All La Mesa Blog Posts Tagged 'City of La Mesa' (119)



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

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 Government

City: Blackout Taught Some Lessons

LA MESA -- As soon as La Mesa city officials realized the power outage last Thursday was not going to be short lived, they opened the city's emergency command center and began executing plans put in place to handle crisis situations.

Outside, MTS trolleys had blocked the Allison Avenue crossing and articulated…


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

Property Based Improvement District

 PBID Proposal Heading To Owners

LA MESA -- After months of picking over details, property lines, assessments and services, the steering committee for the proposed Property Based…


Added by La Mesa Today on August 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa History

Celebrating La Mesa's Early Brush With Hollywood

LA MESA – The La Mesa Historical Society is getting a head start on the city’s centennial celebrations with an August weekend intended to memorialize the city’s unique role in…


Added by La Mesa Today on August 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Park Station Project

Environmental Report Slowing Park Station

LA MESA – When the Kitzman family first approached the City of La Mesa with a proposal for the ambitious Park Station project, everyone…


Added by La Mesa Today on May 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Downtown Development

Chamber To Go Its Own Way On Oktoberfest

LA MESA – On Monday night, members of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce informed the La Mesa Village Merchants Association that it planned to file for its own permit for its portion of the annual Oktoberfest event this…


Added by La Mesa Today on May 3, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

La Mesa Business

New Wedding, Event Shop Blooms In Downtown

LA MESA -- One of the great elements of downtown La Mesa is its ability to give even small, start up businesses a chance to bloom.…


Added by La Mesa Today on April 30, 2011 at 2:05pm — 2 Comments

Grossmont Redevelopment

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Imagining A Redeveloped Grossmont Center

LA MESA -- When the lease on the land under Grossmont Center…


Added by La Mesa Today on March 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments


City Looking For A Few Good Drivers

LA MESA – One of the great parts of living in the Jewel of the Hills, everyone agrees, is the rural, small-town feel. Homes are tucked away in quiet glens and secluded hillsides. But without a car, life can quickly become unmanageable.

That’s where…


Added by La Mesa Today on February 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

City Kasting For Mentoring Roles

LA MESA -- KAST, (Kids and Seniors Together) is looking for a few good volunteers! Jointly sponsored by the City of La Mesa and La Mesa Spring Valley School District, KAST is an intergenerational after-school program that matches mature adults with second through-fourth-grade students. It is designed to provide mature adults an opportunity to share their talents, skills and special interest with students who benefit from one-on-one mentoring.

After an initial orientation, KAST…


Added by Gina Garcia on December 18, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Park Station Study Gets a Slow Start

LA MESA – The Park Station project proposed for downtown La Mesa continues to cook slowly through the oversight processes of city government.

City officials said the Environmental Impact Report being prepared on the project got off to a slow start because construction delays on the new police station project (lots of rain) has slowed the process of finishing the road improvements along Baltimore and University.

City officials don’t want to do the traffic study –… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on March 10, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Another Armed Robbery in La Mesa

LA MESA -- Another business has been hit by an armed robber.

Late Sunday night police say an armed robber entered the Union-76 gas station at 6085 Lake Murray Boulevard, flashed a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes. The clerk obliged and the man -- described as a white male, 5-9 to 6' -- fled on foot. No vehicle was identified and no one was injured in the event.

Police said the man wore a black beanie with holes cut out for his eyes, a grey sweater with black and… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on February 23, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

A Walk on the Mild Side

HARRY GRIFFEN PARK – The promised event of this Saturday in the park was a community health walk. Turns out it was much more.

The gathering, though lightly attended, began with a world class athlete teaching us how to stretch and was followed by a charming guide who both learned and taught the history of this suburban pocket park even as he led the residents through the woods. All of which was followed by sun-drenched refreshments with residents, community… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Teaching Character One Play at a Time

By Chris Lavin

LA MESA – It is 7:30 a.m. and the first soccer game of the day has already begun on the La Mesa Middle School field just off Parks Avenue.

There was a time, not many years ago, when America associated sports with character development and discipline. That was before frantic specialization; overzealous parents and the quest for scholarships – not to mention professional sports anti-role model proliferation – tainted the games a… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 26, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Future of La Mesa Looms

By Chris Lavin

LA MESA - City officials will turn on the mic Thursday night and sit back and listen.

The topic is officially La Mesa's future - a broad topic to say the least - but as with all public hearings, the pundit (that would be me) is predicting that the latest hot topics will still dominate. Speakers can be expected to rail against the mega-project in its early stages of consideration for downtown La Mesa.

Others may raise green issues, including whether… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 5, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

A Warm Walk with Friends

MT. HELIX - It was a simple invitation - a community walk up Mt. Helix.

The event itself was much more. At 10 a.m. about 100 friends, neighbors and pets left the fire station and chatted and strolled behind the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association banner.

Arriving a few minutes later at the stage area near the hill's summit, the walkers were met by food, water and music - a cocktail party drenched in the morning sunlight and lacking only the cocktails. Susan… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on January 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sobering Facts on DUI

LA MESA -– City of La Mesa police officials are encouraging hosts of holiday parties and gatherings to think about how intoxicated friends and family will get home this year.

La Mesa police will participate in a special state-wide anti-DUI effort which will include conducting sobriety check points. According to La Mesa officials the first check point will be conducted here Friday Dec. 18.

The special anti-DUI effort will continue through Jan. 3 with special check points… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

La Mesa Crime Victim Fights Back

LA MESA -- Kim Dumas stood before the City Council and described herself as a crime victim.

But rather than ranting and raving and complaining about police work, she launched into her response to the burglaries and car thefts hitting her West La Mesa neighborhood.

"I'm a web designer so I built a website --,'' she said. And Dumas encouraged council members to join her in her… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 8, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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