November 2010 La Mesa Blog Posts (23)

Cosmos Coffee Cafe Changing Hands

LA MESA -- Cosmos Coffee Cafe, since 2004 a central gathering place for La Mesans young and old, is changing hands. Patrick Hoz and Paul Johnson, the two local entrepreneurs who quickly turned the shop into a center for coffee, talk and art, are selling the business and moving on to other ventures. "This was always our plan,'' Johnson said this morning. "We'd build it and sell it. It's time to reinvent ourselves again.''

The new owner, San… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

California Realtors Offer Mortgage Assistance for Unemployed

(DS News)

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently launched a new program that allows home sellers to purchase mortgage protection coverage and offer it as an additional incentive to home buyers who purchase their home.


• The “Home Payment Protection Program” (HPPP) is available through California REALTORS® who offer it to sellers at the time the property is listed. HPPP is optional, is paid for by the seller, and costs… Continue

Added by Gina Garcia on November 26, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

In This Paradise, Much To Be Thankful For

LA MESA -- It is very cold back East. Raining in the South. The Midwest is girding for a deep freeze.

Here, it is sweater weather at worst. The marine layer roles in and gives an excuse to light a fire.

As work stops for a few days, we stroll in sweatsuits, seeing seascape in one direction, majestic mountains in the other.

Even as some of us struggle with the challenges of unemployment and career changes, there is always a reason to give thanks when… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 24, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Council Stops To Honor Pearl Harbor's Survivors

LA MESA -- The City Council turned back time Tuesday to Dec. 7, 1941, when then 17-year-old Jack Evans was in Pearl Harbor, standing watch in the crow's nest of the USS Tennessee.

Evans watched as Japanese planes strafed and bombed, hitting the Tennessee beneath him and sending shrapnel up and into his legs.

Evans, now 86 and living on Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa, was one of more than a dozen Pearl Harbor survivors who… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on November 23, 2010 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

ON LA MESA: Through Haze Into History

LA MESA – A friend once taught me that if you hold a small rock up to your eye, you can’t really tell what it is. As you move it away, you see it for what it is and, eventually, you see it in proper perspective.

And so it is as this month’s election recedes in the rear-view mirror.

Amid the energy and acrimony of the time we make profound choices as a community, it is often hard to see the good in the process. Easier to see are acts of naked ambition, petty jealousies, desperate… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on November 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Refinancing now could be better than waiting for mortgage rates to drop further

(Los Angeles Times)

Mortgage rates on 30-year, fixed rate loans are hovering near the lowest level on record since 1951. While some home buyers are putting their home purchases on hold hoping rates will go even lower, many industry experts are advising homeowners with rates in the upper 4 percent range to refinance.


• Homeowners with rates in the upper four percent range are likely to benefit from refinancing, according to… Continue

Added by Gina Garcia on November 20, 2010 at 6:37pm — No Comments

La Mesa Police Nab Burglary Suspects Caught In Act

WOODLAND DRIVE -- After what seemed like a long series of crimes in which the bad guys always got away, the La Mesa Police Department is on a bit of a roll. For the second time this week, police announced arrests in the kind of crimes that have been making headlines over the last few months.

On Thursday, just after 1 p.m., police responded to a call of two suspects trying to forcibly enter the residence at 4251 Woodland Drive, La Mesa. The suspects removed a screen from one of… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 18, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Rates and Pensions at HWD

Most of us are aware that Helix Water District water rates were recently increased. One reason for the increase is that, like many Special Districts and Cities in this state, HWD employees receive pensions far more generous (and far more costly) than most private sector workers enjoy. Your Board of Directors has chosen to spend your money in an irresponsible and unnecessary way. Negotiations about a new salary and benefit arrangement between the ratepayers and the employees of HWD are about to… Continue

Added by Russell Buckley on November 18, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Suspect In Gas Station Robbery Arrested

LAKE MURRAY -- La Mesa Police announced the arrest of a suspect in the Nov. 13 robbery of the 76 Station on Lake Murray Boulevard

Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night members of the La Mesa Police Department's Special Enforcement Detail Team arrest 34-year-old James Randall goins for the robbery. Goins was arrested at his home in downtown San Diego and was later booked into San Diego County Jail on one count of robbery.

Police originally responded to a report of a robbery at the 76… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 18, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

Motorcycle Officers Convene In La Mesa

LA MESA -- The city Police Department's Traffic Unit was hosting the Countywide Inter-agency Traffic Enforcement Team (CITE Team) throughout Thursday morning.

The CITE team consists of motorcycle traffic enforcement officers from all over the County of San Diego, who meet once a month for the specific purpose of targeting primary collision factors and reducing traffic violations in problem areas.

The goal was to maximize the effective use of police personnel, creating a strong presence…


Added by La Mesa Today on November 18, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Early Morning Robber Hits Lake Murray Station

LAKE MURRAY -- La Mesa police are looking for a man who robbed a service station and food mart at knifepoint at 3:32 A.M. today.

Police responded to a report of a robbery at the 76 Station, located at 6085 Lake Murray Boulevard. The store clerk told police that a white male suspect entered the food mart and posed as a customer.The suspect selected two items from the display racks and approached the cash counter to make a purchase with the clerk. While the clerk was ringing up the items at… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 13, 2010 at 7:57am — No Comments

An Honor For Old Glory On Veteran's Day


Added by La Mesa Today on November 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

La Mesa Police Officers' Association Solicitation

Just today I received the annual solicitation from the La Mesa P.O.A. I cannot help but wondering how many recipients of this same solicitation are going to reach for their checkbook without considering the fact that the L.M.P.O.A. is actually the recognized (by the City of La Mesa) bargaining agent/representative of the Police Department's officers.

So, here's a union, coming to non-members, with hat in hand asking for support? The very same union that is probably at least partially… Continue

Added by Dennis S. Twiss on November 10, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

In Election's Wake, A Symbolic Split

LA MESA -- One sensed during the recent election that if Councilwoman Ruth Sterling's efforts to aid challengers didn't succeed, she would find herself even more estranged from the incumbents on the five member body.

It didn't take long.

At the first post-election meeting, weighing the first substantive - albeit small dollar -- issue, the council split 4-1.

Sterling was the one.

Fresh off an election in which Mayor Art Madrid and council members Mark Arapostathis and Ernie… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 9, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

And You Thought You Had A Bad Day?

A motorist on Jackson Drive, clearly mistook "D" for "R"

Added by La Mesa Today on November 9, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Something Free To Do With Your Free Time

Originally posted by member David Stanley:

Beginning Tuesday, November 2, there will be a gathering of art that is breathtaking. I know. I had a short walk through today and, well, some of these painting have to be seen to be believed. The Foothills Art Association opens its doors once again for it annual Wildlife painting exhibit. Monday all the paintings will be up and judging will begin and the gallery will be closed. I… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on November 7, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

In One Election's Wake, Another Is Born

CITY HALL -- Bleary eyed from a late night, much of La Mesa's political leadership gathered Wednesday evening to hear Jim Wieboldt, a part of Mayor Art Madrid's "kitchen cabinet,'' announce his candidacy for the 2012 City Council race. Wieboldt acknowledged to a crowd of about 30 supporters that he was announcing "early,'' but he said in a speech that the excesses of the recently completed city elections -- races marked by name calling and alleged… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 3, 2010 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Were you watching? Were you listening?

Last week I wrote a comment about "watching and listening". Well, I watched and listened and am torn in two directions. Nationally, the electorate, by and large, stood up and shouted, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking this anymore!" and I look with pride at those patriots. Thinking minds wrested the House from the insanity that has held it for so long. That screeching creature from San Francisco, the nation's hotbed of radicalism, will shortly be hurled from her position as Speaker and I… Continue

Added by David Stanley on November 3, 2010 at 9:34am — No Comments

Wieboldt Takes Aim At Councilwoman Sterling

LA MESA – Even before the final vote totals were tallied in Tuesday’s election, a key supporter of Mayor Art Madrid took aim at one of Madrid’s political opponents.

Jim Wieboldt, a San Diego County Sheriff’s employee and part of Madrid’s kitchen cabinet, filed papers to begin pursuing what he says will be a race against City Council member Ruth Sterling, who would be up for re-election in 2012. Sterling was instrumental in Laura Lothian’s unsuccessful challenge against… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 3, 2010 at 7:15am — 3 Comments

ANALYSIS: Experience Trumped Anti-Incumbent Sentiments

LA MESA – In the end – after weeks of debate and some arguments –voters in the Jewel of the Hills decided to stay the course.

In a year when much of the national politics was dominated by anger and a rejection of incumbents, La Mesa returned to office the mayor who has led it for two decades and two council members who have pursued stability and measured growth.

Still, the leadership that survived a cranky election process comes out the other side still facing the problems… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on November 3, 2010 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

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