December 2010 La Mesa Blog Posts (42)

The Final Christmas Gift: A Tree Back To The Earth

Christmas trees, including flocked trees, may be recycled in EDCO's yard waste recycling program. Place cut trees in designated yard waste recycling container(s), or bundle tree sections together with twine (maximum 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter) and place on curb. No ornaments, tinsel, nails or stands, please.

Residents can also drop off full trees…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 31, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Who is running whom?

I've been following the big story in New York about the massive blizzard and the city's response. Hmmm. Inside this story, and now becoming THE story, is the labour action taken by their Sanitation employees, those charged with clearing snow from roadways. You following it as well? If not, well, seems leaders of that particular union decided that this was a great time to have a work slow down to protest some of the relatively minor budgetary cutbacks. Not a stoppage or a strike, just a slow…


Added by David Stanley on December 31, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

November Home Sales Rose In State, Sacramento

California - Home sales rose in November compared with October, but were down from the previous year, according to data from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). The statewide median price declined from both the previous month and previous year.


• The median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California fell below the $300,000 mark for the first time since February. The November 2010 median price was…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 30, 2010 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Choosing The First Annual "La Mesan Of The Year''

Civic Leaders and Public Policy Dominated Election Year

LA MESA – In the course of a community’s year, there is always a person who rises to dominate this first draft of history. For good reasons or bad, he or she becomes the story of that year for the town, a literal or metaphoric representation of the best or the worst in all of us.

And so it is in designating the…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Constitutional Rights or political appeasement?

"...all men are created equal ... endowed... with certain unalienable Rights ...Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". Do these words sound familiar? These words are the very foundation of what used to be America, "Land of the free and the brave". Can you tell me what happened?



Added by David Stanley on December 29, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments


LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department just received word from the California Highway Patrol that previously missing adult Robert (Bob) William Olenic and his vehicle have been located Monday evening, in good health, in San Bernardino County. He is no longer considered a missing person.

Olenic, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing by his family earlier today. See earlier story below.


Added by La Mesa Today on December 27, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Police Searching For Missing 90-year-old

LA MESA -- La Mesa Police are looking for a 90-year-old man who suffers from dementia and may have driven off in his own car.

Police said Robert (Bob) William Olenic, who suffers from dementia, was last seen in the 8100 block of Laird Street in La Mesa about 10:30 A.M. Monday. A family member went to check on him at about 1:00 P.M. and noticed Olenic and his car were gone.… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 27, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Help me. I dont understand

Help me. I dont understand. I follow current events and news as closely as possible without heaving and retching and this recurring phrase keeps cropping up: "The American taxpayers will have to tighten their belts, they will all have to make sacrifices". Thats what is stumping me. I recall railing about Bush way back when he ignored the shouts and clamoring of voters to help with the border, to stop the…


Added by David Stanley on December 26, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

Home-buying paralysis? Tips for getting the best deal faster

(Los Angeles Times)

The inventory of homes for sale has increased in recent months, causing some buyers to hesitate before making an offer on a home for fear a better home at a more favorable price will become available.


• Although real estate agents are showing more homes to clients, people still are buying homes, especially first-time buyers. According to the latest figures from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 24, 2010 at 9:12am — No Comments

Sun Returns -- Finally! -- As Clean Up Continues

LA MESA -- The round, shiny thing in the sky above La Mesa, you might remember, is the sun. It was spotted Thursday after what seemed like months of downpours.

All over town, property owners cleaned up minor landslides and cut down trees that fell when the roots could no longer hold in the saturated soils (photo above was shot on Mt. Helix). Power was restored to…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 23, 2010 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment


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GROSSMONT CENTER-- Police investigating a missing person report involving a 19-year-old Bank of America employee said they have located the the woman and she is okay.

Police said the young woman, Sara Rafou, had decided to separate herself from her family. Her… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Woman Assaulted By Stranger In Park

AZTEC PARK -- A woman walking her dog in the park Wednesday evening was grabbed from behind and hit by an unknown assailant.

La Mesa police said the 30-year-old woman was walking in the southeast portion of Aztec Park, which is located in the Baltimore Drive/Lake Murray Boulevard area, when she was grabbed from behind by a man and hit in the right side of the head. Police said the assailant didn't say anything before or after the assault.

A search of the area immediately after the… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 22, 2010 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Police Investigate Mid-Day Robbery On University Avenue

LA MESA -- City police are looking for two men who robbed two other young men on Wednesday just after 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue.

Police said the robbery occurred at the bus bench at 7950 University Avenue, La Mesa. Two male suspects had approached two other males, ages 17 and 18, sitting on the bus bench.

The suspects asked the victims if they wanted to buy drugs. When the victims declined, one of the suspects demanded the victims’ wallet and phones. One suspect pointed to his… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 22, 2010 at 6:25pm — No Comments


FUERTE ROAD -- A moderate mudslide has snarled traffic along Fuerte Drive just west of Lemon Avenue.

Just after 10 a.m., cars were lining up to take turns passing through the one open lane as police and public works officials managed traffic and attempted to clear the lane.

Heavy rains over five days have softened hillsides and created streams where water was not… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 22, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


 I have studied history for the past sixty years or so. I have studied the events of both world wars extensively and each day I see direct and disturbing parallels to the daily events of our country over the past few years. I know the groveling press, whose Constitutional job it is to be the watch dog of government, either fails to see or finds it far too…


Added by David Stanley on December 22, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

Youth Robbed of Cell Phone On University Avenue

WEST UNIVERSITY AVENUE -- La Mesa Police are looking for three robbery suspects who stole a cell phone from a 16-year-old victim as he walked near the Jack in the Box restaurant at 6987 University Avenue Tuesday evening.


Police say the 16 year old male victim was approached at about 5:20 p.m. by three black male juveniles who demanded his cell phone.  One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s phone while the other two kicked and punched him. The suspects were last seen running… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 21, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Politicians Top Ten Promises Gone Wrong

For anyone looking to add a little more fuel to your already angry fire about what our politicians are doing with our money, check out the Fox News Channel (cox 37) on Sunday at 5pm or 8 pm (double check your TV guide for correct times)  for John Stossel's Report on the Top Ten Political Promises and the "unintended consequences" of those promises.  It is a very entertaining and enlightening report which may get you thinking about laws and ordinances our own City Council may want to put into…


Added by David Smyle on December 21, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments


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LA MESA -- Heavy rains continued Wednesday morning and so far storm drains and city crews have managed to keep the water largely at bay.

Greg Humora, La Mesa's head of public works, said crews have been keeping up with the problems so far and there have been no street closures or significant…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Naomi Stein, La Mesa's Music Teacher, Is Missed

LEMON AVENUE – Loss happens in small towns in subtle but profound ways. That is what many long-time La Mesans are feeling since the death, earlier this month, of Naomi Stein.

As deaths go, it could hardly be called sudden. She was 99.

Still, as someone who lived in La Mesa for a large majority of the city’s existence, Miss Stein had managed to build a place in the…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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