La Mesa Today's Blog – March 2011 Archive (27)

Crime Watch

DUI Warrant Sweep Nets Three

LA MESA --The La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI Warrant Sweep on Friday and arrested three people with outstanding warrants.

Police said a total of forty 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 their last known…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 31, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Businesses Closing

Jitters, Blockbuster Calling It Quits In Downtown

DOWNTOWN LA MESA -- Through more than two decades of change in the coffee business, somehow Jitters, a shop that changed very…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 31, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Chamber Mixer

Visiting A Hidden Jewel: Anthony's Fish Grotto

LA MESA -- Every few weeks members of La Mesa's Chamber of Commerce gather at one of the member locations for some food, drinks and networking.

Wednesday's meeting was held at Anthony's Fish Grotto. For long time La Mesans, this restaurant…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 30, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Antique Street Faire



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Antiques Fill Much-Debated Downtown

LA MESA -- It was just before dusk on Saturday night and many of the…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Traffic Flows -- And Slows -- Along The New 52





SANTEE -- The new span of State Road 52 opened this morning and, for residents living east and north of highway 67, getting to La Jolla or the Golden Triangle just got easier.

The virtual tour offered above showed the step by step travel on 52 West from the 67 was virtually effortless at 7:30 a.m. today until the junction with the 125 where backups seemed about normal. The backup on the 125, in fact, may have been a bit worse than…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 26, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Grossmont Redevelopment



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Imagining A Redeveloped Grossmont Center

LA MESA -- When the lease on the land under Grossmont Center…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Crime Watch

LA MESA -- La Mesa police Friday arrested a Spring Valley man for solicitation of murder after he allegedly circulated posters seeking the body "dead or alive'' of his 19-year-old daughter's boyfriend.

Police said they were initially notified by the suspect’s daughter and boyfriend after several posters had been placed on the campus of Grossmont College within the past 2… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Robbers Steal Phone At Trolley Stop

SPRING STREET -- La Mesa Police are looking for two men who punched a man in the face and then stole his cell phone at the Spring Street Trolley Station Thursday night.

Police said at 10:17 P.M., the 24 year old male victim had just exited the trolley and was walking down the stairs from the trolley platform. The victim was busy dialing a number on his cellular…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

La Mesa Council Annual Workshop

A Day To Pause And Think

LA MESA – Once a year the City Council retreats away with the city staff and, without an agenda, a public hearing or angry citizens dominating the session the way they often do at regular council meetings, they spend a long day taking…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 24, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

An Outpost Of Progress

A Touch Of Tuscany Comes To Lake Murray

LAKE MURRAY -- It is not just the four foot outdoor flames that make the Vine Cottage on Lake Murray Boulevard stand out.

There's stone work and artful carpentry and, for the wine obsessed, the kind of vintage selections not usually…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 23, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

City Council Meeting

Taking A Moment To Remember Korea

LA MESA -- No matter how many times the City Council starts a meeting with a salute to veterans, it never seems to get old.

Perhaps it is the age of the veterans -- in most cases seventy years removed from the events of their youth that made them veterans. Or maybe it is the unstated but evident fact that these gentlemen are quickly leaving us.

But the…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 22, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

From Santee To The Sea

Local Residents Celebrate The New 52

SANTEE -- In many ways it was the most California of events. Thousands of local residents gathered to celebrate two new ribbons of concrete snaking through the hills of East County San Diego.

If ever there were a people on this planet who understood the benefits of a good road, it is Californians. And thousands made…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Elderly Bandit Sought In Gas Station Robbery

MURRAY DRIVE -- Call him the Mature Bandit. La Mesa police are looking for a 70-year-old robber who hit the Arco Station at 9600 Murray Drive early Friday morning.

Police said the man entered the station at about 3:40 a.m. The clerk at the Arco station reported seeing the suspect standing outside of the store a few minutes before the…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 18, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments

State Road 52 Expansion

52 Expansion Is Complete; Celebration Saturday

SANTEE – No part of the new road is in La Mesa, but the opening this weekend of the extension of State Road 52 through Santee is big news in the Jewel of the Hills as well.

Residents can walk, ride or bike on parts…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 18, 2011 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Great Opening Night For PPJT



KROC CENTER – The Peter Pan Junior Theater began its annual residency at the Joan Kroc Theater on Wednesday and quickly demonstrated what the months of preparation had accomplished.

A cast of 90 moved easily through “The Music Man’’ and drew appreciative applause throughout the evening.

What this group of thespians produce in what they call “play week’’ is intense for amateurs, like a football team practicing for six months and then…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 16, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Early Morning Robbery At Phlllips Gas Station

LAKE MURRAY -- La Mesa police are looking for two youths who robbed the Phillips 76 gas station early Wednesday.

Police said at about 3:37 a.m. two suspects entered the Phillips 76 gas station located at 6085 Lake Murray Bl. The suspects demanded that the female clerk open the register. One of the…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 16, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

La Mesa Schools

A Crisis Unfolds For La Mesa-Spring Valley District

By Chris Lavin

LaMesaToday.com Editor

LA MESA – On the door…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 15, 2011 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Property-Based Improvement District

Committee Votes To Exempt

Residential Properties

LA MESA -- The second meeting of the steering committee organizing a…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 9, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

La Mesa City Council

La Mesa Will Look At More Consolidation

LA MESA -- The City Council took another step down the road to further consolidation of city services Tuesday afternoon. The council voted to have the city staff begin formally studying consolidation of the city's animal control services with El Cajon.

City staff will also begin looking at options in…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 8, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Armed Robber Hits Yogurt Shop

LAKE MURRAY BOULEVARD -- A man armed with a handgun robbed the Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt store Sunday night.

La Mesa police said that at about 9:25 p.m. one black male adult armed with a handgun entered the Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt store, located at 5640 Lake Murray Bl., and demanded cash from the two employees while…

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Added by La Mesa Today on March 7, 2011 at 5:05am — No Comments

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