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Ferret-friendly

By Joyell Nevins… [more]

Ferret-friendly Ferret-friendly

Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse

By Rick Griffin… [more]

Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt… [more]

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

City’s draft climate plan is released

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor… [more]

City’s draft climate plan is released City’s draft climate plan is released

Achieving success and giving back

By Karen Ronney… [more]

Achieving success and giving back Achieving success and giving back

Calendar & Briefs

Guest Editorial: Balanced budgets: a good habit to have

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

Calendar: July 28–Aug. 24, 2017

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

Guest Editorial: Taming Big Pharma

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

La Mesa News Briefs – July 28, 2017

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