La Mesa/Mt. Helix

GRAND OPENING WITH LIVE MUSIC IN LA MESA FEB. 9

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - Melania Mirzakhanian announces the Grand Opening of Tomea Real Estate at 5575 Baltimore Drive #105 in La Mesa.  The community is invited to the office warming complete with appetizers, raffle prizes, and live music by the acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist, Mr. Gregory Page. 

WINE WORKS HOSTS SUPER BOWL PARTY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Wine Works invites football fans to a Super Bowl Party this Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  You can enjoy the game on Wine Works’ big screen TV, while savoring your favorite wine, complimentary snacks, and halftime pizza.  Prizes will be given out each quarter.

POLICE SEEK MAN WHO ATTACKED WOMAN OUTSIDE LA MESA DENNY’S

Update:  LMPD has arrested Elvis Rojas, 19, on robbery and carjacking charges in this case. 

East County News Service

February 3, 2017 (La Mesa) — A man with long curly hair, shorts and a blue jacket open with no shirt violently attacked a woman with a crowbar in the parking lot of a Denny’s on Spring Street in La Mesa around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

LA MESA CONVERSATIONS FEB. 22: LEARN HOW TO SERVE ON CITY AND COUNTY BOARDS OR COMMISSIONS

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Conservations invites you to join a panel of experts to discuss a variety of opportunities for La Mesa residents to serve on boards and commissions, both with the City of La Mesa, and the County of San Diego.  The event will be held Wednesday, February 22nd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Masonic Lodge (4731 Date St.).

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FEB. 10 FOR FORMER LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT GORDON JONES

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2017 (La Msea) — The La Mesa Historical Society and the family of Gordon Jones will hold a celebration of his life and recognition of his contribution to the city of La Mesa on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the La Mesa Historical Society’s McKinney House Museum, 8369 University Ave. in La Mesa.   Read more about his remarkable life here.

SUPERVISOR JACOB ADDRESSES LA MESA AND REGIONAL ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2017 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Chamber of Commerce president Mary England introduced Supervisor Dianne Jacob as a “ferocious fighters” who “doesn’t back down” on issues important to her constituents. Jacob, who was recently named Chair of the Board of Supervisors, spoke at the Chamber’s first meeting of the year, in keeping with an annual tradition.

WILL LA MESA BUILD A NEW LIBRARY? AND IF SO, WHERE?

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – When La Mesa’s old police station was torn down and a new one built on the site of the aging County library that was torn down, a modest new library was built that was intended to be temporary, with a larger, new library proposed to be built on the site of the old police station. But a decade after efforts to build a new library began, the interim library building remains, with no plans yet submitted for a replacement—much to the consternation of library patrons advocating for a more spacious facility to meet modern needs.

HOT TOPICS ON THE HELIX WATER BOARD AGENDA

 

East County News Service

January 27, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Helix Water Board has some important matters to consider at its next two meetings.  On Monday, January 30th at 6 p.m., the board will interview applicants and appoint a new director to fill a vacancy on the board.  Then on Wednseday, February 1st at 6 p.m., ,the agenda includes a discussion of the County Water Authority’s declaration finding the drought is over in San Diego County—and what actions the Helix District should consider taking to ease water use restrictions on ratepayers.

BOYS SOCCER: HELIX ROUTS EL CAP 5-0

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 25, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Helix High varsity boys soccer team is off to a decent start in conference play with only one tie.  The 6-2-4 overall Highlanders stayed at home today and faced El Capitan.  The Vaqueros are 0-1 in league play and 5-5-1 overall.

LA MESA COUNCIL TO HEAR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSAL

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council will hear an Affordable homes Bonus Program proposed by Councilmembers Kristine Alessio and Colin Parent at tonight’s  meeting at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers (8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa.) View details: http://ca-lamesa3.civicplus.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1472?fileID=2801

LA MESA TOWN HALL MEETINGS JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 2

 

Source: City of La Mesa

January 23, 2017 (La Mesa) -  In an on-going commitment to communicate with residents, the La Mesa City Council will host two Town Hall Meetings. These open-forum sessions provide an opportunity for citizens to share their concerns, ideas, and opinions on issues in their neighborhood and throughout the City.  

STORM DUMPS NEARLY 6 INCHES OF RAIN, 10 INCHES OF SNOW IN EAST COUNTY: FLOODING PROMPTS RESCUES

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo: University Avenue in La Mesa between Olive and Parks

January 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – From Thursday through Saturday, storms doused our region.  Mount Laguna received over 10 inches of snow.

Julian got 5.97 inches of precipitation, the most in San Diego County.  Lake Cuyamaca, Descanso, and Pine Hills all got over 5 inches of rain.

END OF AN ERA: ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO ON EMBARCADERO OFFERS DRAWINGS AND SPECIALS IN FINAL 2 WEEKS; LA MESA ANTHONY’S TO REMAIN OPEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2017 (La Mesa) – Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the Embarcadero has been a fixture on San Diego’s waterfront for 70 years.  For many San Diego County residents, it’s long been a go-to place for special occasions from prom nights to wedding anniversaries.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS HIT BY DEBIT, CREDIT CARD SKIMMING SCAMS AT CONVENIENCE STORES

 

By Miriam Raftery; Thea Skinner contributed to this report

January 12, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Numerous local residents say that after using their debit cards inside a Circle K store in La Mesa, thieves attempted to withdraw money from their bank accounts.  Similar scams have been used recently at other local gas stations and convenience stores. 

HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE MEETING ON EATING RIGHT

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Easy Ways to Eating Right for a Healthy Body and Mind” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

HELIX WATER SETS SPECIAL MEETING JAN. 18 TO FILLL BOARD VACANCY AND VOTE ON MOVING MEETINGS TO EVENINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Directors Mark Gracyk and DeAna Verbecke offered opposing views on how board vacancy should be filled

January 5, 2016 (La Mesa) – At a packed meeting yesterday,  Helix Water Board members aired differing views on how to fill a vacancy left by the resignation last week of newly elected member Lu Tejeda. Tejeda cited conflicts of interest raised by his job with a contractor. 

The new board majority pushed to appoint Dan McMillan, whom Tejeda narrowly edged out by just 185 votes in the four-man race. Both ran on a platform of reigning in rising water rates. 

Director DeAna Verbecke dissented, calling for the district to accept applications and conduct interviews with all interested parties in an open meeting before making an appointment. 

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOST BREAKFAST WITH SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

File photo: Jacob meets with constituents in Dulzura

January 3, 2017 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for its first breakfast meeting of the year starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY TASTING ROOM AND GALLERY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY MUSIC EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery will host a variety of musical entertainment each Saturday evening in February—including an acoustic guitar and mandolin duo, a guitarist focused on Hawaiian and Celtic styles, a Latin music guitarist and composer, and a pianist performing favorites from the ‘40s through the ‘70s.  Scroll down for details.

NEW YEAR’S DAY BEGAN WITH PRAYER AT MOUNT HELIX PARK AMPHITHEATER

 

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2017 (La Mesa) – About 100 people gathered on New Year’s Day afternoon at Mount Helix Park Amphitheater for a “Prayer Summit,” hosted by Unite San Diego, an East County-based coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders.

 

AVIAN POX SUSPECTED IN HUMMINGBIRDS IN LA MESA/MT. HELIX AREA

 

By  Laura Ball

January 1, 2017 (La Mesa/Mt. Helix) -- I have very active hummingbird feeders and have noticed a few birds with tumors on their beaks (see photo). I have been in contact with a specialist at the University of California-Davis Vet Med Center about this, and she had some suggestions on how to help them. The hummingbirds probably have avian pox, which is contagious - to birds only, not humans - and can spread through the feeders we all have in our yards.

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: JAN. 20-FEB. 19 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present “What the Butler Saw," a classic British farce opening January 20th and running through Feb. 19th

When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.

NEW YEAR’S DAY AFTERNOON PRAYER SERVICE PLANNED AT MT. HELIX PARK AMPHITHEATER

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: George Runyan

December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) – Unite San Diego, a coalition of pastors, elected officials, business owners and community leaders, will host a New Year’s Day “Prayer Summit” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, January, 1, at the Mount Helix Park Amphitheater, 4901 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. The program will include music, worship and prayers. A prelude to worship will begin at 1 p.m. Several hundred people are expected to attend, said Michael Griffiths of Unite San Diego.

JOIN US SUNDAY AT OUR FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING HOLIDAY PARTY!

 

 

December 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Join us for East County Magazine's annual "Feasting and Merrymaking"  holiday party this Sunday, December 18 from 3-7 p.m. at our editor's home on Mt. Helix!  Our elves have been busy preparing a fabulous feast,  plus we'll have live music provided by singer/guitarist Paul Nichols and pianist Andrea Ladmer,  wines from San Pasqual Winery and a wealth of prizes,  holiday games and surprises!

Our party is open to our subscribers, donors and friends by invitation. Subscriptions are free!  Subscribe here to our newsletter and/or wildfire alerts or donate here

RSVP is required.  Call 619-698-7617 or e-mail editor@eastcountymagazine.org to reserve space and get the address to join the fun at our fabulous event--and support award-winning community journalism!

MISS LA MESA AND MISS SANTEE PAGEANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH MARCH 4

East County News Service

December 16, 2016 (La Mesa and Santee)--The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that applications are now available for the 2017 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Scholarship Pageants. Next year’s pageant will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the beautiful new theater at Helix Charter High School.

 Each year the two cities seek young women between the ages of 12-26 to participate in a program that has become a tradition in the cities since the late 1960s and is an outstanding mentoring program for young women.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS RENTED CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL: THREE SHOWS LEFT DECEMBER 16 - 18, 2016

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 14, 2016 (La Mesa) - A hallmark movie come to life, filled with everything you need for Christmas: music, family, kids, humor, drama, love, carols, and that touch of magic that comes with the season.

PUBLIC SQUARE COFFEE HOUSE IN LA MESA: UNIQUE SCONES AND VEGAN FARE

 

By Robin Norris Kendall

December 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Coffee House Revolution has come to East County. Move over Starbucks—we can now choose to drink global, but sip local. Take, for example, Public Square Coffee House in the Village of La Mesa.

CORVETTE CRASH IN SPRING VALLEY KILLS DRIVER

 

East County News Service

December 12, 2016 (Spring Valley) — A 24-year-old man died Monday night when the Corvette he was driving at a high speed struck an Oldsmobile on Highway 94 in Spring Valley, then plunged over the side of the freeway. 

The Corvette fell 70 feet onto Spring Street below, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

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