scheduled to open just two doors down from Cosmos Coffee Shop. The new, 48-seat establishment (pictured during on-going renovations above and below) will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will specialize in vegetarian and healthy fare as well as… Continue
GROSSMONT CENTER – At 12:26 today a man armed with a knife held up the Wells Fargo Bank at Grossmont Center.
La Mesa Police said the suspect, described as an Hispanic male, 25 to 29 years old, 6 feet tall with a heavy build and dark complexion, was wearing a dark colored baseball cap, dark shirt, blue jeans and gloves. Police said the suspect threatened a bank teller with a knife and demanded money. As the suspect left the bank, the security dye pack exploded and may have sprayed the… Continue
Since last December, I've been engaged in a campaign to legalize backyard chickens in La Mesa. Specifically, I am asking that anyone in a single family home in a residential zone be allowed up to six hens, no roosters, provided they are kept in a clean and well-maintained coop. It's an odd issue to be committed to, for sure. It's not what I ever envisioned as my entry into local politics. And it's gotten some strange responses.
My interest in chickens took off a few years ago, at the… Continue
LA MESA – The City of La Mesa is beginning to plan for its Centennial Celebration in 2012 and so far it appears that Art Madrid, a civic leader for nearly 40 percent of the city’s history, has weathered his political storm and will remain at the helm of local government through the year-long celebration.
With just weeks until residents can file papers to run, a couple of La Mesans are preparing challenges against incumbent council members. Patrick Dean, a former New York City… Continue
LAKE MURRAY – La Mesa took the first substantive steps Tuesday night toward establishing a community garden operation. If the project continues and moves to fruition, local residents may soon have the opportunity to rent space and begin growing their own food. The City Council agreed to spend $15,000 to finance organizational work toward establishing a public garden operation on 2.2 acres of open land located across the street from Maryland Avenue… Continue
THE VILLAGE – The La Mesa City Council last night voted to launch downtown into the future of parking technology. Starting in early August, customers of businesses along La Mesa Boulevard between Fourth and Acacia streets will use hi-tech, solar-powered parking meters that will accept payment by coin, credit, debit or gift card.
The council voted 5-0 to follow the advice of its citizen Parking Commission and purchase 100 of the new meters. The commission studied the new meters… Continue
The La Mesa Police Department will be conducting DUI/Driver License checkpoints on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, 2010, from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM within the City of La Mesa. The checkpoints will be on Grossmont Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue, La Mesa.
In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired… Continue
THE VILLAGE – La Mesa Firefighters rose early Saturday morning, moved the trucks in their spacious new firehouse into the street and set up griddles, tables and chairs. By 8 a.m. most of La Mesa, or so it seemed, was filing through to eat pancakes, sausage and eggs in what appeared to be a very successful fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Virtually everyone at the event, young and old, donned fire hats supplied by… Continue
LA MESA – Dr. Mark Arapostathis, known as “Dr. A’’ to hundreds of La Mesa students he directs in theater and teaches in school each year, was named the recipient of the La Mesa Spring Valley School District’s annual R.O.S.E. Award for the 2009-2010 school year. The award is given in Recognition of Outstanding Service to Education each year by the district.
Arapostathis, who is also a La Mesa City Council member, was presented the award at… Continue
LA MESA — A Helix High School administrator who had faced charges of contributing to the deliquency of a minor was cleared of the most serious charges by a jury on Monday.
The jury in the El Cajon Superior Court proceeding also acquitted the former administrator, Joshua Stepner, of a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Stepner was convicted of one misdemeanor charge, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
He was immediately sentenced to three years of… Continue
The La Mesa Police Department spent the last two (2) weeks aggressively enforcing the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws during the second “Click It or Ticket” mobilization of this year’s national campaign, which took place May 24 thru June 6, 2010. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help reduce injuries and deaths on California’s roadways.
La Mesa Police Officers wrote 213 seatbelt tickets and impounded 10 cars from unlicensed… Continue
LA MESA – Oktoberfest, the city’s annual three-day celebration of beer, sausage and music has dodged a bullet. Members of the Downtown La Mesa Merchant’s Association and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting prepared to issue a warning: If the City insisted on the Oktoberfest sponsors paying for 100 percent of city expenses related to the event, Oktoberfest’s future could be threatened.
“We would not be able to… Continue
LA MESA – A sun-drenched Saturday greeted a mix of marching bands, civic groups and politicians of all stripes who gathered to participate in the city’s annual Flag Day Parade.
The clear highlight led off the parade, the U.S. Marine Corps Band, but the Marines had good company with bands from Helix High and Warren-Walker School, among others, keeping the parade’s sound track lively and continuous.
The parade, not surprisingly given its patriotic theme, had… Continue