La Mesa Today's Blog – December 2010 Archive (23)

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

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


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

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

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


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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


LAKE MURRAY -- A driver traveling on Lake Murray Boulevard early Saturday morning lost control and lost his engine. In fact, the car went one way, the engine another and the driver a third.

La Mesa police said that at about 1:15 A.M., they responded to a single vehicle collision in the 5800 block of Lake Murray Boulevard. Police said the vehicle was traveling south on Lake Murray Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle on a wet road. The vehicle entered the center median…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 18, 2010 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

Council Will Consider Banning The Sale Of "Puppy Mill'' Pets

LA MESA - The La Mesa City Council heard for an hour last night from citizens concerned about the sale of puppies raised in so-called puppy mills.

What followed was a short but dogged debate about the role of government in local commerce.

"I hate to see things happening to the cute puppies," said Council Member Ruth Sterling, "then my Republican side comes… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Council, Mayoral Winners Sworn In

LA MESA - With an official reading of the final vote totals and a short swearing in ceremony, La Mesa installed the winning candidates Tuesday night. They were all familiar.

Mayor Art Madrid took the oath for the fifth time, assuring he will oversee the city's centennial celebration. Madrid complimented the voters for the 66.1 percent turnout and thanked his family and new fiancee Deborah McElravy. Council members shared a cake and refreshment with residents in… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Verbeke Will Head Helix Water Board

LA MESA -- DeAna Verbeke, who was recently re-elected to the Helix Water District Board, has been selected to be the board's president. Verbeke, also a member of, heads the board for the water district that serves customers throughout La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and Spring Valley. See the UT story here:…


Added by La Mesa Today on December 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Carolers Enjoy A Warm And Friendly Night On Helix

MT. HELIX -- On a warm, dry night the annual Mt. Helix Christmas caroling event drew several hundred carolers to the starlit heights.

Song sheets in hand, young and old worked their way through the traditional songs and enjoyed coffee and desserts supplied by local merchants.

The weather conditions were a nice change from the rain that cancelled last year's event and the cold that made the event a bit too wintry for the local blood the year… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 12, 2010 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Masked Man Attempts, Fails At Station Robbery

LAKE MURRAY -- At 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a man entered the Shell Station at 5302 Lake Murray Boulevard wearing a black bandana across his face.

The would-be robber raised his hands toward the clerk, police said, when the clerk noticed the suspect was only armed with a glove that had the shape of a handgun.

The clerk then armed himself with a screw driver and told the suspect to leave. The suspect then ran out of the store and was last seen driving north on Lake Murray Boulevard in… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Christmas In The Village A Roaring Success

LA MESA VILLAGE -- Christmas In The Village, an annual event for downtown La Mesa, got off to one of the best and busiest starts in years and went on to be a great success after two nights. Long time residents and merchants couldn't recall a year in which attendance was so strong from virtually the first moment to when the evenings closed. "This is just great,'' said Readers Inc. book store owner Deena While. "Perfect weather and great… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 11, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

La Mesa Police Look To Round Up Teddy Bears

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department is looking for a few good bears.

Police department's throughout the county this time of year take turns delivering teddy bears to children in the hospital during the holidays.

This La Mesa teddy bear drive -- the 20th Annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive -- will benefit children at Rady Children's… Continue

Added by La Mesa Today on December 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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