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Crowd Gathers To Boost Legacy Project

LA MESA -- It was a full house Saturday as residents gathered to have a burger and help build a legacy installation in La Mesa Village.

The Centennial Legacy Project conducted day-long raffles and live auctions and added several thousand dollars more to the effort that is moving closer to achieving the $165,000 needed to build the Dominguez family vision of a playful installation that will stand as a reminder of the city's 100th Birthday celebration.

Johnny B's did a steady business all day of burgers, beers and salads with a portion of each sale going to the project. Baskets, musical instruments, classic street signs and art work -- all of it donated by local merchants and professionals -- fueled the day's events. Event chair Aaron Landau and his team collected items from throughout La Mesa to make this a full city-wide event.

Bidding got heated at one point as Dexter Levy and local merchant and Sheriff's employee Jim Wieboldt fought over a Centennial medallion. Wieboldt won. 

But the big attention of the day -- and the highest bid -- was reserved for an original piece of sculpture cast just recently by Jess Dominguez. The 30-pound bronze piece is a miniature of the Helix snail that will be the model for a major part of the Lookout installation to be installed in the La Mesa Boulevard island just east of Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden. The full-size piece will weigh over 300 pounds, but won't be solid like the piece that City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling paid $600 for in Saturday's auction.

"We call him Felix the Helix,'' Dominguez explained as he toured his art work through the event.

The snail's helix-shaped shell is what gave Mt. Helix its name.

Gina Garcia is a Realtor (CalBRE #01704251) and is publisher of To contact her, e-mail or call (619) 818-6982.

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Comment by chris shea on May 5, 2014 at 1:58pm

When Aaron Landau came by my shop asking for donations, I was really happy to help.  My contribution was meagre.  And while I was unable to attend, I thought all day about the involvement of so many people for a beautiful little spot in the Village.  I think it's a swell idea. Congratulations to all the folks who worked so hard.  

Comment by La Mesa Today on May 5, 2014 at 9:18am


Every civic activity comes with risks. It's a test of a community. Let's hope for the best and recognize the good intentions of people willing to work and invest on the community's behalf and see what we can all do to bring about an outcome the organizers hope for. Decades after creating a Vietnam War Memorial, the families behind that effort are nobly working to refurbish and maintain it even as we speak. I'm sure they, like the future maintenance efforts on this "Lookout" installation, would benefit from your efforts too.

Chris Lavin,


Comment by Mark Cavanaugh on May 4, 2014 at 9:51am

We should have a contest on who will guess the correct unintended consequence of this project (besides winning an "onion" award.  At least it wasn't from tax payer dollars.  My guess, the newest sleeping hangout for the homeless upstaging the walkway of the stars.  Option 2 since this will the place where "everyone goes to meet up", a great place for panhandling.

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