La Mesa/Mt. Helix

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: LA MESA’S NEW POLICE CHIEF SWORN IN

 

 

By Kristin Kjaero

April 7, 2015 (La Mesa) -- It was a perfect spring day in La Mesa for the outdoor swearing in of the new Police Chief, Walt Vasquez (photo, left), joined by his family (photo, below right).  The charisma and popularity he brings with him was clear to see in the size and responsiveness of the crowd.

Vasquez began his career in law enforcement in 1986 with the San Diego Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to captain, most recently overseeing SDPD's SWAT team, Canine Unit, communications,  property room, information services, and the chief's community advisory boards. 

Not surprisingly given this background, his speech today expressed the values he places on public service, teamwork, and community policing.

Below and in video, we give you Chief Vasquez's speech in full.

LA MESA MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR THREATS AGAINST ISLAMIC CENTER

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2015 (La Mesa) -- A La Mesa resident will stand trial on hate crimes, illegal weapon possession and making criminal threats against the Council on American-Islamic Relations in San Diego.

HOBBY LOBBY COMING TO LA MESA

East County News Service

April 2, 2015 (La Mesa)—Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has announced plans to open a store in La Mesa on Grossmont Boulevard, off Jackson Drive, in the same center as Toys R Us and the new Ross for Less store.  The national chain of craft and home décor stores based in Oklahoma operates over 650 stores and is listed by Forbes and Fortune magazine among the nation’s largest retail companies.

SUNRISE EASTER SERVICES ATOP MT. HELIX CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Friday, April 3, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Making literal the Easter message of a new day for 90 years now, Easter Sunrise services will be held again on Sunday, April 5 at 6:30 a.m. in the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater, where early birds can start their holiday celebration amidst the splendor of the Park's awe inspiring 360˚ view.

ALL THE PERKS: LA MESA COFFEE SHOP SUPPORTS YOUNG MILITARY FAMILIES WITH 15-DAY FUNDRAISER

 

April 1, 2015 (La Mesa)—All the Perks Espresso Café has announced a 15-day fundraiser to benefit young, disadvantaged families of U.S. soldiers. From April 1 through April 15, the coffee shop at 8046 La Mesa Blvd. (in the La Mesa Springs Shopping Center) will donate 10% of sales to Support the Enlisted Project (STEP). The shop will also be a collection point where customers can drop off donated diapers, wipes, clothing, toys, household items, infant car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs, items for new families, retail and grocery gift cards.

MAYPOLE & MORE IN SPRING FESTIVAL IN LA MESA

March 31, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Have you ever seen a Maypole dance? Now’s your chance. Bring your family to the NUA Sparrow Charter School Spring Festival on Sunday May 3, 10-11:30 a.m. for the maypole event followed by the festival 11:30 to 3 p.m.

There will be live music by Hullabaloo, Kathryn the Grape, Teagan Taylor and Olmeca Roots.

PARK STATION REVAMPS PLANS FOR HIGH RISE IN LA MESA

 

A little April Fool’s Day fun.

By Skye High

April 1, 2015 (La Mesa) –After planners twice rejected proposals for an 18-story and 10-story high rise mixed use development at Spring Street and Baltimore Drive in La Mesa, the developers of Park Station have submitted alternative plans  aimed at doing more with less. The new plan will include a vertical cannabis farm, cubicle style hotel, community garden, lounge and rotating restaurant powered by renewable energy.

LA MESA UNVEILS NEW LANDSCAPING PLAN

 

A little April Fool's Day Fun.

By Barry Pickens

 

April  1, 2015 (La Mesa)—After months of torn-up streets for revitalization of La Mesa’s downtown village, the city has unveiled its new landscaping plan.

“Today we are pleased to announce an Edible Forest for La Mesa,” said Mayor Mark Arapostathis, plucking a ripe apple off a newly planted tree beside city hall.  “All residents are welcome to help plant, harvest, and savor the fruits of these labors.”

One side of La Mesa Boulevard will be planted in grapevines and the other side will feature hops vines, thus sustaining the city’s burgeoning winemaking and craft brewery businesses.  There will also be a community vineyard and hops haven outside the La Mesa community center.

PARTY WITH THE PRESS! MARCH 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AS WE UNVEIL OUR LA MESA LIVING SPECIAL SECTION

 

 

 

East County Magazine invites you to join us for a night of wine tasting, wonderful food, spirited merrymaking, plus a sneak preview of our special La Mesa community news section! 

Join the festivities on Tuesday, March 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 at the San Pasqual Winery & Gallery Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. Limited space - reserve now to enjoy:

 

  • Delicious foods from Tiramisu Trattoria, Bo Beau's and Grove Pastry Shop
  • Unveiling of Mesa Community special section on www.EastCountyMagazine.org!
  • Live music by “one man band” Paul Nichols
  • Tell us what you’d like to see covered in La Mesa
  • Learn about opportunities to “be the media”
  • Hear about opportunities for your business or organization
  • Plenty of prizes and surprises!

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB TO SPEAK AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST APRIL 14

 

March 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callender's, 6950 Alvarado Road San Diego, CA 92120.

ROMANCING SAN DIEGO 2.0: WITH CELEBRITY GUEST DEBORAH PRATT

April 11 in La Mesa

March 27, 2015 (La Mesa) - Noted author, five-time Emmy nominee and co-executive producer and head writer of the award-winning science fiction series, Quantum Leap, Deborah Pratt, will lead an array of local literary talent at an event titled Romancing San Diego 2.0. With her latest book, The Tempting: Seducing the Nephilim, this promises to be an entertaining and informative session. This accomplished actress will be the featured celebrity guest at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa., which will feature an author panel and book signing.

LA MESA LAUNCHES "GO FUND ME" DRIVE FOR FLAG DAY PARADE COSTS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—In this era of tight budgets, the City of La Mesa has launched a “Go Fund Me” online drive to raise money to help defray costs of the 19th annual Flag Day Parade.  The annual salute to Old Glory will be held on Saturday, May 30th down La Mesa Boulevard, with pre-parade concerts by the La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands.

CHEERS FOR BASEBALL AMERICANA!

March 18, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Cheers for Baseball Americana! On April 2, baseball fans can savor the exquisite flavors of San Pasqual Winery’s selection of hand-crafted wines while listening to baseball’s most famous readings.

Who’s on First? That would be Write Out Loud founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, and the evening’s host, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis.

This La Mesa Arts Alliance event will begin with no-host wine bar reception at 6:30 p.m., and a curtain time of 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

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12 BANDS HEADLINE HARPFEST HARMONICA EXTRAVAGANZA: APRIL 4 IN LA MESA

 

March 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--World-renowned Kim Wilson will headline this year’s Spring Harp Fest XVI on Saturday, April 4thwith 12 of California’s top bands at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LA MESA SELECTS A NEW POLICE CHIEF

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--La Mesa City Manager Dave Witt has announced the selection of 28 ½ year City of San Diego Police Department veteran Walter (Walt) Vasquez, as the City’s new Chief of Police.

Witt said that Vasquez competed against candidates from outside the organization and proved that he has exceptional qualities that will help him succeed in his new position. Vasquez is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of San Diego overseeing the Canine Unit, SWAT, Communications Division, Information Services, Property Room, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. Vasquez will replace La Mesa Chief of Police Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after 30 years of service.

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REVIEW: GOODBYE CHARLIE

 

A Comedy by George Axelrod

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

Presented at the Lamplighters Community Theatre

March 6 -29, 2015

http://www.LamplightersLamesa.com

Directed By George Bailey

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) - Have you heard the news? Lamplighters La Mesa has returned. After being dark for several years Lamplighters has reopened in a new location. 5915 Severin Drive. Goodbye Charlie is the third show. Previously they produced "Same Time Next Year" and "Murder at the Howard Johnson's." It looks like they have a season of comedy planned for us.

FUN WITH PHYSICS: APRIL 18 IN LA MESA

 

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--Fun with Physics is Saturday April 18, from 9:00 am – 12 noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club at Highwood Park, 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, 91941.  Fun with Physics introduces all ages and the family to fun hands-on science experiments.  Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more. The city of La Mesa invites you to come join the fun.

LA MESA COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON SENIOR LIVING FACILITY AND VILLAGE PARKING

By Janis Russell

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council voted to move forward on negotiations with Westmont Companies for development of a senior living facility adjacent to Briercrest Park. The Council also set an optional $25,000/parking space fee for a space in a conceptual parking building, for expanding Village businesses in lieu of providing additional on-site parking.

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NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

March 9,2015 (San Diego’s East County)--On Friday, March 6, 2015 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee crowned winners in the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  The programs have been traditions in the cities since the late 1960’s and provide mentoring for young women.  Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and La Mesa Vice Mayor Ruth Sterling were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2015 Tiffany Hoffman, Miss Teen La Mesa 2015 Kaitilyn Mayhue, Miss Santee 2015 Rebecca Hudson and Miss Teen Santee 2015 Heather Cantin.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --Two suspects are under arrest on suspicion of two armed robberies that occurred yesterday—one at Fashion Valley shopping mall and the other at a Vons store in La Mesa.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY & GALLERY ANNOUNCES MARCH EVENTS

 

 

March  2015 (La Mesa) – The San Pasqual Winery announces a series of events in March at its tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown Village.  Events include concerts, painting classes, and a wine, women and wealth event.  Below is a full schedule, provided by the winery. For details, visit http://www.sanpasqualwinery.com.

CHAMBER’S “CABARET” EVENT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HEROES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (La Mesa)—The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce celebrated the accomplishments of local police, fire, medical response and senior volunteers at its annual “Salute to Heroes” banquet on February 18th at the Town and Country Hotel’s Golden Ballroom. 

The event also featured installation of officers and a “Come to the Cabaret” theme complete with New York cabaret singer Devlin, pianist Chris Drury, and a cabaret cake cooked up by Grove Pastry Shop.

This year’s honorees were:

SPRING HEADED TO COLLIER PARK

By Kristin Kjaero

February 24, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents can look forward someday to new life for the city’s oldest park, as the La Mesa City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the Collier Park Project Master Plan and Environmental Impact Report for its proposed renovation.

Much of the site is undeveloped, and the new plan makes use of this space, lowering the top of the hill by 20 feet to create a larger usable area. When funding can be found, development will be undertaken in phases corresponding to four project areas: Panhandle, Spring House, History Hill and Collier Club House.

Planned amenities include renovated tennis courts and restrooms, picnic area, ADA accessible walking paths and interpretive signage throughout, three separate playground areas aimed for growing age groups, two gazebos, a giant outdoor chess set, a bocce court, a hillside amphitheater, drainage for the soggy lower portion, and a club building with outdoor event area and ceremonial stage.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNSET IN LA MESA

 

 

February 22, 2015 (La Mesa) – Miriam Raftery snapped this brilliantly hued sunset earlier this month, when the setting sun mirrored an amber glow from a streetlamp in the parking lot at the La Mesa Springs shopping center.

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