La Mesa Today's Blog – October 2010 Archive (22)

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Added by La Mesa Today on October 31, 2010 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Elevator Structure Is Rising At Grossmont

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GROSSMONT -- The elevator structure that will eventually eliminate the Everest-like climb from the Grossmont trolley stop to the nearby mall is rising. Completion is still a year away, but new artist's renditions of its final appearance are surfacing. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, city officials… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 26, 2010 at 10:23pm — 2 Comments

The Measured Calm Before The Election Storm

By Chris Lavin


LA MESA – Tuesday’s City Council meeting felt a little like the last class before a tough final exam.

The professor and students are there, but their minds were clearly more on the big test to come.

In the last meeting before next Tuesday’s election, the City Council incumbents took the opportunity on the cable broadcast to make a few points about their records and clear up a rumor or two that have surfaced at election forums. And some of the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 26, 2010 at 10:00pm — 25 Comments

Baskin-Robbins Robbed At Gunpoint

LA MESA BOULEVARD -- Two robbers, one armed with a handgun, hit the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store just after 9 p.m. Monday night.

Police said the two suspects entered the business at 8807 La Mesa Boulevard and one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the employees and ordered them to the ground. The suspect went behind the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money from the the cash register.

Polie said only the employees were in the business at the time of the robbery and no… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 26, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Home Tour Draws More Than 300



GROSSMONT COLONY – The La Mesa Historical Society's Annual Home Tour increased attendance this year, drawing more than 300 participants who toured five homes in the Grossmont Colony area.

Organizers said attendance increased over last year and many arrived earlier than ever to ride the Old Town Trolley system set up to ferry the customers.

Pictures of the event's organization point at the La Mesa Women's Club building… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 23, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

A Symbolic Start For A New School Already In Stride

JACKSON DRIVE -- It has been a few weeks since school began at the new College Prepatory Middle School on Jackson Drive. Enrollment is approaching 100 and the school's clean but modest hallways -- located in a church basement -- are lined with poems and drawings.

Students wearing uniforms gallop through the classrooms. And on this rainy Tuesday, all activity stops in the early evening as teachers, administrators and civic leaders gather to… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 20, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

An Evening Of Investing In Grossmont College's Future

BARONA RESORT – More than 300 supporters of the Grossmont College Foundation gathered at the Barona Resort Convention Center Saturday night and raised more than $100,000 to support scholarships and programs at the college.

Civic and education leaders were among the guests, including much of the leadership of the Community College District as well as local political leaders. La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and Grossmont President Sunita V. Cooke attended. City Councilman… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 17, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Lake Murray Store Robbed Today

LAKE MURRAY BLVD. -- On October 15, 2010 at 3:33 PM, a lone suspect entered the Check N Go store at 5634 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa. The suspect demanded cash from the clerk, but did not display a weapon. The clerk gave the robber an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect ran away.

The robber got into a black Nissan Titan and drove away. A search of the surrounding area with the assistance of ASTREA proved negative. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Private Moment For An East County Family



Mt. HELIX – Among the daily life of La Mesa and East County, there are the usual events that get the attention of the news – usually police, fire and politicians are involved. But there is the quiet life of our town that makes it a great place to live.

On Friday, part of that private life actually occurred on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum on the downtown waterfront. There, amid a misty morning, a family that has lived just down the east… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 15, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Arrest in Fletcher Parkway Burglaries

FLETCHER PARKWAY -- A man turned himself in today for three burglaries that occurred on Monday, October 11, 2010 in the area of Fletcher Parkway and Jackson Drive. Warner Graves, 47 years old, of San Diego, turned himself in at the downtown San Diego Police Department at about 10:00 AM, after a person close to him saw his photo on various news agencies identifying him as a burglary suspect. La Mesa Police Detectives interviewed Graves then arrested him for the three burglaries; La Mesa Paint… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 14, 2010 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

Accident Causes Minor Injuries on Jackson

JACKSON DRIVE -- Police, fire and medical personnel responded to a two car accident on Jackson Drive just north of Lemon Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Fire officials said there were minor injuries in the accident, which triggered airbags in the car that was struck on its side.

Added by La Mesa Today on October 13, 2010 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Police Chief Shares His Take On La Mesa Crime



LA MESA – If the challengers for the mayor or city council races are to successfully make crime a campaign issue, it quickly became clear Tuesday night that they would have to do it without help from the current police chief.

In a lengthy presentation that, at times, seemed almost scripted, Mayor Art Madrid and three of the four current council members led Police Chief Al Lanning through an explanation of recent crime statistics that will… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 9:36pm — 3 Comments

Touring India: Bri Dugan On Sensory Overload

Third installment in a series from member Bri Dugan.

By Bri Dugan

I'm in the state of Kerala right now. It's located in the Southwestern part of the country. I visited the famous backwaters in Allepey for a couple nights which was a highlight. We rented a houseboat for two nights and spent the days exploring the backwaters and observing how people live on the river. People's whole lives depend upon the river and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Grossmont College In Renovation Mode

At Grossmont College in El Cajon, the interiors of the Griffin Student Center and the Administration/Student Services Building are being demolished. Following remodeling, the two buildings are scheduled to reopen in January 2012. The Proposition R bond measure approved by East County voters in November 2002 is financing the construction. Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke is sitting in a front-loader in the same location as her previous office… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 12, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Citizens Gather To Learn About All Things Green

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HARRY GRIFFEN PARK -- The steady flow of residents to La Mesa's Environmental Sustainability Fair on Saturday was more proof that going green is going mainstream.

Residents saw presentations from solar stove operators, graywater managers and master gardeners prosyletizing about local food sources… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa Crime: Long Term Down, Short Term Up

LA MESA -- The mid-year crime statistics compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) were released recently and the statistics will undoubtedly be used by all the candidates for La Mesa seats.

Overall, violent crimes and property crimes, continued a general downward trend throughout the county, hitting ten year lows in these major categories county-wide. In La Mesa, overall crime was down 9 percent since 2006, but had an uptick between 2009 and 2010.

Candidates… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 8, 2010 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Rolando Elementary Walks Through The Rain

WEST LA MESA -- The unseasonable rain sent many of the students who considered walking to school today back into their cars througout La Mesa, but not among the hearty students of Rolando Elementary School. Steve South, president and CEO, of EDCo Waste & REcycling Services (photographed below), donated hundreds of yellow shirts to the Rolando school and he braved the weather as well to watch the students stroll in from throughout… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Grossmont Art Faculty Showing Its Own

GROSSMONT COLLEGE -- Artwork created by faculty members of the Grossmont College Art Department will be on display through Oct. 28 at the college’s Hyde Art Gallery, located on campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition of approximately 55 pieces from 29 different art department instructors. According to Ben Aubert, Hyde Art Gallery curator, the exhibition represents the various disciplines that exist within the Grossmont College… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 5, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Candidate Forum Goes To Church



LA MESA -- Candidates for City Council and Mayor met again Monday night for another forum, this one featuring not so subtle reminders to the candidates that the La Mesa First United Methodist Church cares deeply about issues of homelessness, senior and youth needs and the lack of affordable housing.

On this night, on these subjects, the candidates shared largely similar views. Though challenger Ian Shiff's idea of having young learning… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Walk To School Day Will Fill La Mesa Streets Wednesday

LA MESA -- This Wednesday, students throughout La Mesa will get a chance to walk to school -- guaranteeing they will have at least one chance to tell their grandchildren about long treks they made to school each day.

But that's not the real point of the day.

Encouraging physical activity and reducing traffic around schools is the impetus for schools in La Mesa to participate in the International Walk to School Day on… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on October 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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