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.

Latest Articles

Everyone will be moving to La Mesa

Development plans on the books include lots of residential units

A reader's request for a follow-up on my February 2015 story about vacant land on El Cajon Boulevard that La Mesa resident Linda Johnson labeled an "eyesore" produced information about that location and details about ...

Hand-dredged history

“Built-up sediment puts more pressure on the dam than does water."

One sign of the dredging of Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park is an approximately 435-cubic-yard mound of sediment in a Santee parking lot. Dredging started February 17, and the City of San ...

La Mesa mobilizes on trail plan

Pedestrians and bicyclists can look forward to 22.1 miles of routes

The La Mesa City Council on February 23 unanimously adopted a resolution approving the Urban Trails Mobility Action Plan, "a road map for expansion and improvements for urban trails." The plan created a 22.1-mile network ...

La Mesa council bans mobile dispensaries

"...powered or unpowered, licensed or unlicensed, manned or unmanned ..."

The La Mesa City Council on December 8 unanimously approved the first reading of two ordinances banning medical marijuana cultivation, deliveries, and mobile dispensaries. One ordinance includes a misdemeanor penalty for dispensing and delivery. In ...

Developer's traffic study challenged

“It’s far more than 1 percent. You don’t live here.”

At a December 2 Del Cerro Action Council meeting, a representative of a real estate developer said traffic wouldn’t increase much after the construction of 26 homes on a 5.6-acre site off College Avenue. ColRich ...

Homelessness problems for those with homes

"They give us the issue; we respond to the issue."

Homelessness was the subject of the November 24 Allied Gardens–Grantville Community Council town hall hosted by the council and the San Diego Police Department. Residents' questions were answered by three members of the SDPD’s Eastern ...

Giant, ugly storage facility okayed

It's zoned commercial, next to the freeway — what's the problem?

The La Mesa City Council on October 27 voted 3-1 to reject resident Christina Martin's appeal of the planning commission's September 16 approval of a conditional-use permit for StorQuest La Mesa, a three-story self-storage facility. ...

Time to forget about Streetscape debacle

Clock donated to La Mesa for installation at Lookout Park

The La Mesa City Council on October 27 voted 3-0 to accept the donation of a two-faced, 220-pound, 12-foot-tall street clock. The timepiece, valued at about $8400, is a gift from the nonprofit La Mesa ...

La Mesans' gripes with group homes

Residential treatment facilities on Wellesley Street scrutinized

La Mesa vice mayor Bill Baber on October 2 will vote in favor of a League of California Cities resolution "to preserve therapeutic environments for group homes and avoid impacts of concentration of alcohol and ...

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