September 2011 La Mesa Blog Posts (32)

Crime Watch

Dog Flushes Out Assault Suspect

LA MESA -- Police Friday morning arrested a 51-year-old La Mesa man after a standoff that started with a domestic abuse call.

Police said they responded shortly after 2 a.m. to an assault call in the 5000 block of Thorne Drive. The female victim met officers outside as they arrived. The officers discovered that during…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 30, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments



Oktoberfest Off To A Big Start

LA MESA -- A larger than usual Friday night crowd filled the streets of La Mesa for the kickoff of the city's largest annual event.

With perfect beer-drinking…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Foothills Open Art Gallery for Oktoberfest Evenings

The Foothills Art Gallery will be open from 4-10 pm on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. On Saturday evening local artist Hazel Ross will be doing an oil painting demonstration in the Gallery.

The current show features the work of Emily…


Added by hazel ross on September 29, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

City Council


Preserving The Peace, Respecting Change

LA MESA -- There is an expression in legal circles that says tough cases make bad law; that is the best legal precedents are extracted from…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 28, 2011 at 12:14am — 1 Comment

Oktoberfest Wars

El Cajon Claims "True Oktoberfest"

LA MESA -- It was quiet in downtown La Mesa today, except for the whirring sounds of machines preparing La Mesa Boulevard for the three-day influx of thousands of visitors for the annual Oktoberfest later this week.

But just a bit east of La…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 27, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Perfect Pie Contest

Her Pie Takes The Cake

Patricia Lapiezo of La Mesa took home the first place award at the Karo Perfect Pie Contest at the L.A. County Fair on Saturday. Lapiezo was a first-time Karo pie entrant in the…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 26, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

LIVE Painting Demo at Fall for the Arts!


 Come enjoy the day and watch 



Added by MacStudios on September 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Lions Club

Exchange Program Marks 12th Year

LA MESA -- As it has done for 12 years, the La Mesa Lions Club continued to participate this year in the summertime International Youth Exchange.

Hosted this summer were two high school students from…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 26, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

Crime Watch

Two Robbery Attempts, One Arrest

LA MESA -- Police were called to two trolley-related crime reports Saturday evening -- one ending with a getaway, the other with a scream and an arrest.

At about 8:30 p.m. officers responded to a delayed report of a robbery at the 70th Street Trolley Station, located at 7255 Alvarado Road in the City of La…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Grossmont Center Anniversary

Center Marks 50 By Evoking Its Era Of Origin

GROSSMONT CENTER -- The the last 50 years, Grossmont Center has been the economic engine of La Mesa, if not its symbolic "downtown.''

 On Saturday, it was both.

The shopping center turned back the clock, filling its…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kids Care Fest 2011

Annual Event Draws A Big Crowd Again

BRIERCREST PARK -- An early fog and drizzle quickly gave way to a beautiful day and, as has become the tradition now, the annual Kids Care Fest 2011 attracted a large crowd.

Pony rides and face painting were interspersed with dental hygiene lessons and…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Crime Watch

DUI Sweep Nabs 1

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver License checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning in the 4700 block of 70th St.

• 374 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.

• 23 drivers were taken into the secondary inspection area.

• 6 drivers were further evaluated for driving under the influence of…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments


Group Helps Children of Cancer Victims

East County CLIMB is a 6 week program for children whose parents have cancer and are going through treatment. CLIMB stands for Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery, and when a parent has cancer it affects  all family members. CLIMB is a group where kids get to meet and talk with other kids who are going through the same thing. This helps…


Added by Honor Beyer on September 22, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Restaurant Makeover

Jackson Drive Restaurant Went National

JACKSON DRIVE -- Fans of the Trails Eatery got an inside look at the business magic -- and horrors -- that can lurk behind a seemingly serene restaurant.

The Food Network aired the episode of Restaurant:…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 21, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

McPherson Earns Second Signature


Earning Signature status in a painting society is akin to a PhD in Medicine.

Chuck McPherson has attained his second Signature within four years.

His first in 2010 with the National Watercolor Society and, as of this month,…


Added by MacStudios on September 20, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

Downtown Development: A Special Report

 Charting A Future For La Mesa "Village"

By Chris Lavin, Editor

LA MESA – When the Downtown Village Merchants Association filed its 2010 taxes the IRS form included this routine question: Was the organization a party to a business…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 19, 2011 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

La Mesa Restaurants

Gio's Heading For Another Makeover

LA MESA -- Gio's Bistro and Wine Bar, a dowtown landmark almost from the day it opened in 2007, appears to be headed for a dramatic transformation.

Gabe Giordano, Gio's founder, told a group of fellow La Mesa merchants Thursday night that he…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 15, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Downtown Village Merchants

Downtown Merchants Plot 

A Wine, Art Fest

LA MESA -- The Downtown Village Merchants Association held its regular meeting Thursday evening and…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

La Mesa City Council

Council Says A Farewell, Avoids A Fight

LA MESA -- The City Council returned to action after a summer break, said farewell to its police chief and dodged a…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

City Council

Madrid Wants Ewin Removed From MTS Board

LA MESA -- Animosities that have been roiling largely beneath the waters between Mayor Art Madrid and Council Member Ernie Ewin appear to be erupting as the council returns from its summer break.

On the agenda at Tuesday night's meeting is a proposal to change La Mesa's representative on the Metropolitan Transit Authority…


Added by La Mesa Today on September 12, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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