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Sheriff Bill Gore to keynote Republican Women meeting

By Judy McCarty

Suddenly San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore finds himself dealing with a new state law declaring California a sanctuary state, restricting local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. This puts California at odds with the federal government, especially at the seven detention facilities his office operates.

Since local, state and national law enforcement agencies have worked diligently through the years to forge a positive partnership of coordination and communication, Sheriff Gore’s diplomacy and 47 years’ public safety experience will be put to the test.

Books that transport you

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

I often joke that the library performs miracles, evidenced by the constant supply of forgotten canes and walking sticks in our lost-and-found department.

The library doesn’t actually make readers stride unaided into the next chapter of their lives, but we do provide such funny and absorbing books that customers often forget the troubles they arrived with. Below are some titles that will transport you to another time, place, and life.

Atkins to lead forum on homeless

By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch

As homelessness continues to be one of San Diego County’s greatest public policy humanitarian challenges, there’s a big opportunity for local Democrats to learn more about the issue. The Nov. 1 meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) will feature a keynote presentation by Sen. Toni Atkins at 7 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive.

For the love of parks

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Gen-X in a Millennial World | No Comments

By Genevieve Suzuki

Our parks are a gift, La Mesa, and the sooner you realize it, the better it will be for your families and pocketbooks.

As a parent who lives in this fine city, I can’t get enough of our free spaces. My son, a 2 year old who sometimes seems as though he could have inspired the character of Damian from “The Omen,” loves to run around the grassy areas and watch his big sister happily climb the jungle gyms and swing from the bars.

Family Wellness Center offers new therapeutic services

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Featured | No Comments

By Cassandra Penalver

Often, when somebody thinks of children, they envision them playing at a park with friends or perhaps eagerly learning in school.

It might not be often that people think of or realize that children are struggling with behavioral, emotional or developmental disorders — and even less often are people aware that help and support is not typically readily available for these children and their families.

Colleges looking to fill food pantry cupboards

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | College, Featured, News | No Comments

By Della Elliott 

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have long been filling the minds of students with knowledge. Now they are looking to help fill their stomachs as well, and are seeking the public’s help.

Studies, including a survey of the two colleges, have shown that food insecurity among college students is a significant problem, so the campuses are both setting up food pantries to help needy students. Cuyamaca College’s Harvest Pantry started Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester. Grossmont College’s Gizmo Kitchen kicked off Aug. 25, with a noon-2 p.m. grand opening in Griffin Gate in the student center.

Arts Calendar: Sept. 22–Oct. 26, 2017

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Arts Calendar, Calendar, Featured | No Comments

MUSIC NOTES

Live music at San Pasqual Winery
Saturdays; Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21

San Pasqual Winery presents music acts: Andrew Parker Davis on Sept. 23; Ray Bautista on Oct. 7; Andrew Parker Davis on Oct. 14; Eric French on Oct. 21. Seating is first come, first served. No cover. 7–10 p.m. at La Mesa Village, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2kIRWXx.

The hidden meat smoker at Grossmont Center

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Past pretty flower beds leading to the indoor food court, and then through its second set of doors near Dante’s Pizza, is Grossmont Center’s big barbecue secret. But if you’re sniffing around for it on weekends or any late afternoon, you’ll be let down.

Smokin Blaine’s BBQ operates only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Marked by a quaint wooden façade with two windows flanking the entrance, the 600-square-foot eatery resides in an unseen nook partly enclosed by an outer wall of Macy’s.