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La Mesa News Briefs: Oct. 27 – Nov. 23, 2017

Oasis named finalist in Nonprofit Pitch Fest

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization with office locations in La Mesa and Escondido, was named a finalist in ESET’s Nonprofit Pitch Fest.

Nonprofit organizations submitted essays on how their program would contribute to the next 30 years of innovation in their community. Out of more than 30 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, San Diego Oasis was selected and will be awarded a $2,000 prize.

Local group recognizes beautiful landscaping

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

La Mesa Beautiful may have been founded more than 40 years ago, but organization secretary and board member Linda Johnson admits that many La Mesans continue to be unfamiliar with who they are and what they do.

“We’re a small but mighty group of volunteers,” Johnson said. “Our primary goal is to make and keep La Mesa beautiful, and our main activities involve recognizing and rewarding landscapes that exemplify how to beautify La Mesa.”

The new and the old of La Mesa Oktoberfest

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

This year’s Oktoberfest will again see some changes now that the city of La Mesa has officially gotten out of the event-planning business.

In 2016, city officials decided to take on the production of Oktoberfest when they realized that the future of the event was in jeopardy. This year, they’ve passed the torch to the newly formed La Mesa Village Association (LMVA).

Howling for forever homes

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Features, From the cover, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Butler

If you’re looking for Halloween plans that are more sweet than spooky, Howl-O-Ween Hounds may just be the treat for you.

Howl-O-Ween Hounds, an adoption event at Grossmont Center, brings together dozens of pet adoption agencies ­— 23 and counting, at the time of publication — in an effort to connect these animals with loving owners.

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.

Bringing music to the table in La Mesa

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | 4 Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

When I moved from La Mesa to Normal Heights four years ago, I thought I was going to reside in a hotbed for live music, as I’d be walk-ably close to Adams Avenue and North Park with their plentiful venues and numerous street fairs.

Little did I know La Mesa was going to experience a live-music renaissance of its own, with an up-and-coming culinary scene to boot.

Housing project approved with second vote

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

At its Sept. 12 meeting, La Mesa City Council reversed an earlier decision to reject the proposed Little Flower Haven housing project at 8585 La Mesa Blvd.

The housing project by Silvergate Development will build 130 units on the property that used to be owned by the Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus. The project will keep some of the existing façade of the church building, and add additional buildings and a parking lot.

La Mesa News Briefs – Sept. 22, 2017

Chamber holiday giving programs The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has announced two special programs for giving during the upcoming holiday season. The first is an annual program to “adopt” homebound seniors. This year, 20 women and four men will be the recipients of collected items such as canned soups and vegetables, lotions, soaps, socks, […]

This old house

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Features, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Just two years after Terry and Pam Hovland bought their house at 8602 Echo Drive in 1979, the couple got an unusual request from the city of La Mesa.

“In 1981, they came and knocked on my front door and they said, ‘We’d like to have your house included in our historic inventory of potential landmarks,’” Terry Hovland said. “From that point on, I had interest in finding out more about the house.”