Car Show Taking A Vacation 

LA MESA -- The annual Back to the '50s car show is the latest victim of the La Mesa Boulevard streetscape project.

John Vigil, executive director of the La Mesa Village Merchants Association,  said construction on the section of the street between Spring and Fourth Streets will require that the Thursday night car gatherings will have to be put off for a year.

"You can't have a cruising show when you can't cruise the street,'' Vigil said.

Vigil said the merchants may add an antique car element to the annual Antique Street Faire this year, but the regular weekly shows just can be accommodated this year.

The car show has been a regular feature of summers in La Mesa for years now, but even last year, when only sections of the street were under construction, the barriers and sidewalk closings did make the event more difficult. This year construction is scheduled for areas that held the event music and announcement areas, Vigil noted.

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Comment by Jim Wieboldt on June 4, 2015 at 9:20am
Mr. Vigil just doesn't get it! It's not about's about paying your "PAST DUE" bill with the City of La Mesa.

The La Mesa Village Merchants Association (LMVMA) is financially insolvent but would lead the readers to believe that the Downtown Street Improvement Project was the reason the Car Show was cancelled. Mr. Vigil has been a car show opponent for more than ten years.

ALL events that the LMVMA wants to sponsor, that require city approval, should be halted until the LMVMA pays the past due portion in full to the city, and provides updated financials showing the LMVMA to be a "VIABLE" non profit entity.

Comment by Gary Ferguson on May 27, 2015 at 1:13pm

Whilst the streetscape is a great idea, I can;t help but feel La Mesa missed an opportunity to really do something great. Ideally La Mesa blvd north of the tracks should have been made a 1 way street, the sidewalks broadened and more space made for people, bicycles and the like, whilst still having the same amount of parkting. After viewing these kind of spaces around the world and imagining the potential there is in La Mesa,  I think the opportunity was missed. Maybe next time....

Comment by stacey walsh on May 27, 2015 at 9:13am
As a 15 year resident we have found oktoberfest to be simply a swap meet with a beer garden. There is nothing authentic about this venue. This event needs to be professional run and managed.
Comment by Marie McLaughlin on May 26, 2015 at 1:01pm

The article suggests an Antique Street Faire is anticipated in 2015, but that event has also been cancelled for this year because of the streetscape project along La Mesa Blvd.  According to disseminated information, a bigger, better Street Faire is in the works for 2016.

Comment by Lisa Moore on May 26, 2015 at 9:09am

That's a shame, but understandable :-(   The streetscape better be  fabulous as there has been lots of disruption for way too long!!!

Comment by chris shea on May 26, 2015 at 7:24am
When the entire project is finished I think it will have been worth the wait. The new sidewalks, lighting, benches and trees will be the perfect setting for these gorgeous cars next year.

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