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Ferret-friendly

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Joyell Nevins

A group fighting a 20-year legal battle is now employing a new tactic. “Legalize Ferrets,” founded by La Mesa resident Pat Wright, still has the ultimate goal of having ferrets as legal domestic pets in the state of California — but now they are working with council members to declare the city of La Mesa a “ferret-friendly” or “ferret sanctuary” city.

“We know there are ferrets and people who love ferrets in our city,” La Mesa councilwoman Kristine Alessio told the Legalize Ferrets group at a meet-and-greet on July 15. “I have taken on the challenge.”

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

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Rick Griffin

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has begun construction of its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. The new clubhouse is located past a ball field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy.

The new 26,000-square-foot Brady Family Clubhouse will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. The clubhouse will feature a learning center and homework study room named the Gagon Academy, plus a full-service kitchen and nutrition center and the Little Rascals area for 5- to 7-year-olds. It will also showcase the 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after the Helix High graduate (class of 1970) and TV basketball broadcaster on the PAC 12 network.

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 […]

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

La Mesa’s Mt. Helix will come alive with the sound of music — and food, drink, art, dancing and general frivolity — at the 10th annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is for adults only, age 21 and older.

The fundraiser is organized by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, which serves as trustee of the private family trust that established the park in 1929. The event raises a third of the park’s annual $300,000 budget, which funds park operations.

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 […]

Special education teacher honored

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, News | 1 Comment

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.

City’s draft climate plan is released

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

La Mesa got one step closer to its goal of passing its Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the release of a draft copy this month.

The new draft of the CAP coincides with state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 40 percent below that by 2035. A previous draft only included the necessary reductions for 2020 goals and was criticized for not being a serious document — a complaint that the city wanted to rectify.

Ford ASSET grads navigating new roads 

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

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 […]

Achieving success and giving back

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Karen Ronney

Lauren Haneke-Hopp believes in dreaming big, achieving her goals, and then paying it forward. The adaptive athlete is on her way to the pinnacle of wheelchair tennis success and recently took time to inspire younger players to do the same. In addition to her busy schedule, she volunteers to coach younger wheelchair athletes to pave the road to tennis success.    

Hanake-Hopps, a La Mesa resident who is now a sophomore at the University of Alabama, picked up a tennis racket in the seventh grade. Her dreams were to make the girls’ varsity team at Patrick Henry High and one day play in the 2020 Paralympics. She didn’t know how it would happen, just that she wanted it to become her future reality.

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 […]