LA MESA – A dozen or so La Mesans showed up at Wednesday night’s candidates forum sporting tiaras, a symbolic protest to a comment Mayor Art Madrid made in an earlier campaign exchange. But as political theater goes, the tiara affair didn’t stir much heat in the events that followed.
For two hours, Madrid and challenger Laura Lothian as well as four of the five candidates for two council seats continued a now-repetitious dialogue… Continue
By CHRIS LAVIN
LA MESA – The City Council met Tuesday evening to handle a routine agenda, but in this political season virtually nothing is without drama.
Everything occurs with a backdrop of the coming election and, in fact, this four hour meeting ended in a bizarre exchange between City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling and Mayor Art Madrid that spurred the rest of the council to force the long meeting to a sudden… Continue
By CHRIS LAVIN
LA MESA – The race for mayor of La Mesa is heating up – literally and metaphorically – and is revealing some bitter fault lines within local politics.
On Saturday morning supporters of challenger Laura Lothian were crowding into her La Mesa Boulevard office, stocking up on lawn signs and getting what might be described as spiritual guidance from one of Mayor Art Madrid’s most consistent critics.
City Councilwoman Ruth Sterling… Continue
BRIERCREST -- Kids from all over East County gathered in La Mesa's Briercrest Park to have some fun and learn some health lessons. One of the lessons they learned, was that 95-degree heat and full sun is a challenge to everyone's health. But there was plenty of water and enough shade to keep it a lively day for… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 25, 2010 at 2:30pm —
LA MESA -- The City of La Mesa will again host the annual Oktoberfest event sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants’ Association. The event days and hours are:
Friday, October 1st 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 2nd 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3rd 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The five block section of La Mesa Boulevard from Acacia Avenue to 4th Street, and eastbound… Continue
Added by Chris Lavin on September 25, 2010 at 7:30am —
I finally found time in my travels to write! We landed in Mumbai last week and hung out there for four days. It wasn't anything too exciting. It's loud, hectic, and stinky...basically the same as any other big city in a developing country. The Ganesha Festival was going on right when we arrived and there were shrines built all over the city. Every night people were dancing and playing music in the streets so it was really fun to… Continue
Hello, from Foothills Art Association. Some art functions are coming up real soon so wanted to let everyone know ahead of time to afford you plenty of time to swing buy and look at the great stuff.
First- OCTOBERFEST!!!!!! Yep, that time of year again. You've seen the posters, flyers and signs all about the village and, no doubt, everyone is planning to attend. Well, this year Porter Hall wants to participate as well. Now you remember the little building there on the corner of… Continue
EL CAJON -- A joint effort of the La Mesa, Santee and El Cajon Chambers of Commerce had entrepreneurs from throughout East County gathering to exchange ideas and promote their business Thursday. Internet entrepreneurs mixed with brick and mortar companies of long standing as all worked hard to keep their companies competitive in a difficult economy.
Mary England, head of the La Mesa Chamber, was present as were many of her members, travel… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 23, 2010 at 7:30pm —
RANCHO SAN DIEGO -- Police cordoned off an area of Rancho San Diego just off Fury Lane late today after a car explosion seriously injured a woman and threw her car more than 40 feet.
San Diego Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jan Caldwell (pictured right) said a woman leaving her job at a day care center in a residential area turned the ignition key and the car exploded.
The woman, whose identity was not made immediately public, was flown to the burn unit… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 23, 2010 at 7:30pm —
By Catherine Martin Director of Public Affairs & Legislative Relations
Grossmont Union High School District
On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Grossmont High School will mark its 90th Anniversary with a celebration that includes a multi-class reunion and a community picnic in the quad. This will be an opportunity for the Grossmont community and its alumni to share their Grossmont High School memories and to see the wonderful… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 22, 2010 at 7:30pm —
RANCHO SAN DIEGO -- Helicopters and firefighters fought a fire that began not long after noon Saturday along a ridgeline on Mt. Miguel. Flames, driven by winds from the west, quickly spreading the fire as firefighters rushed to keep up as it raced through dry hillsides.
Helicopters were picking up water at the Sweetwater Reservoir nearby and, at one point, a helicopter landed unexpectedly along a nearby street. The helicopter was seen flying… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 18, 2010 at 2:00pm —
By CHRIS LAVIN
LA MESA – The candidates for City Council and Mayor appeared together in the first major community forum of the election year and the only real heat of this La Mesa Chamber of Commerce candidate’s night was exchanged between Mayor Art Madrid and his opponent Laura Lothian.
Madrid, a 20-year veteran of the mayor’s office, explained he was angered by Lothian’s campaign calls to “clean house,’’ which he… Continue
JACKSON DRIVE -- Sun Tacos, the 24-hour Mexican drive through on Jackson Drive, is the unofficial night and day cafeteria for east La Mesa. On Thursday it became a bit more.
For months now the restaurant has been giving a free raffle ticket out with each order as part of a plan to celebrate Mexican Independence day. Thursday, three La Mesans with a taste for great Mexican food, got more than the tacos they usually order here.
City Councilman Mark Arapostathis arrived to… Continue
LA MESA -- We at LaMesaToday.com usually let the big national stories go by, leaving them to the New York Times while we focus on all things La Mesa.
But every once in a while the national spotlight shines its light on the Jewel of the Hills and we are forced to acknowledge our place in the nation.
This week offered one of those moments. Reggie Bush, arguably the best athlete to ever come from this town, returned the Heisman Trophy he won as a star with the Trojans of… Continue
LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council doesn't often take votes on issues that are not directly within the city's control, but it made an exception Tuesday.
Mayor Art Madrid asked the council to voice its opposition to Proposition 23, a proposal on November's ballot that would roll back previous state legislation aimed at addressing environmental energy issues. The proposition, which has the support of some large energy interests, would suspend the… Continue
Sometimes, when you're just strolling along, really doing nothing, you happen on to an art gallery. You know, one of those places where a lady is formally dressed and seems pretty haughty. You stroll about through all the beautiful paintings, bearing four digit price tags and think, "Hmmm. This would nice here or perhaps there but whew!".
Well, that's not the case for the paintings for sale at Porter Hall, home of the Foothills Art Association. Our gallery is not just for exhibit… Continue
Added by David Stanley on September 9, 2010 at 4:31pm —
SPRING STREET -- An armed robber flashing a handgun held up the Denny's Restaurant at 10:31 Tuesday night. La Mesa police investigating said the gunman entered the restaurant, located at 4235 Spring Street and demanded cash from the clerk. After receiving the money the man fled the business on foot.
There was no suspect vehicle information available. There were no injuries during the robbery.
The suspect was described as a black adult male, in his early twenties, about 6’, 200… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 8, 2010 at 6:39am —
JACKSON DRIVE – College Preparatory Middle School, the newest charter school in La Mesa, opened today with 100 students, uniforms, and teachers and, like all schools, a parking lot full of cars on the first day.
School co-director Mitchell Miller said the attendance was not as high as they had originally hoped, but the 100 sixth and seventh graders were enough to get the school off to a good start. The school plans to add an eighth grade next year. So far, the students enrolled… Continue
Added by La Mesa Today on September 7, 2010 at 11:00am —
LA MESA -- Art Madrid has been mayor for 20 years and active in city government for more than a decade before that. He is a retired government affairs specialist. His tenure with the city has involved Madrid with virtually every level of local, regional, state and federal government. He and opponent Laura Lothian were asked to comment on the same issues in this "Six Questions'' feature. His answers:
1. Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing…Continue
LA MESA -- Laura Lothian is a realtor who moved to La Mesa several years ago. She has been active in local politics, serving on the Parking Commission and with the La Mesa Historical Society. This is her first run at public office. She answers here the same Six Questions asked of her opponent, Mayor Art Madrid.
Question 1: Could you please list what you consider to be the three most pressing challenges facing La Mesa today?
1. Lowering crime. This was Art’s… Continue