La Mesa/Mt. Helix

SAN PASQUAL WINERY UPCOMING EVENTS

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Want to learn how to make wine? Paint still life? Hear local musical talent?  Shop for jewelry? Support women building homes for low income families?  You can enjoy all that and more, all while savoring wine tasting at San Pasqual’s Winery and Tasting Room at two locations in La Mesa.

Below are details on the upcoming events; for details you can visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com

LA MESA OFFERS 21 SUMMER CAMPS TO REMEMBER

 

Source: City of La Mesa

April 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child that wants time with animals, to feed the hogs or wash an emu?  What about your sports enthusiasts, or do your kids love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering twenty-one (21) “Summer to Remember!” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up.  2016 Camps include:  

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHIEF VASQUEZ AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April  22, 2016 (San Diego) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce members and guests came bright and early to Marie Callender’s for a breakfast with new La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez on April 13th.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOLS TRUSTEE ELECTED AS CHAIR OF BLACK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS/MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Vice-President Emma Turner appointed to leadership positions for the National School Boards Association during annual conference in Boston, MA.

Source:  La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools press release

April 19, 2016 (La Mesa) - Emma Turner, Vice-President of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board of Education, was elected to the position of Chair of the National Black Council (NBC) of National School Boards Association (NSBA) and also installed as a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA at their annual conference on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the two-year term of office, Dr. Turner will be the leading educational advocate for providing a quality education for all African American students across the nation, as well as all students.  Dr. Turner will also serve as a spokesperson for issues that impact the education of African American youth.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY’S WELLNESS WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 TO DISCUSS ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

 April 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Dispelling Myths About Organ and Tissue Donation,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

COUNTY EDUCATION BOARD DENIES CHARTER FOR COLLEGE PREPARATORY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 14, 2016 (La Mesa) – Students, parents and staff from the College Preparatory Middle School in La Mesa packed the County Board of Education’s hearing room last night, urging board members to approve an application to approve a new charter school. 

LA MESA CHAMBER’S SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO APRIL 28

 

East County News Service

April 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Thursday, April 28, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is ready and set to entertain you on a special La Mesa evening. You will meet 46 businesses who have display tables that showcase their goods and services and are offering lots of free door prizes to lucky winners. Other local businesses will also be in attendance to mix and mingle with guests and attendees.

COTTON CANDY, FACE PAINTING AND MORE AT BRACES SAN DIEGO’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Saturday, April 30th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join an afternoon open house and celebrate one-year of Braces San Diego at their La Mesa location (7323 Jackson Drive) from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..

HELIX WATER DISTRICT APPROVES THREE WATERING DAYS PER WEEK

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2016 (La Mesa) - At their April 6, 2016 meeting, Helix Water District’s Board of Directors approved a three day per  week limit on landscape irrigation, rescinding the two-day limit in effect since June 2015, when the State Water Resources Control Board mandated a 25 percent reduction in statewide water use.

LA MESA CHAMBER WARNS MEMBERS OF SCAM

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

April 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning about a scam targeting its members. See text below:

It has come to our attention that there are phone-calls being made from 888-001-0816 stating they are calling from the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The caller is asking information about our business members potential move to a new location. We know that the caller is gathering your address and phone number for some type of unknown future use.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION IN LA MESA: HOT TOPIC AT LA MESA CONVERSATIONS

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: left to right:  Andrew Keatts, Laura Espinoza, Jim Stone and Rob Schupp

March 30, 2016 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Conversations invited residents to “join the conversation” to discuss The Future of Transportation in La Mesa on March 28th at the Mason Lodge, where a panel of transportation experts enlightened an audience of about two dozen people.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL'S CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT GROUP'S 2015 REPORT ON TAXPAYER BOND EXPENDITURES FOR HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

 

East County News Service

March 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2015 Annual Report to the Community.

WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD FIRST SEE A DENTIST?

 

 

Beginning a relationship with a dentist early in your child’s life can help safeguard the child’s oral health.

East County News Service

March 21, 2016 (San Diego/La Mesa) – Did you know that it is recommended that children visit a dentist for the first time by their first birthday? Many parents don’t bring their children to the dentist until the age of two or later, but the American Dental Association recommends all children begin a relationship with a dentist when the first tooth erupts, or by the age of one.

“Parents often tell us they never thought to bring their infant or toddler to our office because he or she didn’t have very many teeth, so they didn’t think about it,” says Dr. Santiago Surillo, a San Diego children’s dentist. “They are often surprised to learn that dental decay can set in before a tooth even erupts. Beginning a relationship with a dentist at a young age can set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.”

COUNTY SETS HEARINGS ON REDISTRICTING PROPOSED BY GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 



By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 31 with new info from the County Office of Education.

March 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The County Committee on School District Organization will hold six hearings to get public input on the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposed shift to electing governing board trustees by districts.  The GUHSD board voted 4-1 to adopt a controversial map and seek a waiver of a public vote despite opposition from members of the public who spoke, some alleging gerrymandering to oust a dissenting board member and break up a vocal minority voting block, as ECM reported.

The six hearings are set for March 17 in La Mesa, March 28 in El Cajon,  April 4 in Alpine,  April 5 in Jamul, April 6 in Lemon Grove, and April 11 in Lakeside.  The public can testify at the meetings and also submit written comments up until April 7.  The County’s committee will vote to approve or disapprove the district’s request at its April 13 meeting. The Alpine hearing was added after ECM and community members asked that Alpine be added as a location due to the many controversies involving the Alpine area.

For the full schedule of meetings, rules and details, click "read more" and scroll down.

To view the San Diego County Office of Education hearings announcement in English, Spanish and Arabic, click here.

To view data on the GUHSD redistricting plan including demographic details and maps, click here.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ANNOUNCES UPDATE ON LA MESA CAPITAL CAMPAIGN



 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced more than $5.6 million has been raised towards a goal of $9.4 million for its fundraising effort called the “La Mesa Capital Campaign” that includes construction of a new 25,000-square-foot clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School.

LA MESA CHAMBER TO HOST BREAKFAST APRIL 13 WITH POLICE CHIEF WALT VASQUEZ

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, El Camino Memorial Park and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry.

LMPD PROVIDES UPDATE ON GRANT ACTIVITIES TO BATTLE ALCOHOL-RELATED CRIME

 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- In July of 2015, the La Mesa Police Department was awarded a $34,363 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol related crime.  This week, the department issued an update on decoy operations, inspections and arrests as a result of the grant funding.

THE HILLS LOCAL PUB CELEBRATES 2 YEARS IN LA MESA ON APRIL 5

 

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Sliders at The Hills by Leon Thompson

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) - On Tuesday, April 5, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 2-year anniversary of The Hills Local Pub in La Mesa. This celebration and business mixer will be held between the hours of 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The owners of The Hills Local Pub, located at 8758 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa, have created various fund raisers and activities that make this a special and fun-filled location in La Mesa.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy great hors d’ oeuvres, including one of their house specialties and (1) complimentary glass of house wine, handcrafted beer and soft drinks.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL TO OPEN NEW LAB AND PHARMACY

 

Grossmont Healthcare District

 

Photo (from left to right): Barry Jantz, CEO, Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD); Scott Evans, senior VP and CEO, Sharp Grossmont Hospital (SGH); Michael Emerson and Bob Ayres, GHD board members; Chris Crawford, SGH laboratory director; Kenneth Schell, SGH pharmacy director.

 

March 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- An important milestone was recently celebrated in the progress of the taxpayer-funded construction of a new Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY’S WELLNESS WEDNESDAY MEETING WILL DISCUSS ISHA KRIYA MEDITATION MARCH 23

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Learn Isha Kriya Meditation,” a free guided meditation practice, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN LA MESA: WILL YOU ARRIVE BY UNICYCLE, HELICOPTER OR SUBMARINE?

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2016 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Conversations invites you to a forum on The Future of Transportation in La Mesa on Wednesday, March 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (4731 Date Ave., La Mesa).

SAN PASQUAL WINERY ANNOUNCES MUSIC, ART AND TASTING EVENTS IN LA MESA VILLAGE

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – Whether your passion is to paint a masterpiece or savor some fine wines while enjoying live Spanish jazz, or finger-style guitar music, your wish can come true at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown Village.  While the art classes have fees, the musical performances have no cover charge.  Wine, cheese, crackers and desserts are available for purchase.

REVITALIZATION IN THE HOUSE OF GOLD

 

Community group brings change to Casa de Oro

Report from the Casa de Oro Alliance

March 9, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- The increase of higher risk and illegal businesses in the neighborhood has lit a fire of enthusiasm for Casa de Oro residents and businesses alike. Instead of turning a blind eye or becoming apathetic, nearly three dozen multi-sector community members have united to strategically develop an action plan for revitalization efforts in the Casa de Oro community.

NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

By Sierra Billock, pageant director 

March 6, 2016 (La Mesa/Santee) - On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held one of their most grand traditions, the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and are an outstanding mentoring program for young women.  Mayor Voepel from Santee and Mayor Araposathis from La Mesa were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2016 Susanna Wiggins, Miss Teen La Mesa 2016 Jennifer Barillas, Miss Santee 2016 Marrissa Lawrence and Miss Teen Santee 2016 Kaylyn Rambo.

DEPOT SPRINGS OWNER HOSTS Q&A WITH COMMUNITY MARCH 15

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2016 (La Mesa) –“Many of you have asked for a time to meet myself and the entire Depot Springs team,” says Aaron Dean, owner of the Depot Springs Beer Company restaurant, brewery and entertainment venue under construction at the corner of Fletcher Parkway and Dallas Street. 

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