La Mesa Stories

La Mesa broker suspended for forgery

Decision against Robert Earl Holaday to be appealed

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which regulates brokerage firms and brokers selling securities in the United States, has fined Robert Earl Holaday of La Mesa $10,000 and suspended him from association with FINRA members ...

Fishy paint job for La Mesa catwalk

Will artful sidewalk ward off city's less desirable elements?

When school started on August 13 at Maryland Avenue Elementary in La Mesa, students were pleased to find that a nearby formerly unkempt walkway had been changed into a work of art. After City of ...

New La Mesa library? Eh.

New city hall and 180-car parking garage, definitely

Although the La Mesa branch library wasn't included in the study unanimously authorized by the La Mesa City Council on August 11, La Mesa Friends of the Library president John Schmitz implored the council to ...

Two Oktoberfest weekends possible for La Mesa

Downtown permit conditional on payment of fees

People who enjoy October celebrations featuring a beer garden and entertainment could have two weekends for celebrating in La Mesa. The La Mesa City Council on July 28 voted 4-1 to approve the La Mesa ...

Park Station plans on hold

The decisions of South Baltimore, LLC, to put on hold its plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa means there will be no hearing at the July 28 La Mesa City Council ...

Computer bandit strikes La Mesa Starbucks

Mind your Mac

La Mesa residents need to guard their computers more carefully. On July 21, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., activity at the La Mesa Starbucks (located on the corner of Kiowa Drive ...

In pursuit of calm in La Mesa

Revamp of Harbinson Avenue after traffic circles fail

Three months after the La Mesa City Council voted to remove two traffic circles on Harbinson Avenue, lawmakers on July 14 unanimously approved a plan to slow traffic through an estimated $41,000 worth of traffic-calming ...

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant serves it all

It’s a sports bar! It’s a family restaurant! It’s an ice cream parlor!

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant in La Mesa offers not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but a full bar, handmade chocolates and pastries, and homemade gelato. I don’t know exactly what category this family-owned restaurant falls ...

Distant connections

Theater about letters about books makes for a slow, repetitive 84 Charing Cross Road at Lamplighters Community

Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 78th season opens with a drama, based on Helene Hanff’s autobiography, which has been adapted several times for the screen, television, and radio. What makes the material challenging to produce is that ...

Welcome to the village — now calm down!

Reason for elimination of well-used right-turn lane becomes clear

For many La Mesa residents (and visitors) accustomed to driving east along La Mesa Boulevard from University Avenue into the “village” area, it is unclear why ongoing construction eliminated the well-used right-turn lane at the ...

Raise the deck, remove the heads

The definitive La Mesa water-conservation report

During the past year, the City of La Mesa's water-conservation efforts included removing 351 irrigation heads on Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive medians and redirecting spray heads to trees on the medians, according to ...

A roll down the catwalk

City of La Mesa quickly follows wheelchair-access request

On Thursday (June 18th), a La Mesa walkway running east to west from Tufts Street to Maryland Avenue was made ADA compliant following a family's request to make that walkway wheelchair accessible. After the request, ...

Reel Kids series offers big-screen fun at rock-bottom prices

There’s a good chance your children have never left the house to visit the Emerald City

Looking for a low cost way to engage the kids and beat the summer heat? Reading Cinema’s Reel Kids Summer Movie Festival may be the ticket. Starting June 17 and continuing for nine weeks, Reading’s ...

Meanwhile, over at Canine Corners...

La Mesans discuss raising dogs-per-household limit from 2 to 4

About four hours before the La Mesa City Council's May 26 discussion of a proposal to raise the number of dogs allowed in a home from two to four, people in Canine Corners dog park ...

Platform 1888 approved

Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa about to get a whole lotta venue

In a July 2014 Blurt, Aaron Dean was introduced as the La Mesa landlord behind a redevelopment that meant the end to a Fletcher Parkway strip mall and its neighborhood bar. Dean mentioned at the ...

You can't always get what you want

Aging singles are on a crash-course with the inevitable in Last Chance Romance at Lamplighters Community Theatre

Leonard and Myra are not our typical star-crossed lovers. Well, not if Myra has anything to say about it. Desperate for her last chance at love, Myra will do anything to trap the timorous Leonard ...

Six stories on Baltimore? No, no, no

And does anyone remember the Classic Cat in La Mesa?

The La Mesa Planning Commission on May 20 voted 4-2 against recommending that the city council approve the revised specific plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa, a mixed-use development proposed for ...

Nature and nurture

Another baby osprey falls out of manmade nest at Lake Murray

On May 9 at about 7 a.m., a baby osprey was spotted at the two-mile mark on the Lake Murray service road. It looked dazed but healthy as it sat there looking at the small ...

La Mesa drug dog retires at age 49

With his partner, 2700 grams of narcotics detected in six years

The La Mesa City Council unanimously authorized the retirement of police narcotic-detection dog Maximus "Max" on April 14. His partner, officer Derek Cox, was allowed to adopt the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. During their six-year ...

Casa de Pico brings Old Town to La Mesa

Old Town Mexican-theme dining in East County

I don’t eat in Old Town. At least not within the confines of the historic park, where tourists and locals can spend an afternoon learning about the pueblo’s origins and milestones. There are a number ...

Booze-fishing in La Mesa

Police employ teen decoys to help nab liquor-store patrons

Roughly one in four La Mesa locals are falling for a police sting operation in which officers employ an under-aged decoy to approach liquor-store customers and ask them to supply the minors with alcohol, according ...

Older than Hell

100 years later — the plan for La Mesa's Collier Park

By 9:30 a.m. on February 25, Collier Park tennis-court nets were lowered for the pickleball games that are played Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in La Mesa's oldest park. As players with paddles concentrated on ...

La Mesa's ugly corner

Litter, graffiti, weeds, and rodents contribute to eyesore

La Mesa resident Linda Johnson walks frequently through her hometown and is on the board of La Mesa Beautiful. The nonprofit organization "works collectively to preserve and increase the beauty" of the city, according to ...

Something feral this way comes

With springtime's approach, the kitties are homeless again

La Mesa resident Tiffany heard the distinctive sounds of cat courtship in January and knew she would again face the issue of feral cats near her home. "We've been struggling [with it] since we moved ...

Begging becomes a bloody business

La Mesa panhandler struck after stepping off median

On February 11 at about 2:45 p.m., a car hit a panhandler at the Jackson Avenue and Fletcher Parkway intersection in La Mesa. The La Mesa Police Department responded with three motorcycle cops, a police ...

Bolt Brewery to strike in Little Italy

New La Mesa sudsmiths find a more central locale they can't pass up

It’s the fastest expansion in the history of the San Diego County craft beer scene. Just two months after opening La Mesa’s first brewery, the ownership of Bolt Brewery has taken possession of a property ...

Grossmont Center History 101

And a little about its future, according to Stephen Cushman

With the January 10 expiration of Grossmont Center's 50-year lease, Cushman family members are "no longer passive owners" of the property, Stephen Cushman said at the January 27 La Mesa City Council meeting. Cushman said ...

What's new with the ole swimmin hole?

La Mesa pool to reopen soon

December rain delayed the reopening of the La Mesa municipal pool and spa until February 2. The weather caused a delay in work to replace a portion of the pool deck, according to a January ...

Art was crucified

Amicable end to the La Mesa mayor’s era

While 38th District state senator Joel Anderson showed up at the December 9 La Mesa City Council meeting to honor outgoing lawmakers Art Madrid and Ernie Ewin, former San Diego mayor Dick Murphy (a retired ...

Return to pork chop island

La Mesa traffic project did nothing to slow cars, say residents

A year after the City of La Mesa installed two traffic circles, six low medians, and a "pork-chop island" on Harbinson Avenue to try to slow speeding traffic, most residents — and a small traffic ...

Chips truck and the chief to retire

La Mesa top cop Ed Aceves and converted Doritos police van to hit the road

The new year will bring the retirement of La Mesa police chief Ed Aceves as well as the 1995 Frito-Lay delivery truck purchased in 2002 and converted into a mobile command vehicle. Twelve years ago, ...

Charlie Arbelaez, explosive bebop alto saxist

The liveliest of jazz jams happens on Friday nights in La Mesa. A chance move brought it here: “I lived just up the hill, off University Avenue,” says Charlie Arbelaez, 27. Recently out of the ...

The hoppiest comeback ever

Original Bolt Brewery mastermind set to debut redux in La Mesa

They say it’s what's inside that counts and that’s true of any business, including Bolt Brewery (8179 Center Street, La Mesa). After all, it’s inside that soon-to-open operation’s Quonset hut brewhouse where the beer is ...

This is not another weed ad in the Reader

La Mesa prepares to close illegal dispensaries after Prop J's failure

Since La Mesa voters on November 4 rejected a proposition to authorize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of La Mesa will notify three dispensaries that they have ten days to "stop their business ...

I did my very best for this city

La Mesa's outgoing mayor Art Madrid speaks

La Mesa voters picked change Tuesday — at least the 10,200 who voted did — electing a new mayor to replace six-term incumbent Art Madrid. By a vote of 6017 to 4200, on November 4, ...

He succumbed to the study of theology

Membership: 125 Pastor: Mark Menacher Age: 53 Born: Detroit Formation: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH; University of Goettingen, (West) Germany; Theological Seminary, Leipzig, (East) Germany; (PhD) University of Manchester, ...

Marching-band metronome no bueno

Practice at Helix High said to be a nuisance to neighbors

Frank Corbin says he supports the Helix Charter High School — including its marching band. But the school's electronic metronome is driving him crazy. "It sounds like somebody is banging on a big metal fencepost ...

Shrinkage of La Mesa parcel development

Some residents demand "no more than 4" stories; revised plan proposes 10

The La Mesa Planning Commission on October 1 voted 6-1 to recommend that the city council deny a specific plan for Crossroads of La Mesa at Park Station, a mixed-use project that would raise the ...

Here comes the neighborhood

La Mesa mobile-home park for seniors closes; nine homes planned for site

The La Mesa City Council last week unanimously approved a relocation impact report for Jennings Senior Park, a now-closed mobile-home park located on the 7300 block of Mohawk Street. A sign formerly displayed at the ...

Deploy the teenager

One out of four La Mesans bought booze for minors

One in four La Mesa residents approached recently by minor decoys seeking access to alcohol have been arrested after willingly providing booze to teenagers, La Mesa police are reporting. Funded by a $21,668 state grant, ...

Talking the talk in La Mesa

Council and mayoral candidates say what's on their minds at forum

At a September 18 candidates’ forum sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, two mayoral hopefuls and five candidates for two city-council seats spoke to an audience of about 100 people. Topics included their ...

Free parking in La Mesa

Report says city may lose about $490,000 during streetscape project

The La Mesa City Council on September 9 voted 3-2 to temporarily suspend enforcement of parking meters downtown, a move to compensate for disruptions caused by the $5 million Downtown Village Streetscape Improvement Project. Starting ...

Wasabi burritos get my attention

La Mesa is not known for its food, but it’s a great place to raise a family and there are plenty of good places for tasty, reasonably priced food for my perfect food day. For ...

A book is a treat in prison

Larry collects books to give away at La Mesa gas station

Emerald Oil, a gas station on the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue, not only boasts about having the lowest gas prices in La Mesa, but it also has a wide variety of ...

Entertainment on the way for La Mesa

Hookah bar and sports bar get good news from city planners

The La Mesa Planning Commission on August 20 approved conditional-use permits for "performance entertainment" at two businesses: the Venetian Lounge (a hookah bar in a shopping center on the corner of Baltimore and Parkway drives) ...

Bolt back in the brewing biz

Revived historic company brewing en route to La Mesa debut

The answer: Two months with any luck. The question (which has been burning in the minds of many a craft beer fan and La Mesa resident): When will Bolt Brewery (8179 Center Street, La Mesa) ...

La Mesa fed up with ad circulars dumped on driveways

Councilmembers agree that they give burglars "a clear message."

The La Mesa City Council on August 12 voted unanimously in favor of vice mayor Ruth Sterling's request for city attorney Glenn Sabine to investigate and report back on legal options to regulate the unsolicited ...

Firefighters call police

La Mesa fire station reports bathing man and robbery

A Bonita man was arrested on Monday night, July 28, after a couple of foiled burglary attempts, beginning at La Mesa Fire Station 12 on the 8800 block of Dallas Street. Firefighters from Station 12 ...

Hard to swallow

“The letter came registered mail — signature requested on July 3.” It was an eviction notice. Katie Halvin says it gave her until November 1 to vacate her Parkway Bar. She and her husband Doug ...

Gunpoint fiction

Theft victim attempts late-night parking lot meeting with suspects

Around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, three people were arrested in La Mesa after robbing a man who'd attempted to buy back a camera that had been stolen from him and listed for sale ...

La Mesa councilwoman stands up for vaping

"Are we going to ban chewing nicotine gum in the parks?"

After the La Mesa City Council on July 8 heard assistant city manager Yvonne Garrett's report recommending a ban on electronic smoking devices in locations where tobacco smoking is prohibited, vice mayor Kristine Alessio produced ...

La Mesa council preps for November

Boardmembers haggle over and hammer out ballot issues

The La Mesa City Council voted unanimously on June 24 to let people other than councilmembers write ballot arguments for the following measures set for November: to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, to set term limits ...