La Mesa Today's Blog – January 2011 Archive (24)

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La Mesa Women Get A Lesson In Self-Defense

LA MESA -  Recent discussions of crime in La Mesa -- like those that peppered the fall elections -- usually focused on the declining crime rate. But…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Winter Scenes

Cool Returns And Brings Fog With It

LA MESA -- The respite from cold departed with the return of a cool rain overnight, leaving a foggy morning to greet the work week in La Mesa. Gird yourself for more of this bitter winter! (Is this as bad as it…

Added by La Mesa Today on January 31, 2011 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Woman Robbed In Wal-Mart Parking Lot

 On January 26, 2011, at about 6:30 PM, the La Mesa Police Department responded to a call of a robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Store, located at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 

The female victim was approached from behind by the suspect as she was walking in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.  The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 28, 2011 at 12:58am — No Comments

City Hall

Officials Seek Support For Marine's Pet

LA MESA -- A local U.S. Marine who is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recently purchased a companion dog from a local pet store that may have been the product of a puppy mill.

The dog almost immediately had health problems and the marine was left with vet bills he couldn't afford.

Mayor Art Madrid today held a press…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

La Mesa Centennial

Why Does La Mesa's Centennial Matter?



LA MESA -- What better way to get ready for a Centennial than looking to our own history. A year ago, we published the story below explaining why so much work and planning was underway to mark La Mesa's first century.

This…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 24, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Crime Watch

La Mesa Cops Conduct DUI Warrant Sweep

LA MESA -- In an effort to display its commitment to combating drinking and driving, the La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI Warrant Sweep on Monday.

A total of forty five subjects with outstanding DUI warrants that had been issued in the last two months were identified. Several teams of Officers attempted to locate these subjects at…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Purse Snatcher Takes It On The Chin

LA MESA -- A 52-year-old woman fended off a purse snatcher, exchanging punches with the thief in the Henry's parking lot near Palm Avenue Friday night.

La Mesa police said the attack happened just before 9 p.m. Police said the woman had just finished shopping at Henry’s Market and was walking through the parking…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Town Hall II, The Sequel

A Clear Uptick In Civic Engagement

MARYLAND AVENUE -- Just 48 hours later and a few blocks west of Tuesday's town hall meeting place, but it might have been a world away.

Attendance at the City of La Mesa's second town hall meeting this week rocketed from a handful to dozens. Discussion…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Crime Watch

Another Bank Robber Hits La Mesa

UNIVERSITY AVENUE -- For the second time in two days, a robber has slipped a note to a local bank teller and made off with cash.

On Thursday, just before noon, La Mesa police responded to a call of a robbery that had just occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located inside the Vons store at 8011 University Avenue.The lone…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Police Ask Help In Finding Alleged Molester

LA MESA -- The La Mesa police are asking the public's help in finding a man accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy he first met on-line.

On June 24, 2010, Jeffrey John McPherson, 41, was arrested by La Mesa police for molesting the 16-year-old boy over a 9-month period.

The…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Grossmont Center Drive

Lone Suspect Robs Bank Of West

La Mesa police are looking for a bank robber who handed a teller a note demanding money just after 9 a.m. this morning at the Bank of the West on Grossmont Center Drive.

Police said the lone suspect entered the bank, located at 8690 Grossmont Center Drive, and handed a teller a demand note.  No weapon was displayed and no one was harmed.  The…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Town Hall Meeting

A Quiet Night At Town Hall Meeting

PARKWAY - The City Council gathered Tuesday night to take the pulse of the people.

Depending on your view, the quiescence they were met with suggested either a moribund or contented electorate.…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 18, 2011 at 10:38pm — 6 Comments

La Mesa/Spring Valley Schools

Sixth Grades May Be Moving Back To Elementary Schools

LA MESA - The impact of the state budget crisis continues to take its toll on local schools.

In an appparent cost saving move, the La Mesa/Spring Valley school district is expected to move its sixth graders back to elementary campuses in September.

The move, which has not been officially…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 18, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Arts In The Schools

Pursuing The Art of Giving Kids The Arts

By PEGGY JUNKER

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

Maybe the answer is, “by teaching them” – children, that is. That is what San Diego Artist Penny…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 17, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

Multicultural Festival

 

 

Dr. King Honored In La Mesa's 15th Annual Festival

The City of La Mesa's Human Relations Commission held its 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Festival before an audience of several hundred Sunday afternoon.…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 16, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Helix High School

Shooting Threat Disrupts School Day

A phoned threat to the El Cajon police today sent La Mesa Police racing to Helix High School.

Police say a caller told El Cajon police there would be a shooting at Helix High School and then immediately notified La Mesa officers.

La Mesa police immediately searched the campus and found nothing amiss. El Cajon police are continuing to…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Village Redevelopment

Downtown Merchants, City Talk Turkey On Redevelopment

By Chris Lavin

Editor

LA MESA – Many of La Mesa’s downtown merchants gathered last night to meet face to face with the city’s professional development team. There was some…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 13, 2011 at 11:19pm — 14 Comments

Mayor's State Of City Audit

Madrid Sees Best of Times, Worst of Times

La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid gave his annual "Audit'' state of the city address at last night's City Council meeting. Here is the text in…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 11, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

City Council Meeting

Parking Fines Rise As State Asks For More

LA MESA – There is good news and bad news on the downtown parking meter front.

The good news: The new electronic meters are working well, residents are using their credit cards and preliminary usage suggests the projections that…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 11, 2011 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

Center Drive



Second Location For Trolley Stop Deli



CENTER DRIVE -- The many fans of the Trolley Stop Deli on La Mesa Boulevard have reason to celebrate. The La Mesa establishment is expanding, leasing a second location on Center Drive, which will open on Sundays.

Gary…

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Added by La Mesa Today on January 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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