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La Mesa Crime News

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on May 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

On La Mesa: Chicken News

Mulling The Chicken Renaissance

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on February 21, 2014 at 4:49pm — 6 Comments

La Mesa Power Out

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

On La Mesa: Chris Lavin

New Restaurants, New Jobs

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on November 6, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

On Writing

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on October 1, 2013 at 6:34pm — No Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Lavin

The Campaign To Rein In Madrid Continues

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on August 13, 2013 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Weekly Crime Report


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

Case Highlights:…


Added by Chris Lavin on July 29, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Lavin

The Former Police Station Land Now Sits Vacant

 A Heart Transplant For La Mesa?

LA MESA -- The Village Property Based…


Added by Chris Lavin on July 28, 2013 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

La Mesa City Council

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on June 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Lavin

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on June 22, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

On La Mesa: Art Promotion

Morgan Turner: The Art Of Making Art

LA MESA -- Anyone who has ever done anything in the art world will tell you that getting that first break is difficult. The qualities that…


Added by Chris Lavin on April 26, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

On La Mesa: School Zones

Watching The Daily Fire Drills

LA MESA -- Driving east on Lemon Avenue on a recent afternoon,…


Added by Chris Lavin on March 21, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Helix Charter High School

Champions Come From Challenged Students

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on February 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

On La Mesa: After The Centennial

Agenda for a Second Century

LA MESA -- When Sarah Golden and Scott Feldsher moved into a home in the hills…


Added by Chris Lavin on February 8, 2013 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Gingham Neighbor Crowing About Hero Rooster

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on December 11, 2012 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

On La Mesa

Free Range Thinking

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on December 10, 2012 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

A Letter From New York

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on November 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

On La Mesa

Just The Right Recipe For Higher Ed

GROSSMONT COLLEGE -- In the wake of victories for both Propositions 30 and V, it was probably natural to see a party taking shape…


Added by Chris Lavin on November 8, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On La Mesa

Mulling The Signs Of Our Times

LA MESA -- Political lawn signs have a long history and it is certain that no persuasive argument will make them go away.

Some political scientist once said that each yard sign is worth 6 to 10 votes for a candidate and that probably has kept the…


Added by Chris Lavin on October 30, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

On La Mesa

Spinning The Council Race. . . (Sort Of)

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…


Added by Chris Lavin on October 21, 2012 at 11:19am — 2 Comments

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