By Cassandra Penalver
Starting July 7, the city of La Mesa will be welcoming back the long-running Classic Car & Bike Show. The showcase meetup will run for a total of eight weeks, every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., concluding on Aug. 25.
La Mesa has been home to this classic car show for 23 years and many are looking forward to its return to the city after its yearlong hiatus in 2015. Read More
By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor
Back in the early 2000s, young San Diego resident and journeyman electrician Daniel Sullivan said he’d grown frustrated and even angry with California’s energy crisis and the country’s “unwarranted drum beat” towards a second war in Iraq. The recent birth of his son had also made him realize that he could no longer stand by and be complacent; he wanted to actively make the world a better place, and set himself on a path to do so.
Today he is the founder, president and CEO of Sullivan Solar Power, one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in America, and has installed over 5,000 solar energy systems throughout San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. Read More
Online contest introduces new site and Facebook page
By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
The city of La Mesa recently upgraded its online presence with a new website and a city Facebook page.
“The site is our latest step in introducing new pathways for people to engage in all that our city has to offer,” Mayor Mark Arapostathis said in a press release that corresponded with the new site’s official launch on June 1. “It’s a milestone in our commitment to providing outstanding community service.”
The new site, which cost $34,000, was directed by the City Council in April of last year in an effort to drive more residents to online resources. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer
For 95 years, Grossmont High School’s students and staff have taken great pride in the traditions surrounding graduation. Each year at graduation, the most outstanding seniors are recognized for their achievements. Thursday, June 16, 468 seniors became one of the nearly 36,000 Foothillers graduates.
Academically, several students were recognized for having the highest grade point average: two Salutatorians, Antonina Contreras (4.786 GPA) and Mattelyn Wadley (4.780 GPA), and Valedictorian Bradley Justice (4.833 GPA). Read More
Online retailer empowers women through fair trade business
By Kai Oliver-Kurtin
As a French native, La Mesa resident Antoine Didienne was familiar with fair trade business models and practices—more popular in Europe than the U.S.—before breaking into the business in 2012. As president of Vavavida, a fair trade online jewelry retailer that donates 10 percent of its revenue to nonprofits, Didienne helps empower underprivileged women around the world. Read More
By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads
In her June release, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” nonfiction writer and unlikely Reader’s Digest contributor Mary Roach sends dispatches from the front lines of military research. The human body took center stage in her previous bestsellers “Bonk” (sex), “Gulp” (digestion), and “Stiff” (cadavers). In “Grunt,” the star is the human research subject: fed caffeinated meat, armed with WWII-era shark repellent, and outfitted with a thermometer in an uncomfortable location, all in the pursuit of a safer and more effective soldier. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will be saluting the many accomplishments and bid a fond farewell to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle as they wrap up their nearly eight years in the White House. And we’ll have many notable guests to help commemorate the occasion with tributes, pictures, collectibles and remembrances. Read More
By Jay Steiger
The La Mesa National Little League Aztecs won the District 33 Majors Tournament of Champions (TOC) on June 16 after a long, hard-fought game against the Mission Trails Yankees.
District 33 Little League is a large area that includes local leagues from La Mesa to North Park and Rolando to Kearny Mesa. A total of 16 teams, including two from La Mesa National, played in the TOC. Both La Mesa National teams advanced through many rounds of play to the semifinals, with the La Mesa Bruins losing to Mission Trails, and the Aztecs defeating the San Carlos Cubs. Read More
By Julie White
Nothing beats the taste of fresh sherbet on a hot summer day. This recipe works best made in an ice cream maker but will still be delicious frozen in a freezer-safe dish. Happy Fourth of July! Read More
By Noah Henkell
For just over half a century, La Mesa resident Ned Wilson has had the privilege of educating roughly 7,500 students in the fields of biology, chemistry, animal behavior, ecology, anatomy and physiology, Earth science, and Western Civilization at St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Wilson, better known as “Sir” by the student body, has taught over 1,500 classes at the all-boys Catholic institution and has been a fixture at St. Augustine extra-curricular events for decades. Read More
By Dianne Jacob
Smart spending: The county’s new budget includes more money for public safety, mental health programs and services for the elderly.
While the budget trims spending overall, it allows for the expansion of programs aimed at helping the mentally ill, including the homeless, and seniors who want to stay in their homes as they age. Read More
By Judy McCarty
Fresh off our successful Luncheon and Style Show and the California primary election, NCRWF members are celebrating the re-election of Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Scott Sherman and Supervisor Dianne Jacob who represent the area of our membership. With the coming November general election, the membership can now focus on state and national campaigns as well as a few local run-off elections. Read More
By Andy Cohen
Much like Duncan Hunter in last month’s column, it was a rough May for Darrell Issa (R-49).
First, there was the serious matter of the Congressional investigation of the IRS, with Republicans seeking to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for singling out conservative organizations that claimed tax exempt status; accusations that have been proven again and again to be baseless after numerous Issa investigations as Chair of the House Oversight Committee. Read More
By Kelsey Lindelof
Although Covered California’s open-enrollment period ended Jan. 31, the door is not closed to uninsured Californians who have experienced life-changing events like having a baby, losing health insurance that had been provided by their job or moving a long distance.
“Over the past two years, I’ve witnessed numerous patients who went years without properly treating health issues and seen them resolve it through the coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Stan Frencher, the medical director of surgical outcomes and quality at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles. Read More
By Cate Kortzeborn
It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life.
As soon as you stop, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. You’ll also save money and you won’t have to run outside your home or office every time the urge to light up hits you! Read More
By Molly Kirkland
Not long ago, I spoke with a renter who told me about some trouble he was having with a smoke detector in his San Diego apartment.
The device was installed just outside a bathroom, and unless the bathroom door was securely shut, the shower steam would set off the alarm. This resident resorted to covering the hypersensitive smoke detector with tape and a paper towel.
Please, don’t try this at home! Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
I’ve eaten inside liquor stores before — pizza at Fiori’s in Mission Hills, a lobster roll at Corner Liquor in Normal Heights, and a memorable “meter feeder” ham-and-Swiss sandwich in the presence of attorneys making liquid purchases at Mixon Liquor and Deli near the Downtown courthouse. But in terms of ambiance, nothing beats KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer
This month we’d like to take a moment and reflect on some of the good news at Grossmont High School (GHS) this school year.
On May 6, students and faculty rallied around Ryan Wilcox, who has been battling cancer most of his life. Read More
Coffee shop builds community downstairs, supports community upstairs
By Jay Anderson
Aaron Henderson grew up in the La Mesa–Spring Valley area and has returned to open a new coffee shop coming to the Village called Public Square, located on La Mesa Boulevard where Cosmos Coffee formerly operated.
Public Square is not merely taking over the old Cosmos shop; it is undertaking a major renovation to transform it to include spacious indoor and outdoor seating, a concert stage, and the coffee bar. Additionally, Henderson intends to convert some of the second-floor rooms of the Historic La Mesa Hotel for after-school programs and tutoring use. Read More
By Julie White
This classic summer salad originates from France. The word “Nicoise” is from the type of olives that are recommended. They are not necessary, canned or jarred black olives work fine. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
It’ll be another star-studded affair for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. On Wednesday, June 1, just six days before the vital California Primary Election, none other than Francine Busby will highlight our program. Head of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Busby is a frequent guest of the club and will no doubt give her progress report on the state of Democratic candidates running for office in many crucial primary races. Read More
By Jake Sexton
Our library system will soon start its Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages La Mesans to read more books, and provides special programs and events based on that year’s chosen theme. This yearly tradition benefits younger readers by keeping their minds engaged during summer months, and also serves to entertain and inspire all age groups. This year’s theme “For the Win” focuses on games and sports, so we’ll talk about books on those topics. Read More