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.

Articles by Liz Swain

Move over burger place, coffee place coming in

Sixties-era Jack in the Box building not considered historical

When construction started in September 2016 in the Village Shopping Center parking lot east of the Jack in the Box, people were curious about what was coming to the center located at the northwest corner ...

Historic elderly home to become apartments

Developer to convert Little Flower Haven in La Mesa

Little Flower Haven, the Catholic nonprofit home for the elderly located at 8585 La Mesa Boulevard, closed on June 30, 2015. The proposed plan for the 4.09-acre site is Little Flower Apartments, a 130-unit complex ...

La Mesa opens for pot business

Shop applicants cough up the fees as illegal dispensaries close

Today (February 6), the City of La Mesa accepted applications — and a nonrefundable $1200 initial fee — from people seeking a conditional use permit to open a medical marijuana dispensary, cultivation business, or to ...

Tried taking Highway 94 east off the 125 south lately?

Caltrans won’t clean up the mess

High-priority project at the 125/94 interchange never gets done.

New chapter on San Carlos Library expansion

Redesign includes columns and removal of cop storefront

While the architect and building size remain the same, the updated plan for the new 25,000-square-foot San Carlos branch library is now one story instead of two. The 8200-square-foot branch at 7265 Jackson Drive opened ...

Electrified fence for Adobe Falls — not happening

SDSU students seek solutions to prevent trespassing

Adobe Falls is a class project for the 64 San Diego State University graduate students in professor Eric Frost’s Homeland Security 602 class. Students are working on solutions to issues that include trespassing on land ...

La Mesa council votes for...cooperation?

“We’re cutting down on transparency.”

The La Mesa City Council on October 11 voted 3-1 to rescind the 2002 policy allowing one councilmember to place an item on the agenda. Instead, the signatures of two councilmembers will be needed to ...

Police oversight boards? No, thank you

Local cities reject Grand Jury recommendation

The 2015–2016 San Diego County Grand Jury Report on Citizen Oversight Boards of Police Behavior issued on May 25 recommended that seven cities establish citizen review boards or consider establishing regional boards. Jurors suggested that ...

Phone use and beverages now allowed in library

Instead of rules, "We will address any behavior that is profane or disruptive.”

Phone use and covered beverages are now allowed in the Central Library and the 35 branches in the City of San Diego system, according to the revised version of the San Diego Public Library “Rules ...

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