Liz Swain

Liz Swain is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Little Flower's nuns stymied by La Mesa city council

When Little Flower Haven closed in 2015, the Carmelites moved to Texas where the sisters operated Mount Carmel assisted-living home in Corpus Christi. The facility opened in 1953 and closed July 31, 2017, according to a June 9 Corpus Christi Caller-Times article. Reporter Julie Garcia interviewed Sister Mary Joseph Heisler about the decision based on a 2016 study. It indicated renovations would cost about $17 million for repairs such as mechanical systems that didn’t “tame the city's humid conditions any longer.” Garcia wrote that the building architecture was one of the “most one of the most unique in Corpus Christi,” and that it was “designed to look like a Spanish mission.” There are pictures of the building in her article and in Mary Cottingham’s June 6 South Texas Catholic piece about the closure. She wrote that Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey presided at an August 12 farewell Mass at Mount Carmel, and that the nuns would leave the property in mid-August. Heisler told Garcia that “the eight nuns will disperse throughout the order's North and Central provinces in the United States. Some could go overseas.”
— August 14, 2017 4:55 p.m.

Move over burger place, coffee place coming in The La Mesa Cocco’s (Lake Murray Blvd and Baltimore) is also missed by residents. The building remains empty. A couple blocks away at the Kiowa Drive entrance to Lake Murray is a Starbucks. It’s busy, housed in a former Mexican fast food restaurant and 1.6 miles from the Village Shopping Center. Here’s the image of the Starbucks proposed for that site.
— March 19, 2017 4:51 p.m.

Move over burger place, coffee place coming in

Thanks for the picture. Check out this YouTube of Jack in the Box Drive in the 1960s & 70s. There are several pictures of the building similar to the original Lake Murray Blvd. building, one at 1:15 minutes & two more around 1:29. I didn’t see all of the ads; it’s quite a trip down memory lane. I’ll have to check out Jack’s voice in the ads. I agree, that sandwich looks tasty.
— March 19, 2017 4:15 p.m.

La Mesa council votes for...cooperation?

**Other City Policies:** San Carlos is in San Diego’s District 7, which is represented by councilman Scott Sherman. His communications director, Jeff Powell, emailed information on October 13 about San Diego’s docketing policy. Rule 7.1 in Article 2 of the Administrative Code states, “Any member of the council or a council committee may initiate a request for request for council action for matters within the jurisdiction of the council.” Requests are placed on the adoption agenda “unless referred to committee by the council president.” The rule also describes actions that the president could take such as referring a request to the Committee on Rules. Sherman’s 2016 “council-initiated matters” included the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone that the council unanimously approved on February 29. Sherman’s office listed his name and that of County Board of Supervisors chairman Ron Roberts on the news release for the program “to help expand community access to fresh produce through a property tax incentive for urban agriculture on vacant, blighted land.” Roberts and vice chair Dianne Jacob “brought the urban agriculture zone issue to the board for consideration,” on November 18, 2015, according to the County News Center. In El Cajon, any councilmember “can put something on the agenda for discussion, but not [a] decision,” city spokeswoman Monica Zech said in an October 16 email. The councilmember “only can request that the discussion item be brought back on a future agenda for an actual decision” if a council majority “votes to do so.”
— October 18, 2016 10:47 a.m.

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