Liz Swain

Liz Swain has spent much of her life near the San Diego/La Mesa border, living in San Carlos or La Mesa. A former newspaper reporter, Liz's assignments included covering local government and community groups like town councils, reporting on crime, and writing features and columns. She's delighted to do that again by writing Reader Neighborhood News about La Mesa and the Navajo neighborhoods of San Carlos, Allied Gardens (where Liz also lived), Del Cerro, and Grantville. Liz also posts on the La Mesa Holler page. Readers are welcome contribute to the Holler page and to contact Liz with story ideas.

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Latest Articles

Harshed mellow at “A Doobie Falls”

“Please find other sanctioned paths to hike...there are plenty in our beautiful city.”

To stop incidents of vandalism, drug use, and fires at Adobe Falls, SDSU authorities have posted "No Trespassing" signs and increased patrols on the land owned by the university. Campus police community liaison Briana Drost ...

Consider sales of Fritos and bean dip

Community planners in Grantville delay pot-shop decision

Grantville Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on July 21 voted 9-4 to delay a decision on the proposal to operate Grantville Greens, a 623-square-foot medical marijuana cooperative on the 4400 block of Glacier Avenue. The vote ...

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 ...

Cowles Mountain rescue report

Twisted ankles and heart attacks

Cowles Mountain was the site of 22 rescues during 2013, San Diego Fire-Rescue battalion chief Dan Froelich said in a July 6 interview; 32 rescues were conducted in Mission Trails Regional Park last year. The ...

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 ...

Ten-story building for La Mesa?

“It's too big not to hurt an already congested area.”

The La Mesa Planning Commission on June 18 tabled a decision on the Park Station specific plan after a co-applicant spoke against the mixed-use proposal. The proposal includes raising the height limit to 110 feet ...

Seems everyone’s going green in Grantville

"The size of one is 7071 square feet. That's like a Walmart."

After Navajo Community Planners, Inc., heard a presentation on June 16 about progress on the Grantville-focused community-plan amendment, the planning group received an update from two men who applied for a conditional-use permit to operate ...

Another wild night at the dead end

"I don't understand this disaster tourism."

The June 10 rescue of a woman driver who drove through a metal guardrail at the end of Cowles Mountain Boulevard and landed in a ravine happened three weeks after Navajo Community Planners’ May 19 ...

An eye on teens, and no pythons allowed

La Mesa nails down plans for Oktoberfest

The La Mesa City Council on June 10 unanimously approved a special-event permit that allows the La Mesa Village Merchants Association to stage a modified version of the annual Oktoberfest. Changes to the event (scheduled ...

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