La Mesa Today's Blog – August 2012 Archive (24)

Back To The '50s Car Show

A Quiet End To Weekly Car Shows

LA MESA -- The old friends sat on the window seats of Por Favor Thursday evening, large beers with limes on the rim, looking out at the street as the weekly summer car show…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 31, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

La Mesa Transportation

Green Line To Start Downtown Runs

LA MESA -- It is about to get easier to get to downtown San Diego.

On Thursday, transportation…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 29, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Police Fighting Business Burglary Spree

LA MESA -- Police are asking for help from local residents in combatting a spree of late night burglaries at local businesses. Details below in "case highlights." Also, the recent spate of earthquakes in the far East County has officials reminding us…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 27, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

La Mesa Philanthropy

La Mesa Dentist Boosts PAL Program

LA MESA -- La Mesa dentist Jeff Gray loves baseball. In fact, at age 52, he still plays on a team in the San Diego Adult Baseball League.

So it’s no surprise that Jeff and Mary Gray decided this year’s “Smiles for Life” annual fundraiser to benefit…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Getting La Mesa Wired For Emergencies

LA MESA -- In the old days, fire departments rang bells or sounded booming horns to signal a fire or emergency. Today, they simply send out text alerts. The La Mesa Police Department is doing the same, letting residents know why that helicopter is…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 21, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

La Mesa Politics

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 19, 2012 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Crime Watch

Girl, 16, Threatened By Stalker Near Helix High

LA MESA -- Police are looking for a man who tried to lure a Helix Charter High School student into his vehicle early Friday along University Avenue.

Police said that at about 8 a.m.,  a 16-year-old female student was walking to Helix High…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 17, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

La Mesa Politics

School Board Challenger: "Too Much Complacency"

LA MESA -- Jay Steiger has watched -- with compassion -- as the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board has had to cut away at its schools in recent years.

Layoffs, reorganizations, programs stretched or ended, class sizes soaring.

"I…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 17, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

East County Weather

Temperatures Soar In East County

LA MESA -- They say you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Turns out all you need is a car temperature gauge to know it…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Politics

England Leaving Lemon Grove Council

LA MESA -- Mary England, the energetic executive director of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Republican candidate for the new 79th Assembly District in November will not seek re-election to the Lemon Grove City Council.

England, who served 12…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 15, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

La Mesa City Council

A Marathon Before A Break

LA MESA -- The City Council will take a summer vacation and skip August's second meeting. The council members celebrated by conducting a five-hour marathon Tuesday, the highlight of which was denying a neighborhood's attempt to stop a new housing development in West…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 14, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa-Spring Valley School Elections

Competing In Challenging Times

LA MESA -- Not long ago, La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board members Emma Turner and Bill Baber sat together in a local coffee shop contemplating this November's election with a reporter.

Turner (photo right) and Baber had already filed the papers to seek…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 14, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Weekly Crime Report

Rats! Cops Can't Help With Common Pests!

LA MESA -- Police in this week's report are preparing special DUI patrols for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend and are advising residents that they can help with domestic pet problems but rats, mice, gophers and bees are not a police…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 13, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Citizen Tip Leads To Burglary Arrest

LA MESA -- A tip from a watchful citizen led the arrest of a suspected car burglary early Friday.

Police said that at 11 a.m.  a citizen called 9-1-1 to report a vehicle burglary in progress at the Office Depot parking lot, 8481 Fletcher Parkway. The citizen was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect and police units were dispatched immediately. As…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 10, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

Police Seek Failed Bank Robber

LA MESA -- Police are looking for a woman who tried to rob a bank Thursday, but failed to get any cash.

Police said a woman who might have been armed attempted to rob the Cabrillo Credit Union at 7900 El Cajon Boulevard.

Just after 4:30 p.m.…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 10, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Property Based Improvement District

Charting A Difficult Course To A Middle Ground

LA MESA -- A couple of the most vocal opponents of the proposed Property Based Improvement District called a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss alternatives to the PBID.

A kind observer of the event as it unfolded might have…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 8, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Heartland Picks A New Chief

The Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, whose jointly managed fire departments make up Heartland Fire & Rescue, have selected Rick Sitta as its new Fire Chief. Sitta…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 7, 2012 at 4:28pm — No Comments

La Mesa Emergency Preparedness

A Night For Preparing, Supporting

LA MESA -- Tonight is National Night Out, an evening for neighborhoods across the city to take stock in its efforts to combat crime. La Mesa, under the leadership of City Council members Mark Arapostathis and Ernie Ewin, have been working to incorporate a…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 7, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

La Mesa Healthcare

Grossmont Doctor Will Judge Baldrige Awards

LA MESA – Dr. Michael Murphy, Chief Medical Officer at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

 Murphy’s appointment was made by Patrick Gallagher, Director…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 6, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

12-year-old Shoots Sister With Dad's Rifle

LA MESA -- Police are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in which a 12-year-old boy used his father's rifle and shot his 17-year-old sister.

Police said that at 9:44 a.m. Monday, a 12 year-old boy called 9-1-1 stating that he had…

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Added by La Mesa Today on August 6, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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