2-Man Show: American Standards Music and Vocals
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By Sen. Toni G. Atkins
This is beginning to be a habit – a good one for the people of California: For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature on June 15 passed a state budget that is balanced and forwarded to the governor on time. The 2017-18 budget is strong, prudent and progressive. As in recent years, it saves more money for a rainy day and at the same time invests in programs that will help our residents succeed. I was proud to vote for it. Read More
La Mesa/East County Bancroft Exchange
Saturday, July 29
Bring your homegrown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams, succulents and more for this local exchange! Lunch and a California Rare Fruit Growers meeting will follow. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at 3845 Spring Drive. Visit bit.ly/2vXyqrp. Read More
By James D. Veltmeyer, M.D.
Millions of people were outraged in 2015 when Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a 62-year-old drug considered the gold standard in the treatment of a life-threatening parasitic infection from $13.50 to $750 overnight — a 5,000-plus percent increase. Likewise, the cost of the drug cycloserine, used to treat multidrug resistant tuberculosis, jumped from $500 for 30 pills to $10,800 after its acquisition by Rodelis Therapeutics.
We also learned of the soaring cost of EpiPen as well as price increases ranging from 200 percent to 500 percent for two life-saving heart treatments manufactured by Valeant of Canada, the nation that is the Promised Land to advocates of single-payer health care. In one especially notable case, Questcor Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a multiple sclerosis drug from $1,235 per vial to more than $29,000! Read More
Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta
Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 by Sharp HospiceCare, the Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association to benefit the Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program.
On Friday, there will be a pre-race event at Hotel del Coronado located at 1500 Orange Ave. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., includes a full-course dinner, dancing and a silent auction with a ticket price of $195. Read More
2-Man Show: American Standards Music and Vocals
Friday, July 28
By David Dixon
One of the fresh aspects about San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of the 1990s-themed musical, “Pump Up the Volume,” is the casting of up-and-coming performers.
Seven players take part in a revue that features renditions of songs from the likes of Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, U2, Jennifer Lopez and Boyz II Men. There are also references to shows like “Animaniacs,” “Power Rangers,” “Pokemon” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.”
A major star in the show is La Mesa resident/performer/singer, Cassie Bowerman. Read More
By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
On June 29, construction workers raised and installed the final beam for the frame of Alvarado Hospital’s emergency room expansion.
To celebrate the milestone, construction workers and hospital staff gathered for a ceremony that included speeches, food and the signing of the last beam. In a tradition of ironworkers, the final beam was strapped with an American flag and a small pine tree. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Oscar Acosta recalls telling his wife, Dulce, before they got married, “One day we’re going to have a restaurant.”
The couple first met at a farmers market in their native Mexico City. They eventually moved to Spring Valley, where they run one of the best and most underrated Mexican restaurants in San Diego County called Ranas Mexico City Cuisine. Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
Democrats outnumber Republicans in La Mesa, Lemon Grove and San Diego, yet there are scores of seats on local boards and jurisdictions where Republicans run unopposed every election cycle.
How do we convince Democrats to run for office? What inspired some of our area’s most notable political heavyweights to run for public office in the first place? Ego, power, money, fame, or altruism? Or a combination of these factors? Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer | Foothillers Footsteps
The students and staff of Grossmont High School (GHS) are quite proud of some recent achievements by the Foothiller students, staff and community. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members as well. And while I try to find more positive events to discuss, the unfavorable tends to be far more common.
Happily, this month is different. Read More
By Nathaniel Malicdem
Business leader, teacher, scholar, pioneer, administrator, and mother of three daughters: these are just a few words that can be used to describe Evelyn Wills’ lifetime of achievements and remarkable success. Read More
By Della Elliott
Last week’s commencement of the first Ford ASSET graduates at Cuyamaca College since 2013 was a double cause for celebration. The 16 students were the first to graduate since the program was brought back from a two-year hiatus and a new class is set to begin in the fall with online innovations designed to draw students from beyond San Diego County. Read More
Dieticians weigh in on summer snacking
By Sharp Health News
Summer calls for day trips to the park or beach, which involve carefully packing the car with chairs, towels, sunscreen, hats, games and a perfect combination of snacks.
However, a long day away from home does not mean you have to resort to greasy pizza, salty chips and boiled hot dogs from local vendors. Instead, with a little preparation and these tips from Sharp HealthCare dietitians, you can pack a healthy and delicious picnic for the whole family. Read More
By Julie White | What’s Cooking with Julie
When the hot August summer nights hit, this is a go-to salad. Don’t be afraid to use the fish sauce in the recipe. It adds a delicate, salty flavor that is hard to duplicate. You can even buy a rotisserie chicken from the store and ginger in a tube to make your salad. Read More
By Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women
If you missed our terrific “Navajo Nights” in July, you will want to mark your calendars now for our Aug. 10 reprise. This time, Barry Jantz, CEO of Grossmont Health District and retired La Mesa City Council member, will provide timely and informed comments and have time to answer lots of questions. Read More
Pedestrian traffic tribulation
Individuals, twosomes, threesomes, twosomes with five dogs, joggers, individuals with dogs, parents pushing strollers — even foursomes — are hazarding themselves and the operators of motor vehicles by walking in local roadways. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
Scram, scammers: Many crooks think seniors are easy to rip off, so it’s important we do all we can to fight these frauds.
I recently had the chance to speak with leaders of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors as they launched an initiative to combat financial crimes against older residents.
In recent years, the District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their efforts to fight scammers, with the help of a public awareness campaign called “Don’t Get Hooked.” Read More
By Jake Sexton | La Mesa Reads
Late July brings Comic-Con to the San Diego region; and with it, a ready excuse to talk about one of my great loveås: comics and graphic novels. Many adults immediately think of “Archie,” “Garfield,” or “Peanuts,” but the titles I discuss below aren’t suitable for kids. Like any novel, they touch on humans’ dark obsessions, motivations, and emotions. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review
Comforting ramen has arrived to La Mesa. So have a couple of unique sakes that are hard to find outside of BLVD Noodles, the neighborhood’s first and overdue Japanese-inspired eatery that opened on the village strip a few months ago.
One of the sakes is a sea-green Bushido on nitro, which imparts a faint, creamy fizz to the Japanese rice wine. The other comes in a can that you have to shake 20 times before it turns into something of a sparkling Jell-O shot. It’s fun and novel. Read More
By Lauren Smith
San Diego Oasis, a local branch of the nonprofit organization Oasis, which promotes successful aging in adults over 50, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony in La Mesa on Wednesday, June 7.
The organization is excited about its move to the Grossmont Shopping Center in hopes of being able to reach more senior community members. Read More
By Anne Krueger
Students looking to become an elementary school teacher can earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Cuyamaca College through a new partnership launching this fall with one of the Midwest’s top regional public universities.
Under the agreement, Valley City State University (VCSU) in Valley City, North Dakota, will provide instruction both online and at Cuyamaca College to students who have earned an associate degree at the Rancho San Diego campus. A VCSU counselor will also be stationed at Cuyamaca College to work with students in setting up an educational plan. Read More
Girl Scout to go on cultural immersion trip
By Cynthia Robertson
Being in Girl Scouts has taught St. Martin’s Academy student Alexandria Freeman to go the extra mile in all she does. She had that in mind when she applied for travel opportunities with the Girl Scouts Destinations program. As a result, on July 8, Freeman will be going on a trip for 10 days with 14 other Girl Scouts from around the world to India. Read More
By Alex Owens
Eleven years ago, Dr. Mark Arapostathis had his hands full running Peter Pan Junior Theater and working on his doctorate.
The program maxes out at the eighth grade, but when former students had a request he couldn’t let them down. Read More
Sundays at Six
The city of La Mesa presents a free Summer Concert Series featuring local bands in June and July. Family-friendly. 6-7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St. Visit lamesaparks.org.
June 25: Fanny and the Atta Boys
July 9: Dim the Lights
July 16: Fringe Benefitz
July 23: Sonic Epidemic Read More
By Jennifer Osborn | Helix Highlights
Graduation marks the end of the school year, and on June 1, 542 Helix students donned their caps and gowns to participate in Helix’s commencement ceremonies. This is the largest graduating class in at least the past two decades.
People might picture a quiet campus with no activity during the summer months, but nothing could be further from the truth at Helix. This campus never sleeps! There is still work to be done, and there is plenty going on at Helix. Read More