La Mesa Today's Blog – September 2010 Archive (17)

Council Meets, Politics Intervenes

By CHRIS LAVIN

Editor


LA MESA – The City Council met Tuesday evening to handle a routine agenda, but in this political season virtually nothing is without drama.

Everything occurs with a backdrop of the coming election and, in fact, this four hour meeting ended in a bizarre exchange between City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling and Mayor Art Madrid that spurred the rest of the council to force the long meeting to a sudden… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 29, 2010 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Kids Had Fun In The Sun

BRIERCREST -- Kids from all over East County gathered in La Mesa's Briercrest Park to have some fun and learn some health lessons. One of the lessons they learned, was that 95-degree heat and full sun is a challenge to everyone's health. But there was plenty of water and enough shade to keep it a lively day for… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Businesses Take Shows On The Road

EL CAJON -- A joint effort of the La Mesa, Santee and El Cajon Chambers of Commerce had entrepreneurs from throughout East County gathering to exchange ideas and promote their business Thursday. Internet entrepreneurs mixed with brick and mortar companies of long standing as all worked hard to keep their companies competitive in a difficult economy.

Mary England, head of the La Mesa Chamber, was present as were many of her members, travel… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Car Explodes, Woman Seriously Injured In Rancho San Diego

RANCHO SAN DIEGO -- Police cordoned off an area of Rancho San Diego just off Fury Lane late today after a car explosion seriously injured a woman and threw her car more than 40 feet.

San Diego Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jan Caldwell (pictured right) said a woman leaving her job at a day care center in a residential area turned the ignition key and the car exploded.

The woman, whose identity was not made immediately public, was flown to the burn unit… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Grossmont High Celebrating A Rich Past

By Catherine Martin Director of Public Affairs & Legislative Relations

Grossmont Union High School District



On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Grossmont High School will mark its 90th Anniversary with a celebration that includes a multi-class reunion and a community picnic in the quad. This will be an opportunity for the Grossmont community and its alumni to share their Grossmont High School memories and to see the wonderful… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 22, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Fire Threatened Homes In Rancho San Diego

RANCHO SAN DIEGO -- Helicopters and firefighters fought a fire that began not long after noon Saturday along a ridgeline on Mt. Miguel. Flames, driven by winds from the west, quickly spreading the fire as firefighters rushed to keep up as it raced through dry hillsides.

Helicopters were picking up water at the Sweetwater Reservoir nearby and, at one point, a helicopter landed unexpectedly along a nearby street. The helicopter was seen flying… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Candidates Gather For First Debate

By CHRIS LAVIN

EDITOR


LA MESA – The candidates for City Council and Mayor appeared together in the first major community forum of the election year and the only real heat of this La Mesa Chamber of Commerce candidate’s night was exchanged between Mayor Art Madrid and his opponent Laura Lothian.

Madrid, a 20-year veteran of the mayor’s office, explained he was angered by Lothian’s campaign calls to “clean house,’’ which he… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

Sun Tacos Celebrates Mexican Independence Day With Giveaway

JACKSON DRIVE -- Sun Tacos, the 24-hour Mexican drive through on Jackson Drive, is the unofficial night and day cafeteria for east La Mesa. On Thursday it became a bit more.

For months now the restaurant has been giving a free raffle ticket out with each order as part of a plan to celebrate Mexican Independence day. Thursday, three La Mesans with a taste for great Mexican food, got more than the tacos they usually order here.

City Councilman Mark Arapostathis arrived to… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 16, 2010 at 5:12pm — 2 Comments

Council Takes A Stand Against Prop. 23

LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council doesn't often take votes on issues that are not directly within the city's control, but it made an exception Tuesday.

Mayor Art Madrid asked the council to voice its opposition to Proposition 23, a proposal on November's ballot that would roll back previous state legislation aimed at addressing environmental energy issues. The proposition, which has the support of some large energy interests, would suspend the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 14, 2010 at 6:29pm — 10 Comments

Armed Robber Hits Denny's on Spring Street

SPRING STREET -- An armed robber flashing a handgun held up the Denny's Restaurant at 10:31 Tuesday night. La Mesa police investigating said the gunman entered the restaurant, located at 4235 Spring Street and demanded cash from the clerk. After receiving the money the man fled the business on foot.

There was no suspect vehicle information available. There were no injuries during the robbery.



The suspect was described as a black adult male, in his early twenties, about 6’, 200… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 8, 2010 at 6:39am — No Comments

New Middle Charter School Opens With 100 Students

JACKSON DRIVE – College Preparatory Middle School, the newest charter school in La Mesa, opened today with 100 students, uniforms, and teachers and, like all schools, a parking lot full of cars on the first day.

School co-director Mitchell Miller said the attendance was not as high as they had originally hoped, but the 100 sixth and seventh graders were enough to get the school off to a good start. The school plans to add an eighth grade next year. So far, the students enrolled… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 7, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Six Questions For Mayor: Incumbent Art Madrid

LA MESA -- Art Madrid has been mayor for 20 years and active in city government for more than a decade before that. He is a retired government affairs specialist. His tenure with the city has involved Madrid with virtually every level of local, regional, state and federal government. He and opponent Laura Lothian were asked to comment on the same issues in this "Six Questions'' feature. His answers:



1. Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 5, 2010 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

Six Questions For Mayor: Challenger Laura Lothian

LA MESA -- Laura Lothian is a realtor who moved to La Mesa several years ago. She has been active in local politics, serving on the Parking Commission and with the La Mesa Historical Society. This is her first run at public office. She answers here the same Six Questions asked of her opponent, Mayor Art Madrid.



Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing challenges facing La Mesa today?

1. Lowering crime. This was Art’s… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 5, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Six Questions For City Council: Ian Shiff

LA MESA -- Ian I. Shiff is a security software executive who is raising two children in his La Mesa home. He is a newcomer to local politics. Like other City Council candidates, Shiff was asked to answer the same six questions. He offered these answers:



Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing challenges facing La Mesa today?

1. Making Changes that WORK. What is good for the city does not seem to be mesh with what is… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 4, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

New Police Station Opens Officially In La Mesa

DOWNTOWN LA MESA -- City officials and guests from around the county were gathered Friday morning amid a beautiful California morning for the official opening of the city's new police station.

Construction on the new police facility began on Sept. 8, 2008. After two years of construction the building is being opened to the public this weekend.

On Friday morning, September 3, 2010 at 9:00 am, there was a ribbon cutting… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 3, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Six Questions For City Council: Kevin D. Rynearson

LA MESA – Kevin D. Rynearson is a newcomer to La Mesa politics. He was born and raised in San Diego County and is currently working on a doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of California at San Diego. His is the fourth installment in “Six Questions,’’ a feature in which each candidate for City Council answers the same questions:

Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing challenges facing La Mesa today?

The three… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 2, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Police Seek Man Who Fled Traffic Stop

LAKE MURRAY -- La Mesa police are searching for a man who fled and eluded police after a traffic stop along Lake Murray Boulevard on Sunday.

Police said they are seeking a Michael Penwell (photo below) who fled from a traffic stop where numerous items of stolen property, narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found. Penwell is described as a white male, 25 years old, blond hair, hazel eyes, 5 foot, 7 inches tall, with a thin build and multiple tattoos. He also has a felony parole warrant… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on September 1, 2010 at 11:29am — No Comments

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