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

Little Flower's nuns stymied by La Mesa city council

"I've never seen such a rude group of people"

A La Mesa City Council 2-2 vote on August 8 stalled Silvergate Development’s plan to convert the now-closed Little Flower Haven Catholic retirement home at 8585 La Mesa Boulevard into the 130-unit Little Flower apartment ...

Adobe Falls lovers pin hopes on Sally Roush

Trashers really started growing around 2014

Grease, bees, and dog walks are among the methods that Del Cerro residents have used to deter trespassers from going to Adobe Falls, according to the discussion during Eric Frost’s talk at the July 27 ...

Developers of Little Flower apartments tussle with La Mesa neighbors

Parking is the sticking point

The La Mesa Planning Commission on June 7 was scheduled to consider approving a special permit for Silvergate Development’s conversion of Little Flower Haven, a Catholic retirement home that closed in 2015, into a 130-unit ...

Whither La Mesa's old police station, the farmers market?

City council works deal with SDG&E, water authority

The La Mesa police station at 8085 University Avenue opened in 2012, and it’s been five years since the old station located at 8181 Allison Avenue was demolished. The sight of fencing and equipment on ...

Weird crimes so far this year in La Mesa

The hatchet, the drug dealer, and two staged robberies

According to La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez’s quarterly operations report for the first three months of 2017, the city’s one homicide was related to a 1996 incident where a man attacked his mother with ...

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.

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