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On the Hunt for Fun!

Posted by Claudia Anne Erickson on February 18, 2021 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

It’s almost been a full year since the Pandemic first shut things down in La Mesa.  We’ve had to resort to online connections and zoom meetings to get by.  While tech has been a lifeline, it’s also led us to more Facebook fights and Twitter wars than we likely could have imagined. Now more than ever, it’s important that we make time to take a break from our devices.  As we look to celebrate the 12th annual National Day of Unplugging here is one fun way to do just that. There are over 30 no-contact, scavenger hunts scheduled to take place in neighborhoods across the globe.  San Diego is leading the way as a model community, collectively unplugging with 5 neighborhoods organizing Little Free Library scavenger hunts on March 6th!

Little Free Libraries (LFLs) have been around since 2009 with over 100,000 registered boxes in 110 countries. They come in all shapes and sizes (tiny boxes with books for the taking) based on the premise of “take a book, leave a book” - making it the world’s largest book sharing program.  With many indoor businesses closed right now, LFLs are thriving as a way to keep the love of reading alive and creating an opportunity to get out of the house in a socially distant way.  

What neighborhoods are having scavenger hunts?

La Mesa, North/South Park, Santee, Clairemont Mesa and Coronado. 


How does the scavenger hunt work?…


La Mesa City Council member endorsed by Gun Owners

Posted by rick griffin on October 28, 2020 at 7:29pm 0 Comments

San Diego Gun Owners PAC endorse

Joel Anderson, Kristine Alessio

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its Voter Guide of endorsements of candidates serving La Mesa residents for the November 3 general election.


SDCGO’s list of endorsed candidates for La Mesa voters includes Joel Anderson, a former State Assemblyman and State Senator, for the San Diego County Board of Supervisor District 2 open seat, as well as Kristine Alessio for La Mesa City Council.


Other East County candidates endorsed by SDCGO include: John Minto, reelection as mayor, City of Santee; Dustin Trotter (District 4), Santee City Council; Phil Ortiz (District 4), Michelle Metschel (District 2), El Cajon City Council; Jim Miller (Area 5), Cajon Valley Union School District: Bartek Murawski (District 3), Jordan Gascon (District 4), Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; James Sly (District 2), Padre Dam Water District.


Anderson, who lives in Alpine, is hoping to succeed Dianne Jacob, who has served for the past 28 years. Jacob, first elected as Supervisor in 1992, is termed out after six terms. The Second Supervisorial District, the largest of the county’s five districts, features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities in the East County, including the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian along with the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the city of San Diego communities of Allied Gardens, College…


East County Realtors Group Endorses Three La Mesa City Council Candidates

Posted by rick griffin on October 30, 2020 at 10:36am 0 Comments

East County Realtors Group Endorses

Three La Mesa City Council Candidates

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 3,100-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors, has announced its November 2020 General Election Voter Guide featuring endorsements of three candidates for La Mesa City Council. PSAR’s endorsed candidates for La Mesa include Laura Lothian, along with incumbents Kristine Alessio and Colin Parent.


PSARs list of endorsed candidates also includes an open seat for Congress, two open seats for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and candidates for mayor in two San Diego County cities plus 11 other candidates for seats on local city councils in five other cities, as well as candidates for city attorney, school district and special district seats.


PSAR is endorsing Sara Jacobs for the 53rd Congressional District. Jacobs is hoping to succeed Susan Davis, who retired after 20 years of service in the House. This is Jacobs’ second run for Congress for Jacobs, the granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs. She ran in the 49th District in 2018 but came in third in the primary.


The 53rd District did not exist when Davis was first elected in 2000, when it was the 49th District covering coastal areas. In 2003, it was redistricted as the 53rd and then, after the 2010 Census, its boundaries shifted eastward and south. No longer coastal, the 53rd stretches from Interstate 5 on the west through Mission Valley to La Mesa and south to Chula Vista.


Both San Diego County Supervisor seats are open due to term limits for the incumbents. The endorsed Supervisorial candidates include Joel Anderson, former State Assemblyman and State…


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Posted by rick griffin on August 31, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

PAC Sends Flowers To La Mesa Police

LA MESA -- The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights in San Diego County, was ready with 90 fresh-flower arrangements, including 65 centerpieces and 25 wrapped bouquets, for its Second Amendment Celebration Dinner, an annual fundraiser benefiting Second Amendment advocacy.

 Unfortunately, the date for the dinner, the PAC’s fifth annual, was changed due to Covid-related concerns from Aug. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 3.

 So, what happened to the flowers? SDCGO officials decided to donate the flowers to first responders throughout San Diego County, including offices of the La Mesa Police Dept., La Mesa Fire Dept. and San Diego County Sheriffs Dept. Flowers were dropped off by SDCGO staff members Wendy Hauffen and Desire Bergman. Flowers were ordered from Christine Winchel of Christine’s Floral Designs of Santee.

 “Because of the coronavirus impact to the flower industry, we had to special-order flowers for our dinner several months in advance,” said Hauffen. “When the event date changed at the last minute, we decided to still receive delivery of the fresh flowers and then donate the beautiful arrangements to first responders as an expression of our appreciation for their service.”

 The dinner will be held in October at the same venue planned for the August date, the Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Mission Valley, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. The dinner on Aug. 15 was planned to be held outside at the Town and Country Hotel, according to Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO.

 “With an outdoor dinner, we were confident that we would be in…


La Mesa Village Celebrates National Day of Unplugging at the Market!

Posted by Claudia Anne Erickson on February 26, 2020 at 10:08pm 0 Comments

La Mesa may host a wild Oktoberfest but it is gaining a reputation for its colorful weekly Farmers Market where life slows down and the community comes alive. Every Friday afternoon, kids come to search for Rodney Rooster (a stuffed rooster, that hides in a different vendor booth each week).  If they spot him, they get a small prize.  Kids also get to be Adventure Tasters, trying new things at the market and can play in a tent known as “Fort night Friday” or make nature crafts. The weekly kid count (Rodney’s followers - aka his “Peeps”) has grown from 15 to over 70 in 3 months. “The idea took off immediately” says Claudia Erickson, Founder of the Unplugged Village, who runs the weekly events. What was going to be a one time a month deal, turned into a weekly occurrence as kids were so excited and the community got behind it. “It’s a simple idea. This is a safe place where kids can be unplugged, run around and have a little adventure each week.”

The idea may be simple, but the impact is great. Shy kids like, San Diego resident, Alphie might ordinarily be found sitting on a couch face downplaying with an iPad. Many kids who are shy or struggling with issues are crippled even more by technology (admittedly the easiest pacifier). And it’s not only introverts who are hurt by how much technology pervades our lives. Overuse of technology is a growing concern for families all over the world. Alphie is one of the lucky ones. Her parents take care to really limit her technology and get her out into the community where she has the opportunity to expand her experiences, try new foods, make friends and develop social skills. Alphie lives near the La Mesa Village so the family has a routine of walking to the market each week where she talks to farmers who tell her “I know what you’re looking for today!”. Her parents say…


Realtors' association endorsements for County Supervisor seats

Posted by rick griffin on February 21, 2020 at 10:56am 0 Comments

Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors

Endorses Two County Board of Supervisor Candidates

for March 3rd Primary Election

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 3,100-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, has announced its endorsement of two San Diego County Board of Supervisor candidates for the March 3 primary election.


The Supervisorial candidates include Alpine resident Joel Anderson, a former State Assemblyman and State Senator, for the District 2 seat, and Rafael Castellanos, a San Diego Port Commissioner, for the District 1 seat.


Both seats are open due to term limits for the incumbents. A number of other candidates are in the races for a seat as a County Supervisor. The top two vote-getters in the primary election for each seat will advance to the November runoff.


According to PSAR, research was completed on the two candidates’ voting record and public comments relating to preserving and protecting property rights and supporting public policies and initiatives that promote participation in the American dream of homeownership and property investment, as well as strengthening the ability of Americans to own, buy and sell real property. The endorsements were approved by members of the PSAR Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors.


Anderson, a Republican, is hoping to succeed Dianne Jacob, who has served for the past 28 years. Jacob, first elected as Supervisor in 1992, is termed out after six terms. The Second Supervisorial District, the largest of the county’s five districts, features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and…


20 poses in 20 days to start 2020

Posted by Nick Smith on December 31, 2019 at 8:11am 0 Comments

Join the Tranquil Earth Yoga challenge! This is happening on Instagram for prizes, but you can follow for fun too!!!, and/or  you can participate in Studio!!!

Have you set your 2020 goals in place? Are you still looking for something to dive into 2020 with while having fun?

Join the Tranquil Earth Yoga challenge on Instagram ( IG ). All you have (actually get to do :-)) is 20 poses in 20 days to start 2020 (follow #20asanasof2020 and see rules below)!

All this talk of a New year is buzzing with excitement. Can you do it? Can you commit? Absolutely! Join the fun through instagram and in person at Tranquil Earth Yoga Studio!

Here is a linK:

Tranquil Earth Yoga
8693 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA. 91942
(619) 713 -6234

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Posted by Nick Smith on December 30, 2019 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Gift of Tranquility and Peace

Tranquility in itself means; ” stillness”, the quality or the state of being free from agitation of mind or spirit. Words like: calm, serenity, peace, silence, untroubled, and placid are only some synonyms that combine within it’s very definition. The act of Finding, seeking or obtaining Peace is not an easy task for anyone. Peace is a life journey that carries many lessons. Throughout this holiday season we will all be in the midst of chaos one time or another. It is so very important to consider others and where they may be in there day or even within their life when you encounter them at the worst. Holidays can change gratitude to bitterness as the days go on when they are meant to bring a sense of unity. Holidays are a balance between union of  within ourselves as we counterbalance tranquility and agitation.

Yoga teaches to steady the balance within actions and words, it shows us how to find and utilize the pockets of space to just breathe. Tranquility is not silence that surrounds us, but rather the silence within or inner self at the times when we want to react. Tranquility to me means finding the moments of beauty to replace the moments of turmoil or having the ability to turn instability into stabilized.  What if just one person gave this gift of tranquility, a gift of stillness? What does that mean to you and what exactly does it mean to give it as a gift? Explore this journey with us and encompass the calm side of your true self as an offering.

Welcome To Tranquil Earth Yoga Studio - Crys and Nick

Who is Hiding at the La Mesa Village Farmers Market?!?

Posted by Claudia Anne Erickson on December 15, 2019 at 5:20pm 0 Comments

In recent months, a tiny stuffed rooster has been on the loose at the La Mesa Village Farmers Market. If you haven't heard about the Unplugged Village or the Search for Rodney Rooster yet you are seriously missing out. Each Friday, Rodney can be found hiding in a different vendor booth each week. Once kids spot him, they can stop at the Unplugged Village booth (across from Curbside Eatery) for a prize.

It's been almost 2 months since starting up the booth in the Village and due to a little bit of Rodney mania, it was decided that this should be a weekly, rather than once a month, occurrence. Most weeks there is a craft and also a scavenger hunt sheet. In the future we will roll out "Adventure Tasters" where kids can try some new items. While kids are taking a break from screens and having fun, parents can revel in the fact that in a short period of time you can accomplish several things on your never ending parenting task list. You can shop for delicious organic produce (with a happy kiddo along) and increase the chances that they will try some of these items. You are getting exercise, reconnecting after a busy week, supporting local business, meeting a farmer or two, and most importantly...having some fun! Rodney is always looking for new peeps so we hope you will come out and try to find him!

This week there is even more holiday fun as we will make letters to Santa, snow flakes to hang at home or you can help color a Santa's Workshop fort (our version of "Fort Night Friday"). The fort will be raffled off at the end of the night for one lucky kid to take home. Kids can even get an old school mailed letter from Rodney himself. Ironically, we have to be a LITTLE social for marketing…


Coldwell Banker West, with La Mesa office, merges with Ascent Real Estate

Posted by rick griffin on November 29, 2019 at 2:21pm 0 Comments

Coldwell Banker West, with La Mesa office,

merges with Ascent Real Estate,

creating one of San Diego’s largest brokerages:

15 offices, 1,000 sales agents, $2.5 billion annual sales volume

Coldwell Banker West (CBW), one of San Diego County’s largest real estate brokerages with an office in La Mesa, has announced a merger with San Diego-based Ascent Real Estate. The merger was jointly announced by Peter Mendiola, CBW president, and Penny Nathan, president/CEO of Ascent, who will become a partner of CBW. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


The merger is believed to be one of the largest in recent San Diego real estate industry history, according to Mendiola.


The combined brokerage, to be called Coldwell Banker West, with 15 offices and nearly 1,000 sales agents, becomes one of the largest real estate companies in all of San Diego County.


The newly expanded CBW is expected to represent annual property sale volume exceeding $2.5 billion. CBW officials said sales volume in 2018 reached about $1.5 billion for CBW and about $850 million for Ascent.


“This merger creates an even larger powerhouse for Coldwell Banker, the most dominant brand for real estate in San Diego County,” said Mendiola. “We are very excited that, with this merger, CBW will continue to provide the personal and local support that agents and their clients demand, while providing the resources afforded to a powerful, nationwide brand with a massive local presence. We are committed to ensuring that all homebuyers and sellers receive the best service imaginable and our agents are afforded every…


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