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

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 ...

Former mayor Murphy objects to Bat Quarry

Mission Trails committee decides on naming and renaming trails

The Mission Trails Regional Park citizens' advisory committee on September 2 voted to recommend naming three trails and renaming two quarries and two park entrances. Former San Diego mayor Dick Murphy served on a subcommittee ...

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) ...

When horseless, bike

Plans proceed for city-sanctioned BMX park

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on August 18 voted unanimously in favor of developing a 12.5-acre bike-skills park in Mission Trails Regional Park, creating an adjacent 2-acre park, and upgrading the 4.3-mile portion of the San ...

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 ...

Violence a world away protested in El Cajon

"If they are killing us in the name of Jesus, we need to unite."

About 150 people and a light rain showed up at Prescott Promenade on August 2 for an evening rally to protest violence against Christians in Iraq and Syria. The rally, organized by the San Diego ...

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 ...

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