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

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 ...

La Mesa's last skirmishes with illegal pot dispensaries?

An assessment of landscape in advance of November 8 vote

La Mesa voters on November 8 will decide whether to approve a citizen-sponsored initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, a proposal voters rejected in November 2014. Since then, the La Mesa City ...

Police review-board rundown

Which cities will respond to county grand jury report?

The Citizens Review Board measure on the November 8 ballot changes the name of San Diego’s Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices to the Community Review Board on Police Practices. The measure requiring review of ...

Adobe Falls trespassers keep trespassing

Residents, officials seek end to "cat-and-mouse game"

Residents at the July 28 Del Cerro Action Council meeting voiced concern about people trespassing in their yards to go to Adobe Falls, which is in a canyon south of homes and north of westbound ...

La Mesa's Oktoberfest becomes different animal

City hires event company charged with making it authentically German

The La Mesa City Council on June 28 voted unanimously to stage Oktoberfest, a rebranded three-day event that will start September 30 and be managed by EventWerks, LLC. EventWerks’ website shows Oktoberfests in Orange County, ...

La Mesa car show series gets the green light

Stopped for a year due to Streetscape, council votes yea

The La Mesa City Council on May 24 gave the green light to sponsoring the City of La Mesa Classic Car Show on La Mesa Boulevard on eight Thursdays, starting July 7; the shows will ...

La Mesa's Legacy Park nearly done

Loaded with symbols of city's history — time capsule to make more

People passing by the intersection of La Mesa Boulevard and Allison Avenue have seen a former traffic island transformed into a triangle now named Legacy Park. Eight mosaic-covered columns and a 450-pound bronze snail are ...

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