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Stories by Liz Swain

End of the line for Carl's Jewelers

After three generations, the family craft won't be passed on

Health issues led the late Carl Goldberg to move his family from New York to San Carlos, where he opened Carl's Jewelers in 1978. His daughter Adele (Goldberg) Garland's health issues prompted a "Going Out ...

New La Mesa library? Eh.

New city hall and 180-car parking garage, definitely

Although the La Mesa branch library wasn't included in the study unanimously authorized by the La Mesa City Council on August 11, La Mesa Friends of the Library president John Schmitz implored the council to ...

Two Oktoberfest weekends possible for La Mesa

Downtown permit conditional on payment of fees

People who enjoy October celebrations featuring a beer garden and entertainment could have two weekends for celebrating in La Mesa. The La Mesa City Council on July 28 voted 4-1 to approve the La Mesa ...

More '60s homes in Del Cerro

Future residents stuck going north on College Avenue

Traffic was the primary concern of residents attending a July 23 presentation about a proposal to build 26 single-family homes on a 5.6-acre vacant site located south of the Del Cerro Boulevard/College Avenue intersection and ...

Park Station plans on hold

The decisions of South Baltimore, LLC, to put on hold its plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa means there will be no hearing at the July 28 La Mesa City Council ...

SANDAG to consider design modifications to Alvarado Creek

Vote comes on the heels of heavy flooding in the area

Today the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board will consider whether to approve the City of San Diego's application for a $400,000 Smart-Growth grant to be used for design modifications to Alvarado Creek north ...

In pursuit of calm in La Mesa

Revamp of Harbinson Avenue after traffic circles fail

Three months after the La Mesa City Council voted to remove two traffic circles on Harbinson Avenue, lawmakers on July 14 unanimously approved a plan to slow traffic through an estimated $41,000 worth of traffic-calming ...

Theft a testament to soccer's popularity?

Crusaders' signs stolen — "This was not a prank"

Between the evening of June 23 and the morning of June 24, a Crusaders banner and 70 signs for the youth-soccer organization were stolen, primarily from locations on Navajo Road in San Carlos and Waring ...

Telecoiled around the Lord

Churches (and elsewhere) amp up cochlear implants to help hard-of-hearing

A new message greeted parishioners entering St. Dunstan Episcopal Church for the 8 a.m. service on June 28. A sign advised people to "Get in the Hearing Loop" by turning hearing aids and cochlear implants ...

Raise the deck, remove the heads

The definitive La Mesa water-conservation report

During the past year, the City of La Mesa's water-conservation efforts included removing 351 irrigation heads on Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive medians and redirecting spray heads to trees on the medians, according to ...

Meanwhile, over at Canine Corners...

La Mesans discuss raising dogs-per-household limit from 2 to 4

About four hours before the La Mesa City Council's May 26 discussion of a proposal to raise the number of dogs allowed in a home from two to four, people in Canine Corners dog park ...

Six stories on Baltimore? No, no, no

And does anyone remember the Classic Cat in La Mesa?

The La Mesa Planning Commission on May 20 voted 4-2 against recommending that the city council approve the revised specific plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa, a mixed-use development proposed for ...

Does the Junk House encourage junk art?

Adobe Falls residents seek action to stop spray-painters

In response to concerns about Adobe Falls that Del Cerro residents raised last month, representatives from District 7 city councilman Scott Sherman's office will meet May 13 with San Diego State University staff, Liz Saidkhanian ...

Allied Gardens gets lucky in produce department

Farmers' market on the way for residents who miss their grocery store

Last October 18, Allied Gardens residents celebrated their neighborhood's 60th birthday in the Waring Road parking lot where original shopping-center businesses included Food Basket. The grocery store became a Lucky store and was an Albertsons ...

La Mesa drug dog retires at age 49

With his partner, 2700 grams of narcotics detected in six years

The La Mesa City Council unanimously authorized the retirement of police narcotic-detection dog Maximus "Max" on April 14. His partner, officer Derek Cox, was allowed to adopt the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. During their six-year ...

Will trade my green for your brown

Citizens and companies reap what they throw away from Miramar Greenery

The Miramar Greenery in the Miramar Landfill offers free mulch and compost to San Diego residents, materials that could provide some relief during drought-tightened water restrictions. "Compost when incorporated into soil before planting helps reduce ...

Where's my green-waste container?

San Carlos resident (and others) wonder when their wheeled bin will arrive

San Diego's automated curbside yard-waste-recycling pilot program expanded to San Carlos in May 2013 when about 5500 green containers were delivered to residents. Last January 7, a woman at the San Carlos Area Council meeting ...

She didn't like Mondays, they don't want plaque moved

Some say "no" to relocation of memorial honoring victims of Brenda Spencer

A representative from the company that wants to develop the former Grover Cleveland Elementary School site said on March 24 that there are no plans for the property, which is in escrow. However, the bid ...

Get it all out now, park abusers

Fence project to protect Mission Trails soon to begin

Nearly nine months after a driver crashed through a guardrail at the end of Cowles Mountain Boulevard, residents of the Cottages condominium complex have a timeline from the City of San Diego for the installation ...

We're not the morality police, but...

Navajo Community Planners vote to not recommend medical pot facility

After nearly 90 minutes discussing the topic, Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on February 25, voted 14-2 against a motion to recommend that the City of San Diego approve a conditional use permit for SDUG, Inc., ...

Older than Hell

100 years later — the plan for La Mesa's Collier Park

By 9:30 a.m. on February 25, Collier Park tennis-court nets were lowered for the pickleball games that are played Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in La Mesa's oldest park. As players with paddles concentrated on ...

La Mesa's ugly corner

Litter, graffiti, weeds, and rodents contribute to eyesore

La Mesa resident Linda Johnson walks frequently through her hometown and is on the board of La Mesa Beautiful. The nonprofit organization "works collectively to preserve and increase the beauty" of the city, according to ...

Something feral this way comes

With springtime's approach, the kitties are homeless again

La Mesa resident Tiffany heard the distinctive sounds of cat courtship in January and knew she would again face the issue of feral cats near her home. "We've been struggling [with it] since we moved ...

Fix the flooding, fix the roads

Grantville planners okay environmental report to make way for development

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., voted 10-2 last week to support the City of San Diego in certifying the draft environmental impact report for a Navajo community-plan amendment that would add 8275 residential units to Grantville. ...

Who crashed up Grantville's multi-thousand-dollar sign?

Investigation of December 15 hit-and-run incident continues

During the first week of February, more details emerged from the San Diego Police Department about the December 15 hit-and-run incident involving a driver who struck and demolished the cobblestone-and-mortar Grantville/Mission Valley community sign and ...

Grossmont Center History 101

And a little about its future, according to Stephen Cushman

With the January 10 expiration of Grossmont Center's 50-year lease, Cushman family members are "no longer passive owners" of the property, Stephen Cushman said at the January 27 La Mesa City Council meeting. Cushman said ...

Wildcats with weed —thanks, Reader and CityBeat

City attorney addresses pot-shop permitting at community meeting

City attorney Jan Goldsmith's January 27 talk about medical marijuana dispensaries in Grantville began with him referring to long-ago election results. He spoke to a capacity audience at the Allied Gardens-Grantville Community Council town hall. ...

What's new with the ole swimmin hole?

La Mesa pool to reopen soon

December rain delayed the reopening of the La Mesa municipal pool and spa until February 2. The weather caused a delay in work to replace a portion of the pool deck, according to a January ...

Kids, crayons, and cookies welcome

San Carlos library opens Chat Room

Forty-one years after the January 9, 1974, opening of the San Carlos branch library, patrons can eat, drink, and talk in the library. Those activities are allowed, and food and beverages are provided, in the ...

The fateful free cookie

Mission Gorge area to shed industrial zoning

Navajo Community Planners voted unanimously on December 15 to recommend denial of a conditional-use permit for Living Green, a medical marijuana cooperative currently operating in a 2844 square-foot, two-story building on the 4400 block of ...

Art was crucified

Amicable end to the La Mesa mayor’s era

While 38th District state senator Joel Anderson showed up at the December 9 La Mesa City Council meeting to honor outgoing lawmakers Art Madrid and Ernie Ewin, former San Diego mayor Dick Murphy (a retired ...

Chips truck and the chief to retire

La Mesa top cop Ed Aceves and converted Doritos police van to hit the road

The new year will bring the retirement of La Mesa police chief Ed Aceves as well as the 1995 Frito-Lay delivery truck purchased in 2002 and converted into a mobile command vehicle. Twelve years ago, ...

Social media has wrecked Cowles Mountain

Some say additional parking will bring more people to the area

A majority of Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on November 17 voted to recommend that the City of San Diego add 17 parallel-parking spaces near Cowles Mountain by removing the red curb on a portion of ...

This is not another weed ad in the Reader

La Mesa prepares to close illegal dispensaries after Prop J's failure

Since La Mesa voters on November 4 rejected a proposition to authorize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of La Mesa will notify three dispensaries that they have ten days to "stop their business ...

Who is Greg Saska?

Carlsbad man who lost home in fire didn't leave neighborhood for long

In the six months since the May 14 Poinsettia Fire destroyed his two-bedroom adobe house, Greg Saska went from sleeping in his 1976 Mercedes 450 SE to living in a tent and then a 576-square-foot ...

SDSU students and parolees with intentions

Amount of Adobe Falls trespassers is down, but problems not over

The San Diego State University Police Department's efforts to keep trespassers out of Adobe Falls has resulted in "many fewer calls for service," corporal Mark Peterson told the Del Cerro Council on October 23. However, ...

Shrinkage of La Mesa parcel development

Some residents demand "no more than 4" stories; revised plan proposes 10

The La Mesa Planning Commission on October 1 voted 6-1 to recommend that the city council deny a specific plan for Crossroads of La Mesa at Park Station, a mixed-use project that would raise the ...

Here comes the neighborhood

La Mesa mobile-home park for seniors closes; nine homes planned for site

The La Mesa City Council last week unanimously approved a relocation impact report for Jennings Senior Park, a now-closed mobile-home park located on the 7300 block of Mohawk Street. A sign formerly displayed at the ...

Talking the talk in La Mesa

Council and mayoral candidates say what's on their minds at forum

At a September 18 candidates’ forum sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, two mayoral hopefuls and five candidates for two city-council seats spoke to an audience of about 100 people. Topics included their ...

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 ...

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 ...

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