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Police Shoot Armed Assailant
LA MESA — A knife-wielding attacker threatened a 13-year-old girl on Fletcher Parkway just before 9 a.m. this morning and was eventually confronted by police and shot twice.
Police said the 34-year-old man charged at officers wielding a machette and was subdued by shots from a La Mesa Police officer in the abdoman and arm. Officers instantly applied first aid and the…Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on May 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments
LA MESA -- The looming return of free running poultry to the single family homes all over the Jewel of the Hills makes this journalist's mind race.
How to gird oneself for such a shift in local culture?
Dog bites man is not news. Man bites…
Utility Says Power Will Resume Near 9 a.m.
LA MESA -- San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting Tuesday morning that power remains out for 1,568 customers on the west side of La Mesa. The utility is estimating that power will be restored by 9 a.m.
Added by Chris Lavin on December 3, 2013 at 7:33am — No Comments
LA MESA -- The two establishments, in some ways, couldn't be more different.
One is the latest incarnation of a very well-financed, time-tested business partnership; the other is the fledgling dream of an immigrant literally acting out the American…Continue
To Young Writers. Reporting and Writing A Long Story
By Chris Lavin
Good writing isn't brain surgery. It's communicating
well, artfully and, always with an understanding of
how the readers can follow your thinking.
My approach to talking to writers about writing longer
stories usually breaks down like this:
A short beginning -- three or four…Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on October 1, 2013 at 6:34pm — No Comments
LA MESA -- La Mesa's long-serving mayor, Art Madrid, was in Sacramento Tuesday evening when his City Council was meeting, but despite the 500 miles it was almost as if Madrid was in the chambers on Allison Avenue.
On a night when there was almost…
Sign Up For Public Safety Alerts
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department issues a weekly bulletin chronicling activities and giving public safety advice to the residents.
This week, response times: Priority 1 Calls: 5 minutes, 20 seconds Non-Urgent Calls: 20-55 minutes
Added by Chris Lavin on July 29, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments
The Former Police Station Land Now Sits Vacant
A Heart Transplant For La Mesa?
LA MESA -- The Village Property Based…Continue
Big Problems, Little Fights
LA MESA -- One way to watch a long City Council meeting is to relate the events you are seeing to classic themes in literature or famous movies. Les Miserables. Tale of…Continue
The Human Jukebox
LA MESA -- As a young college student living, for a time, in London, we would often just walk out into that most walkable city (Look Right!) and stumble across…Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on April 26, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
LA MESA -- Driving east on Lemon Avenue on a recent afternoon,…Continue
Photo above from last year's event.
LA MESA -- Helix Charter High's students are holding a special event for students with disabilities this week.
Here are the details:
WHO: Students from…Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on February 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
LA MESA -- When Sarah Golden and Scott Feldsher moved into a home in the hills…Continue
LA MESA -- The neighbor who alerted firefighters and helped prevent a major catastrophe at the Gingham Restaurant early Sunday has confirmed it was a Village rooster that woke him and helped save the restaurant and the music store next…Continue
LA MESA -- It hasn't been two years since a few local residents began asking for the right to keep chickens in their La Mesa backyards.
The arguments were pretty straightforward: We need the eggs.
The city's elected leadership was pretty sympathetic…Continue
What Sandy Damaged Goes Beyond Buildings
NEW YORK -- To those of us with friends and family still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, these are days in…Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on November 8, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Mulling The Signs Of Our Times
Some political scientist once said that each yard sign is worth 6 to 10 votes for a candidate and that probably has kept the…Continue
LA MESA -- A rainy Sunday morning in this Jewel of the Hills and the national political pundits -- now referred to as a "class" by those who don't like their spin -- are in full throat, reading the latest poll results and churning…Continue