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Connecting with the people of North Korea

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

This summer, it’s been impossible to avoid media coverage of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and his country’s nuclear capability. We read far more about the 33-year-old Kim — characterized in the news as an unstable, unseasoned dictator spoiled by a life of privilege — than we read about the people who live under him.

Because several generations have passed since the Kim family took power, there are few North Koreans who remember life before dictatorship. The majority of North Korean citizens were born into an all-encompassing public fealty to a godlike ruler, having no perspective to challenge this. What are their hopes and motivations?

Letters to the Editor – Aug. 25, 2017

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Featured, Letters to the editor, Opinion | 1 Comment

Tribulations for pedestrians, too

Re: Letters: Pedestrian traffic tribulation [Volume 7, Issue 7 or bit.ly/2vMaJqm]

The people of La Mesa do walk on our streets as individuals, twosomes, threesomes, joggers, individuals with dogs, parents pushing strollers, and so forth. And yes, they are hazarding themselves and vehicles by walking in roadways.

News and notes from your County Supervisor – Aug. 25, 2017

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Columns, Dianne’s Corner, Featured | No Comments

By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner

Fighting for families: San Diego County recently rolled out a powerful new tool to help families find quality residential care for the elderly. It’s called Choose Well. It’s an online search tool and ratings system designed to guide families to the most appropriate assisted living facility for their loved one. 

I first proposed the site in 2014. About 120 facilities have volunteered to fully participate in it, with more expected to be added in coming months. 

Breathing new life into popular music

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

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. […]

Alvarado Hospital expansion well underway

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

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 […]

‘Hands of love’

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | 3 Comments

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 […]

Hearing from our veterans

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

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 […]