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
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
"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..."
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
LA MESA – Art Madrid, the long-time mayor of La Mesa, may finally have an opponent in the November election.
Word spread quickly through local political circles today that Ruth Sterling, a current council member who is not facing re-election for her council seat this year, had pulled papers, the first step in preparing for a run for the office.
Sterling has a week to fill out the papers and return them to the clerk’s office.
Sterling was not immediately available… Continue
I'm really bummed out. I just left the City Council meeting where our elected representatives voted unanimously to approve an MOU for non -safety workers that barely addresses our single biggest financial problem - pensions. Like almost every government institution in the state, La Mesa pays exorbitant pensions to its employees. They are far in excess of what private sector taxpayers receive. The most significant reason we got into this financial mess, and remain in this mess, is that the… Continue
LA MESA – In education circles, the middle school years – grades six, seven and eight – are known as particularly challenging. Large schools, more complex academic work and the onset of adolescence often send good elementary students on a race to the bottom. Beginning in September, La Mesa parents will have a new choice for tackling these years.
Two long-time educators have been awarded a state charter to begin a new middle school, which they… Continue
SYCUAN RESORT -- La Mesa was well represented at the Boys and Girls Club of East County golf tournament and fundraiser. The Friday event at the Sycuan Resort was plagued by some of the highest temperatures of the year, but the beverage cart sponsored by Hooley's Bar and Grill kept the water supply up as the golf balls flew. Among the golfers were (pictured above) former NFL punter Evan Arapostathis (brother of La Mesa City Councilman Mark… Continue
Sunday's Union Tribune included an editorial about the San Diego Unified School District's request for a parcel tax. While most of the editorial is not of direct interest to those of us who live in La Mesa, its introductory sentences are:
"In 2009, alarmed by such abuses as the city of La Mesa distributing costly fliers that suggested a gang invasion loomed unless sales taxes were raised, the state Fair Political Practices Commission tightened rules meant to prevent government agencies… Continue
LA MESA – In the months leading up to any election, there is nothing an office holder likes more than a quiet meeting with few cantankerous issues to cause stirs or create divisions in the electorate. If that is the case, Tuesday’s city council meeting would be the Pax La Mesa in what were literally the dog days of summer.
Things were so quiet, in fact, the La Mesa leaders had to call in a canine show and the leadership of the Helix Water… Continue
As you drive by daily you pass that odd shaped little building there on the corner of Le Mesa Blvd and Memorial, you know, right there by the ball park? That's the one. Porter Hall. I'm sure as you passed you've seen signs in the windows talking about art and perhaps seen the large advertising board outside inviting guests to visit. You've just never taken the time to stop. Have to get to that shop or that store. just no time, maybe another day. Hey. Did you know that Porter Hall is a full… Continue
Photos and story by Will Lavin, La Mesa Today correspondent
ROLANDO – C. Hook Theater, a young adult off-shoot of the Peter Pan Jr. Theater, presented “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’’ at the Kroc Center in West La Mesa this week.
The show drew large, appreciative audiences and maintained the professional polish that has become the hallmark of the 30 years of PPJT work among younger students. Steele Canyon High’s Zach Alper did a strong… Continue
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