July 2011 La Mesa Blog Posts (39)

Crime Watch

LA MESA -- Police patrols and helicopters were being used this morning in a search for a missing five-year-old girl who was last seen along El Cajon Boulevard, she's described as a light-skinned black female.

La Mesa Police encourage anyone with information on the missing girl to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

Added by La Mesa Today on July 30, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Back To The '50s Car Show

Car Show Adds A Laser Touch

LA MESA -- The car show continued its summer run Thursday night with a comfortably cool evening, some good music and an added attraction: laser tag in the street.

The new laser game had a slow start but will return…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Property Based Improvement District

PBID Gets Down To Brass Tax

LA MESA -- The group of merchants and property owners working on downtown La Mesa's future took a definitive step Wednesday night in shaping the proposed Property Based Improvement District.

The steering committee voted to raise $378,100 annually by levying fees against the 170 properties and using the money to improve…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Heartland Fire

LA MESA -- An early afternoon report of a strange odor had Heartland Firefighters blocking traffic and quickly searching a block just west of the trolley tracks on La Mesa Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

A ladder truck and other fire fighting equipment was dispatched, but no fire and no source of the odor was detected.

Traffic returned quickly to normal and workouts…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 27, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Of Mockingbirds and Jackhammers

(Sometimes small pieces of writing, like this one, seem to come from out of nowhere.  I think they just waft down from heaven because writing it for me and reading it for you will make our hearts smile a little.)

 I was…


Added by chris shea on July 27, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

La Mesa City Council

Getting Back To Basics

LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council met for almost four hours Tuesday night and, in many ways, it was a night of basic elements: Time, Water, Electricity, Sewer, and Horticulture.



Dr. Sunita Cooke, president of Grossmont…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 26, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Youths Beaten, Robbed At Gunpoint

AMAYA DRIVE -- Police are looking for a group of youths who beat, robbed and threatened the lives of two youths near the Amaya Drive trolley stop Monday night.

 At about 9:30 P.M., police received a report of a robbery that occurred near the Amaya Trolley Station, located at 9100 Amaya Drive. The male victims told…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 26, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

La Mesa Dining

Finding Fine Food In New Places

EL CAJON BOULEVARD – For years, Howard Richardson managed an upscale restaurant in Mission Valley, serving lunches and dinners to a business crowd…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

La Mesa Police Department


LA MESA -- Police Chief Alan Lanning is stepping down as head of the city's police force.

Word began circulating through town today of plans for a September 15 retirement party for the…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 25, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

Beating Victim Suffers Severe Injuries

JACKSON DRIVE -- La Mesa police are looking for potential witnesses to an assault which has left a victim in the hospital suffering from serious head injuries.

Police said that early Saturday at about 1:55 a.m., a 43 year old man was attacked by two unknown suspects in the 5500 hundred block of Jackson Drive, near Rigoberto’s Taco Shop.…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 25, 2011 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

DUI Checkpoint Results: One arrest, 17 Citations

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI and Driver License checkpoint Saturday night along Spring Street and arrested one driver while citing a number of others.

The checkpoint was executed in the 4100 block of Spring Street on Saturday and was operated for six hours.

• 483 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.

• 14…


Added by Chris Lavin on July 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

San Diego Open Soccer Tournament

Continuous Play in La Mesa All Weekend

LA MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL -- La Mesa's youth soccer fields were busy this weekend with teams from all over the Southwest taking part in the San Diego Open AYSO-Matrix Soccer…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 23, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Commission Debates Benefits of Public Restrooms

I'm sorry, but do we need to debate this issue?  I am thinking that if you are a human being, you have at one time or another had to use a public restroom.  This issue has been talked about long enough. Put in the bathroom or do not patronize the businesses that don't have one for you to use.

Added by michele grace hottel on July 22, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Back To The '50s Car Show

Car Show Motoring Along

By Will Lavin

LaMesaToday.com Correspondent

LA MESA -- Another solid week of attendance at La Mesa's Thursday night car show. Crowds were good and organizers were spreading the word of next week's special event: outdoor lazer tag at the…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 21, 2011 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Helix Water District

A Small But Angry Crowd At Water Meeting

LA MESA -- The Helix Water District has about $1.5 billion invested in its system. It has 700 miles of pipeline in the ground, 25 storage tanks, 16,000 valves, and a state-of-the-art water treatment plant.  It also has 11…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

La Mesa Parking Commission

Commission Mulls Seeking Sanctions For Lothian

LA MESA -- Sometime during the Clinton Administration the era of the endless campaign became part of national politics. As subsequent presidents have learned, the next election begins the day after the inaugural balls.

La Mesa may have joined the game this year.



Added by Chris Lavin on July 19, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Fire On The 52

Car Blaze Spreads, Snarls Traffic

MISSION TRAILS SUMMIT -- A car fire on the eastbound lane of the 52 Monday afternoon spread quickly to a nearby hillside and snarled traffic throughout the afternoon. The blaze began shortly before 3 p.m. on the eastern…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Crime Watch

One Arrested After Attempted Robbery

GROSSMONT CENTER -- A shopper at the Grossmont Center was again a target of thieves working that shopping center.

Just after 8:30 Saturday evening, La Mesa police responded to a report of a robbery at the Grossmont Shopping Center.

A 33 year old female victim was talking on her cell phone near the Panda Express, when two juvenile female…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 17, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments

Smyle: Local Leaders and Elected Officials A No Show on the Helix Water Increase

Only a week away from the "Town Hall" public meeting on July 21st from 6-7:30 at the community center about the proposed Helix Water rate increase and our current elected officials and candidates for the upcoming City Council elections are mysteriously silent about the issue.  One would expect our City Council to take a position on the matter like Lemon Grove does and either support or oppose the increase publicly since they are the second or third largest water user in the District but…


Added by David Smyle on July 14, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

East County Arts

Challenged Students Take On Grease

KROC CENTER -- Friday and Saturday at the Kroc Center Theater on University Avenue will be a special time -- a chance for local residents to show…


Added by La Mesa Today on July 14, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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