La Mesa/Mt. Helix

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: KATIE HALVIN SHARES DETAILS ON LA MESA'S HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE EVENT THIS SATURDAY

 

 

December 9, 2016 (La Mesa)-- The new Holiday in the Village event will be bringing back some of La Mesa's most cherished holiday traditions--including chestnuts roasting on open fires,  holiday music and carnival rides for kids,  plus creating some new memories for all including booths with over 80 artisans.  Santa Claus will also be at the event slated for this Saturday,  December10th from 10 a.m.to 10 p.m. There's also a holiday card drive to brighten the holidays for U.S. troops overseas.

This is the first year that the new  La MesaVillage Association has been in charge of the event.  East County Magazine interviewed  Katie Halvin,  an organizer of the event,  on our radio show originally aired on KNSJ 89.1  FM.  You can listen now by clicking the orange link above.

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NEW YEAR WALK UP MT. HELIX JAN. 7

 

Photo: View from atop Mt. Helix

East County News Service

December 7, 2016 (Mt. Helix) --You’re invited to start the New Year off on the right foot by joining the Grossmont Mt. Helix Improvement Association’s (GMIA) Walk Up Mt. Helix on Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 am.

LA MESA CONVERSATIONS’ HOLIDAY MIXER DEC. 21

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2016 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Conservations invites you to a holiday mixer on Wednesday, December 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at  Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant, 8365 La Mesa Blvd . in La  Mesa. The evening will be an opportunity to meet neighbors, talk about the new changes at City Hall, and discuss the progress in La Mesa as we approach 2017.

DECEMBER ART CLASSES AT NAINSOOK FRAMING IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Nainsook Framing (8130 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa is offering art classes this holiday season. Options include oil painting, watercolor and acrylic painting classes, all-day workshops, plus the latest craze—wine and art experiences where you can sip wine, savor snacks with friends and leave with a finished painting.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DEC. 11

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to celebrate the end of the year in style at its annual Christmas Open House on December 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKinney House, 8369 University Avenue in La Mesa.

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT AT LA MESA SHIMMER DECEMBER 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to enjoy the magic of the holiday season at La Mesa Shimmer on Thursday, December 1st from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.   A lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.at Legacy Park in the heart of the city’s historic downtown village, where you can also enjoy a hot chocolate bar, live music, and holiday window displays, shopping and dining.  For more information, visit www.cityoflamesa.us/shimmer.

HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE, A LA MESA TRADITION, DEC. 10

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Village Association's new event, Holiday in the Village, will be held on December 10th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., following a long history of Christmas in the Village events.

“As it is a new association sponsoring the event and the city is working to be more inclusive of all the holiday festivities at this time of year we have changed the name to reflect that,” the LMVA website states. Rest assured we will still have fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season!"

WITNESSES SOUGHT TO FATAL HIT AND RUN IN LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) — Ronald Barrios, a 51-year-old father of four, has died of injuries caused by a hit-and-run driver who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking on Blue Lake Drive near Jackson Street in the Lake Murray area on Saturday at around 5:45 a.m.

SHARP NURSES CALL 3-DAY STRIKE STARTING MONDAY

 

 

Update 11 p.m. -The strike set for  Monday has been called of due to progress in negotiations, the nurses' union has indicated.

Photo: United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (San Diego) – Registered nurses at Sharp Healthcare facilities announced Friday that they will stage a three-day strike starting Monday, November 28th after contract negotiation talks broke down.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: LA MESA CHAMBER PRESIDENT MARY ENGLAND INVITES YOU TO GIVE BACK TO HELP MILITARY FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SENIORS

 

November 22, 2016 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Chamber of Commerce  President loves giving back to help people in need during the holiday season.  This year,  the  Chamber has added military families to its list of beneficiaries to receive help this holiday season, along with seniors and children.

Hear our interview with Mary England,  originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link above to learn how you can help brighten the families for people in need in our community.

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HELP SOUGHT TO FIND MISSING WOMAN LAST SEEN IN LA MESA/LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2016 (La Mesa) – Friends of Angie Andrus are asking for public help to locate her.  According to Esther McElroy Beish, a family friend, Andrus suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

She was last seen in the Lake Murray area on October 24, when her vehicle was towed.   She could be living on the streets and confused.  “We have no idea where she is or if she is okay,” says Beish.

DEMOCRATS WIN SEAT ON LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

 

Medical pot measure also passes

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2016 (La Mesa)—Attorney and affordable housing advocate Colin Parent, a Democrat, has won election to the La Mesa  City Council,  narrowly defeating incumbent Ruth Sterling, a Republican.  Councilwoman Kristine Alessio,  an attorney, won reelection.  Parent will be the lone Democrat on the five-member Council.

Sterling has long been one of La Mesa’s most popular politicians, winning past reelections by wide margins. But she missed a key La Mesa debate this election cycle due to falling and breaking her arm.  Sterling had initially announced she would not seek reelection,  but later changed her mind after constituents urged her to run.

With 100% of precincts counted but late mail-in ballots and provisionals remaining to be tallied,  Alessio has 35.55% of the vote (6675 votes), Parent has 35.35% (6450 votes) and Sterling 30.11% (5654 votes).

OUTSIDERS WIN SEATS ON GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

 

School bond measure also passes

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –The Grossmont Union High School District has been rife with controversies including efforts to parents to split the district apart after the board ignored admonishments by the County Grand Jury  and refused to build an Alpine High School promised in two past bond measures—voting to instead fund a lawsuit defending the district’s stance.   

Yesterday,  voters cast out incumbent  Jim Stieringer, the newest Board member in a wave of anti-incumbency that swept the nation on a day that saw Donald Trump capture the presidency.  His replacement in trustee district 2, the La Mesa-Mt. Helix area, is a teacher.  Voters also elected a teacher in district 1 in Lemon Grove-Spring Valley-La Prensa, carved out through redistricting as a majority-minority district. Here's what the public can learn from these races.

FIRING BACK IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (La Mesa) — Last week, as we reported, deceptive hit piece mailers sent by a conservative out-of-town PAC targeted La Mesa City Council candidate Colin Parent.

Now the Democratic Party has fired back, sending mailers labeling Parent’s opponents, incumbents Kristine Alessio and Ruth Sterling, as “Trump Republicans in La Mesa.”  Both are Republicans, but Alessio’s campaign has said the flyer is false and that she does not support Donald Trump for president.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA COUNCIL RACE CAREENS INTO THE GUTTER

 

By Gene Carpenter and Anthony Mc Ivor

November 4, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Earlier this week, many La Mesa residents found a rude surprise in their mailboxes. It was a particularly vile attack mailer targeting La Mesa Council candidate Colin Parent.  The piece is slick, but  intellectually dishonest and shabbily written.  After three polite debates in city venues, who would use the post for such a vulgar purpose? 

HEAR OUR HOT INTERVIEWS: SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD CANDIDATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The future of the San Miguel Fire District hangs in the balance.  Should San Miguel keep its contract with Cal-Fire or return to being a stand-alone district, as the current board recently voted by a slim margin?  We interviewed a representative from  each of the two slates running for our East County Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ. Listen now by clicking the orange audio link.

 In this heated session,  incumbent Bill  Kiel, a retired engineer, makes the case for staying with Cal-Fire, while retired fire chief Kim Raddatz argues for giving Cal-Fire the boot and returning to an independent district.  Each side claims their position will be best for taxpayers and public safety.  One side is backed by Cal-Fire firefighters, the other by leaders of the former San Miguel firefighters.

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DECEPTIVE MAILERS IN GUHSD CAMPAIGN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Multiple candidates in the Grossmont Union High School District Board race have complained of mailers containing false or misleading information on candidates' party endorsements or affiliations.

Below is information on which parties have endorsed candidates in the race,  as well as which candidates have teachers' union backing and which seem to be running stealth campaigns--offering little or no information for voters.

DECEPTIVE HIT PIECE LANDS IN LA MESA MAILBOXES

 

Update with comments from the Lincoln Club President and links to prior concerns raised about the PAC by the FPPC.

By Miriam Raftery

November 3, 2016 (La Mesa) — A hit piece mailer on La Mesa City Council Colin Parent has been sent by a shadowy political action group tied to his opponent.

The mailer deceptively states Parent moved to La Mesa only to run for Council and mentions he’s lived in Sacramento and San Diego.  It fails to mention his long and deep ties to East County.  Parent went to Fuerte Elementary School near Mt. Helix, had his first job on La Mesa Blvd. with the East County Development Council, grew up going to local La Mesa hang-outs such as the Aquarius roller rink, was active in Boy Scots and graduated from Valhalla High School in the Grossmont Union High School District before attending UC San Diego and later, getting a law degree in New York.

WHO LEAKED CONFIDENTIAL PERSONNEL FILES AT HELIX WATER DISTRICT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – Someone with access to confidential files at Helix Water District violated state law and district policy by anonymously mailing part of a board candidate’s personnel file to East County Magazine.

We will not violate privacy rules by publishing the contents.  However, we did speak with the candidate, Louis Tejeda, who gave permission for us to disclose the leaking of his confidential record: a notice of proposed disciplinary action sent 21 years ago, when he was an employee of the district.

LA MESA CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation is excited to host its first Cornhole Tournament & Family Festival Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 am to 5 pm. at La Mesita Park. The tournament, “Let’s Play!” features a cornhole tournament with two divisions offering cash prizes, craft booths, astro jump, delicious BBQ, beer garden, kids activities and more. Sign up at www.lamesaparks.org

BABYSITTER CLASS IN LA MESA NOV. 19

 

Source: City of La Mesa

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will host a Babysitter Training Class on Saturday,  November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at La Mesa Community Services, 4975  Memorial Drive,  La Mesa. The fun, hands-on class for ages 11-16 helps babysitters become better prepared.  Participants practice infant skills on dolls, learn and practice CPR for infants and children. Topics include babysitter responsibilities, sitter safety,  diapering procedures, recognizing an emergency,  infant and child CPR, and basic first aid.

BOULEVARD STROLL IN LA MESA NOV. 2 WILL FEATURE STREET ARTIST, MUSIC, KIDS ZONE AND DESSERT FOOD TRUCKS

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2016 (La Mesa) - The "winter" hours for La Mesa’s Boulevard Stroll are from 5 - 8 p.m.  This month the Stroll falls on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Organizer Roz Oserin says,  “We have a wonderful treat!  The Urban Sketchers will be up by Bo Beau's - Take  few minutes and watch them sketch out the landscape in front of them!  We also have a new artist who will be doing street art in the empty lot across the street...watch for Don Masse drawing a beautiful streetscape, and 2B1, an acoustic guitarist will be moving up and down the boulevard to entertain you as well.

FLIGHT PATHS FROM 2 MAJOR AIRPORTS MAY BE REROUTED OVER EAST COUNTY: FAA TO HOLD MEETING NOV. 1 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

October 28, 2016 (Spring Valley) — The Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a meeting in Spring Valley Tuesday on a proposal to change flight paths to both Lindbergh Field and Brown Field airports, which could sharply increase airliner traffic over East County.  The meeting will be at La Presa Middle School, 1001 Leland Street, on November 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR HALLOWEEN EVE MASQUERADE PARTY OCT. 30!

 

October 21, 2016 (La Mesa) -- East County Magazine invites you to our Halloween Eve Masquerade Party! 

On Sunday, October 30, 4-8 p.m. our party at a private home in La Mesa will be the “happening haunt” complete with Halloween Eve feast,  costume contest, live music with the "Bad Randies" string band & Paul Nichols' variety music (Monster Mash and more!) local ghost stories, a trove of prizes, spooky surprises, & a frightfully good time!

This party is open to our weekly newsletter subscribers, our wildfire alert subscribers, and invited guests age 21 and up.  Subscriptions are free!  Click here to subscribe

Cost: $12 and bring a dish to share  ($10 for Editor’s Club members/sustaining donors)

GROSSMONT HIGH FOOTBALL PLAYER HURT BY LIGHTNING: WHY WASN’T PRACTICE CANCELLED DURING THUNDERSTORM?

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

October 25, 2016 (El Cajon)—A 14-year-old football player at Grossmont High School was injured  by lightning that struck nearby while walking toward the locker room after football practice yesterday around 6:15 p.m. 

In 2010,  we reported on a coach at El Capitan High School who kept players on a field during a lightning storm in violation of district policy. “The policy of the GUHSD in thunder/lightning storm conditions would be to immediately seek safe shelter at the first sound of thunder and to remain in said shelter until at least ½ hour after the last sound of thunder,” Larry Pear, director of extended and co-curricular activities at the Grossmont Union High School District,  told us at the time.

Numerous witnesses report seeing lighting strikes throughout the afternoon in the community, right up until the time the student was struck. So why wasn’t yesterday’s football practice at Grossmont High, in the same school district, cancelled?

MISSING LA MESA WOMAN AT RISK MAY HAVE DRIVEN TO RURAL EAST COUNTY

 

Update:  KNSD reports Teresa Hudson has been found and is safe.  Authorities have not provided further details.

East County News Service

October 23, 2016 (La Mesa)—The family of missing La Mesa woman Teresa Hudson is pleading for help to find her.  She left home near  Dallas  Street and Lubbock  Avenue Saturday morning shortly after midnight and is believed to have driven her daughter’s car, a gray Kia Sportage, license plate 6RQX374.  She suffers from a psychiatric condition and left without her medication,  money, cell phone, food, or water.  She was last seen wearing a pink nightgown.

On Sunday, her husband, John, asked people to check back roads in East County. “We’ll be looking in the Dehesa area ourselves,  believing she went for a joy ride and got lost and ran out of gas with no way to get help.” The car was low on gas, the family has indicated.

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