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Spiritual shop hosts events on ghost hunting and more

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

By Jeff Clementson | Editor

Spirits, specters, ghosts — everyone loves sharing their favorite stories about them around the campfire. But what if they are more than mere stories in your life? What can you do to protect yourself? What kind of evidence of their existence might be out there?

These are the questions a unique, new program called “Paranormal Investigations” at Myztic Isle, a spiritual shop in the La Mesa Springs shopping center, seeks to answer.

Briercrest breaks ground

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

By Jeff Clemetson

On Sept. 26, a long-time goal of the city to develop the property at 9000 Murray Drive came to fruition at a groundbreaking ceremony for Briercrest of La Mesa — a senior living center that will be built there.

“Over the last two years we’ve been working with the city to establish a public-private partnership to get this project underway and we’re extremely excited about getting shovels in the ground and starting to make some progress here,” said Andy Plant, president of Westmont Living.

Medical marijuana regulations finalized

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

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

When La Mesa voters passed Measure U in November 2016 — allowing for permitted medical marijuana dispensaries, personal possession of medical marijuana and personal cultivation of medical marijuana — the City Council was left with addressing regulatory holes that were not explicitly covered in the measure, and left by state laws to be decided by local jurisdictions. On Sept. 26, the City Council filled in those regulatory gaps when it voted to approve new municipal codes governing marijuana in La Mesa.

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.

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.