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January 2013


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Volume 3 – Number 1

Taking a Bite Out of Pit Bull Panic NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


New Year’s resolutions have become a point of contention these days. Some people like to make them, hoping to better themselves with a new year. Others dismiss the annual promises as too easy to break to make. Nevertheless, according to a FranklinCovey survey, respondents with resolutions still aimed to become more physically fit; improve one’s financial condition; improve health; and lose weight. Additionally, the people surveyed expressed wishes to become more educated and improve their work habits and career situation.

In the Raw Fletcher Parkway's Ahi Sushi rolls out delicious fresh fish creations.  Page 3

Baltimore Beads La Mesa welcomes jewelry-making store with a crafty eye on detail.  Page 6

Diego that the dogs “loved him from the beginning” and were always friendly and well-behaved. By Jeremy Ogul The tragedy in Lemon Grove happened just six Several pit bull attacks months after a Paradise Hills this year have some members woman succumbed to the of the public, including the injuries she sustained after media, wondering whether her neighbor’s dog bit her in the breed is too dangerous to her own backyard. Emako own. Mendoza, 75, was in her own In June, an 8-month-old backyard in Paradise Hills Lemon Grove boy died after when the two dogs got into the family dog bit him on her yard through a gap in the head. The boy lived in an the fence. Doctors amputated apartment with his mother, her roommate and three dogs, Mendoza’s leg and conducted eight surgeries before she all reported to be pit bulls. The child’s mother, a 27-year- died on Dec. 24, 2011. In the latter case, the old woman who declined to dogs’ owners, Alba and give her name, told U-T San

Experts argue nurture over nature regarding dog behavior

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PREVENT BURGLARIES BY TAKING PROACTIVE MEASURES By Dave Schwab When it comes to burglaries, residents, particularly seniors who may be easier targets because of frail health or diminished capacities, need to take preventative action, such as investing in security measures. Installing door and window locks, improving fencing and adding motionsensor lighting can dissuade would-be burglars to search elsewhere for a mark. There are also a number of simple

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La Mesa Courier asked several familiar local residents for their New Year’s resolutions. Here’s what they said: “Resolutions are usually broken the day after they’re made. My resolution for this coming year is not about me, but one that I hope is carried out by everyone in perpetuity. We should resolve to remind ourselves how fragile life is by remembering the horrific incident at Sandy Hook Elementary

common-sense things people can do to homeowners should do in attempting to guard their homes against intrusion. prevent residential burglaries is to keep Sometimes it doesn’t involve more than lines of communication with local police merely becoming more aware or adopting open. safer behavior patterns, such as keeping “If you’re a (crime) victim, let us doors and windows locked. See Prevent, Page 13 Because criminals typically seek the path of least Taking a Lesson from Lake Murray Robbery resistance in commitBy Dave Schwab ting crimes of opportunity, the objective Just how vulnerable seniors can be to residential of homeowners in burglars was driven home Nov. 28 at a residence in the guarding against 8400 block of Harwell Drive in the Lake Murray area, them is to do everywhere an 80-year-old homeowner was assaulted and thing possible to robbed by two men. harden their dwellThe unsuspecting resident was taken by surprise ings as targets, make when two burglary suspects, one adult and one juvenile, them as difficult as disguised as laborers looking for work, came to his door. possible to break into “One of the suspects knocked on the door, using the so they’ll be avoided. ruse of asking for work when the homeowner answered The first thing See Robbery, Page 4 seniors and other

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The La Mesa City Council bid farewell to Councilman Dave Allan and welcomed new councilmember Kristine Alessio at the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. Allan retired after 12 years of community service. Newly elected longtime La Mesa planning commissioner Kristine Alessio was sworn in to take his spot on the council. Stepping down from his post, Allan said, “La Mesa is really the jewel of the hills, and what makes it so great is the people of this city. A lot of people make this city run. It’s been a great time to serve and to be elected is special in itself, because people put their trust in you. Thank you for supporting me. God bless La Mesa and God Bless America.” Also taking the oath of office were re-elected council woman Ruth Sterling and city clerk Mary Kennedy. “There are those who say I married the city of La Mesa,” said Sterling. “Maybe I did. You can be sure I will take care of, and watch over, my better half.” Mayor Art Madrid said of Kennedy: “I’ve had the privilege of working with this young lady for a number of years and no one is as organized, and as shy, as Mary Kennedy.” A slideshow presentation was shown during the council meeting honoring Allan’s career and showing him during numerous special events, including on his motorcycle commemorating his ride to Washington D.C. It was noted that Allan’s cross-country ride qualified him for the Iron Butt Association, a national group promoting safe, long-distance motorcycle riding which acknowledges those riders traveling 1,000 miles or more during a 24-hour period. — January 2013


Biggest Fish Tale Mayor Madrid recognized 33-year-old La Mesa resident John Petruescu for catching a 445-pound yellowfin tuna, the largest ever landed on a rod and reel. The fish was caught from the Excel off the Point Loma Coast.

Hey Baby! Grossmont Hospital’s Women’s Health Center welcomed Kaylani Torres, the first baby born on 12-12-12, at 12:28 a.m. Torres was 8 lbs. 5 oz. La Mesa Courier congratulates her parents Jennifer Melendez and Israel Torres.

Good Sports Several local high school football athletes were honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions for fall sports Dec. 11. Grossmont High School quarterback Anthony Lawrence and Helix Charter High School teammates wide receiver Kendall Keys and defensive lineman Amu Milo were named to the first team. Helix linebacker Rocky Fuga, running back Michael Adkins and defensive back Jalen Davis made the second team.

Events Calendar

Electronic Waste Collection – Jan. 12 & 13

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity to discard electronic equipment in the new year. On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. you may take your e-waste to Grossmont Shopping Center, between CHUZE Fitness and Fuddruckers at 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. in La Mesa and discard your unwanted items. Acceptable e-waste includes computer monitors, television sets, PC systems, printers, laptops, copiers, fax machines and toner cartridges. There is a $5 charge for microwave ovens that are brought to the event. Refrigerators, washer and dryers, fluorescent light bulbs and household batteries will not be accepted. For more information about e-waste collection and items able to be received at this event please contact the Chamber’s E-Waste partner, Greenview Resource, at (562) 912-1000.

La Mesa City Council Meeting – Jan. 8 & 22

The La Mesa City Council meets twice a month at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Attend the meetings at Council Chambers at City Hall at 8130 Allison Ave.

4th Annual Festivus Party and Music Fest – Jan. 19

Celebrate Festivus with the rest of us Jan. 19 at 6:10 p.m. at 9350 Sisson St. in La Mesa. A neighborhood block party hosted by several of the nicest families around, Festivus is a potluck featuring fire pits, good music and great company. Co-host Anthony Lawrence asks attendees who intend to bring a child under 12 to make sure the child is attended at all times. “Last year we actually had two extra tables, an extra fire pit and three kids left over after the party,” he said.

The Party of the Century – Jan. 12

Celebrate La Mesa’ Centennial with The Party of the Century Jan. 12 at La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. The sponsor and legacy patron reception, by special See Events, Page 4

LA MESA CHARTER SCHOOL LEARNING CENTERS WELCOMES PARENTS The teachers of the Severin La Mesa and Jackson La Mesa Learning Centers welcome parents and student to visit the centers. A scheduled or impromptu visit is the best way to get to know the teachers and gather information about the program. The Charter School of San Diego has been an educational option for students in grades 7-12 for the past 16 years. Its instructional design is based on a “University Model,” where students work independently and attend classes, labs, or tutorials two-to-five times per week. Students attend at scheduled times, ensuring that there are never more than 20 students on site at one time. CSSD is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is in good standing with its granting district and has documentation demonstrating exceptionally positive student outcomes. Student work is governed by a course syllabus that is consistent with the standards prescribed by the California Department of Education. The course syllabus contains lessons developed by subject-matter experts who hold a California Credential. Students take one to two courses at a time. By concentrating on one to two subjects, students are able to better focus on content. Students are expected to complete a minimum of one course every four weeks. Classes operate year-round so that students may continuously progress in school. Specialist teachers in the fields of math and science are available to work with students. Preparation for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is also provided to all students. CSSD recently launched its Pathways Program to assist students in taking one of four pathways after high school. The four pathways are: four-year university, community college, military and vocational preparedness. Pathways was created in response to a growing number of students who needed assistance in preparing a post-secondary plan. Using career See Charter, Page 12 — January 2013

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Best Housing Market in 6 years: 27 Quick and Easy Fix Ups to Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

sushi. “I’ve worked everywhere,” he said. “One of the The new Ahi Sushi locaplaces I loved to work was in tion along Fletcher Parkway provides a getaway for Gross- Arizona. The master chef was mont College students and an a Japanese guy. He taught me how to tell the sushi was inexpensive way to treat the fresh and about the quality of family to healthy sushi. fish.” The spot, modernly Huynh is passionate designed in red and black about the Japanese delicacy, with lucky Japanese cats even though he grew up with around the room, provides a Vietnamese food at home. nice alternative for anyone “Vietnamese is my home who doesn’t want to leave food,” he said. “But I went East County for sushi. So into sushi, because I think far it seems the public has fish is more healthy.” welcomed the new venue. “Most people look for Since its opening Oct. 29, Ahi healthy food, especially the Sushi has enjoyed steady younger generation. They business, according to general know what they’re eating,” manager and sushi chef said Huynh, who looks 21, but Simon Huynh. is really 46. Huynh has worked for Huynh himself said he more than 20 years with stays away from junk food and works all the time. His commitment to healthy eats is evident in his menu selection. For those who want to avoid carbs, the restaurant’s Protein Roll comprises crab, spicy tuna, albacore, salmon and Simon Huynh, left, smiles next to his sushi-making team.

PIT BULLS, from page 1 Carla Cornelio, were arrested and will be prosecuted on manslaughter charges. In response to these deaths, as well as numerous other reports of bites and attacks that were not fatal, many local residents are calling for legislation that would ban or euthanize dogs of the pit bull breed. “The difference between a poodle snapping and a pit bull snapping are two different things,” wrote Eric Causley in a comment on an article about the Mendoza attack on “A poodle growls and snaps, may draw blood. The pit bull snaps and doesn’t stop till it’s ripped apart a person or another dog. Their strength and ruthlessness once they snap is what makes them dangerous.” Animal experts, however, caution that singling out pit bulls for punishment would be a misinformed, ineffective approach toward keeping San Diegans safe. Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the Department of Animal Services for the County of San Diego, pointed out that larger dogs will typically be able to cause more serious injuries, whether the dog is a pit bull or something else, such as a German Shepherd or Rottweiler. A total of 2,856 dog bites were reported to the Department of Animal Services between July 2011 and June 2012. Of that number, 400 were attributed to pit bulls, 211 were attributed to German Shepherds, 195 were attributed to Labrador Retrievers and 171 to Chihuahuas. DeSousa said those numbers should be kept in perspective. “Any such numbers must be viewed with the understanding that we simply do not know how many dogs there are in our community,” DeSousa said. “Therefore, we cannot say that one breed bites more often than another as we do not know the percentage of each dog in the community.” Though we hear most often about pit bull attacks in the news, this may be due to media bias, according to DeSousa. “While we respond to dog bites on a daily basis, the only ones that the media ever expresses an interest in covering are those from pit bulls,” he said. “This bias tends to skew the public’s perception that only pit bulls bite.” See Pit Bulls, Page 6

cucumber wrapped in soy paper. The edamame appetizers are also a delicious treat as they’re marinated in a garlic, ponzu-type sauce. Another weightconscious selection is the Paradise Roll, which is cucumber wrapped around ahi, salmon, red snapper and avocado. The rolls may be good for diet-conscious diners, but they’re also not bad on the pocketbook. What would be $14 elsewhere is just $8.95 at Ahi Sushi. And while the rolls are attractively displayed, the family friendly pricing places most specials under $10. Born in Vietnam, Huynh came to San Diego when he was 8. Food was always a passion, prompting Huynh to start working in restaurants at 18. “I worked at a lot of See Ahi Sushi, Page 13

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The Sun Shines Sooner… By Pam Crooks

It seemed like an omen. The cashier at McDonald’s gave me the senior price for a cup of coffee when I didn’t ask for it. I appreciated the discount but wasn’t sure how I felt about the young person behind the counter deciding I’m a senior.    Technically I am, but at 61 I’m not quite ready to be grouped demographically with people from my mother’s generation. (Actually, my mother would have turned 100 this month if she was still alive, and I know very well the majority of seniors are much younger.) So when editor Gen Suzuki asked me if I would explore the La Mesa Senior Center in my next column, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. That was followed by the McDonald’s coffee incident. Okay, okay. It was definitely time for me to check out the familiar facility on the little rise where University Avenue meets La Mesa Boulevard. I’d probably driven by it a thousand times and wondered what goes on there. What I found out truly surprised me.    First, the sign out Photo caption: A large, front announced not a festive crowd of more “senior center,” but the than 100 folks turned Adult Enrichment Center. out for brunch and “Enrichment” is a good entertainment at the word for this place. A annual holiday party at person could really keep the Adult Enrichment busy participating in all Center, courtesy of a the classes and other grant from Walmart. programs they offer such Center director Kathy as lectures, feature films, Tinsley, who has been day trips, dances, etc.  They with the City of La have classes for everything Mesa for 24 years, from aerobics and yoga to served as emcee. Japanese brush painting, duplicate bridge, Hawaiian dance and creative writing, just to name a few. Many of these activities are free, others available for a very modest fee.   Center director Kathy Tinsley told me as many as 200 people come every day for one program or another. Kathy explained the Grossmont Union High School District provides 75 percent of the programs offered through their See Pam Crooks, Page 13

Letter from the Editor By Genevieve A. Suzuki

If you’re reading this, as NASA assured us, the world has not come to an end. That’s a good thing, too, because we have an awful lot to fix before we ride off into that golden sunset in the sky. As I write this letter to you, my heart is still hurting. On Dec. 14, 2012, a stranger walked into a Connecticut classroom and changed all of our lives for the worse, taking 20 children and six adults from us. When I woke in the middle of the night, in front of my lit Christmas tree, I wondered if – and hoped – I had just dreamt the whole terrible event. I can’t imagine what the victims’ families went through that night. The event that day changed me, as I hope it has changed many of us. It woke the responsible parent who has been lounging in the background, allowing others to lead society as they see fit. You see, even though I did not lose a child on Dec. 14, those parents’ loss still reverberated through my soul, as it did for most of our country. As President Barack Obama said during the service for the victims Dec. 16, “It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself, that this job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a

EVENTS, from page 2 invitation only, is from 5 to 6 p.m. The party picks up at 6 p.m. There will be shuttle service from and to La Mesa municipal pool, baseball field lots and parking spaces along Allison Avenue. The décor will be a glimpse into the past. Guests will rock out to The Cat•illacs (1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s Rock ‘n’ Roll); Peter Marin & Frank Unzueto Trio (swing); the Helix Jazz Ensemble; other special vocalists; and a disc jockey. Participation supports the Legacy Project, a public art monument and time capsule to

community and the help of a nation. And in that way we come to realize that we bear responsibility for every child, because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours, that we’re all parents, that they are all our children.” After establishing our first task as caring for our children, Obama asked whether we can truly say we’re meeting that obligation as a nation. “Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm,” he asked. No, we can’t claim that we’re doing all we can to protect our kids. This is not the world I want my daughter to grow up in, nor am I the parent I want her to emulate. But the good news is there is still time for me to change and to help effect change, as there is still time for all of us to work toward a world of which we can be proud. Although commentators have discussed several variables that may have caused the Sandy Hook tragedy, one of the undeniable ones is that a disturbed young man had access to several assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns. As an attorney, I understand the Second Amendment, and as a U.S. citizen, I am familiar with the argument for the right to bear arms. As a child of See Editor, Page 10

reflect the past, present and future of La Mesa. The installation will be at the intersection of La Mesa Boulevard and Allison Avenue. Tickets are $200 (legacy patron); $2,000 (table of 10); and $100 (gala). Fun extras include an opportunity drawing, a complimentary souvenir photo in a commemorative frame, and complimentary La Mesa Centennial commemorative wine glasses (one per person while supply lasts). RSVP by Dec. 28.

ROBBERY, from page 1 the door,” said Lt. Andra Brown, public information officer for the San Diego Police Department. “The other got into the house through an open side door and confronted and attacked him (homeowner) inside. He was injured severely including a broken jaw, lacerations on his head and numerous bruises and cuts and was hospitalized.” Though seriously injured, the victimized senior was fortunate in two respects: He wasn’t hurt worse or even killed, and police were able to solve the crime quickly and recover and return all of his stolen valuables, which including jewelry, a camcorder, cash and a watch. By chance, a passerby saw the alleged crime transpiring about 2 p.m. and placed an emergency call from a pay phone at 8800 La Mesa Blvd. to police, saying he’d just seen two men using a crowbar to break into a dwelling. See Robbery, Page 13 — January 2013

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La Mesa First in San Diego County to Receive Fair Trade Designation By Nancy Ryan, co-chair, La Mesa Fair Trade Steering Committee Although there are two Fair Trade Universities in San Diego, USD and UCSD, La Mesa’s designation as a “Fair Trade Town” is a first in San Diego County. La Mesa earned this distinction, received from Fair Trade Towns USA, at an October national fair trade conference held in Chicago. The La Mesa Fair Trade campaign was registered with Fair Trade Towns USA in 2011. Since that time a steering committee of 14 members have been providing information about how fair trade, a system of

global exchange, ensures living wages for artisans and farmers in impoverished areas of the world. Producers are able to become selfsustaining without the necessity of government financial aid. As a result of education regarding the value of Fair Trade, on both local and global levels, many La Mesa service organizations, faith-based communities, and other non-profit groups have endorsed the concept and are using FT products such as coffee and tea at their functions. Some also offer the sale of products as fund-raisers for their respective groups. Having the support

Fair Trade Towns national coordinator William Linstead Goldsmith presents the declaration designating La Mesa a "Fair Trade Town" to La Mesa Fair Trade Committee co-chairs Anne Pacheco and Nancy Ryan in Chicago. of multiple service organizations, churches and merchants in La Mesa was key in receiving the status of “Fair Trade Town.” Janet Castanos, a member of La See Fair Trade, Page 14

RESOLUTIONS, from page 1 School. We should strive to be respectful of everyone, even those we may disagree with, but respect their views and opinion. And finally, we should resolve to tell our family and friends how much we love them, how important they are in our lives and greet each day by knowing we live in a great community and thank God for his blessings.” – Mayor Art Madrid “I have decided that for my New Year’s resolution I am going to focus on leaving the stressors of the workplace – though I love what I do – at the office at the conclusion of each workday. I want my family to be confronted with a father and husband that comes home each evening with a smile on his face and a true interest and concern

about how their day went, and not one that lingers on his.” – Heartland Fire & Rescue Chief Rick Sitta “My Chamber New Year’s resolution is to look for creative ways to continue to serve our members and the business community.” – Mary England, CEO and president, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce “My resolution is to have five positive resolutions that I will keep/make happen in 2013! Make Nancy happy (42 years of marriage); spend more time with family and grandchildren; exercise more/ eat smarter; find more ways for community service; and work harder at civility and gratitude.” – La Mesa City Councilmember Ernest Ewin

“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I make daily resolutions, not yearly ones.” – La Mesa City Councilmember Kristine Alessio “My New Year’s resolution is to read the Bible every day.” – La Mesa City Councilmember Ruth Sterling “Spend more time with family and friends, send more hand written notes, read more books, get more sleep and tell my loved ones how much I really love them, each and every day.” – Jim Madaffer, Publisher, Mission Publishing Group “I resolve to spend more time with family and friends, especially my 3-year-old grandson!” – Pam Crooks, Editor Emeritus, La Mesa Courier

SERVICE CLUB CALENDAR La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Phone: (619) 465-2477 Meeting day and time: Club Meeting Location: Terra American Bistro, 7091 El Cajon Blvd. Website: Email: Phone: (619) 644-7146 Meeting dates and times: Friday 7:15 a.m. Special event: Sherry TaylorEnglund: The San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, Jan. 4, Terra American Bistro, 7091 El Cajon Blvd.

La Mesa Rotary Club

Meeting Location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Website: Rotary Club of La Mesa

Wednesday noon

The Lake Murray Kiwanis Club Meeting location: Breakfast Meeting, Marie Calendar’s Restaurant and Bakery Website: Email: Cathy.Saur@uboc. com Meeting dates and times: First and third Saturday of the month, 7:30 a.m.

La Mesa Lions Club Meeting location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Website: lamesalionsclub. com Email: LaMesaLions@gmail. com

Phone: Manny Demetre, treasurer (619) 462-2742 Meeting dates and times: Tuesday noon to 1:30 p.m.

Optimist Club of La Mesa Meeting location: Marie Callendar’s Restaurant, Alvarado Road Meeting date and time: Wednesday, 7:15 a.m.

Soroptimist International of La Mesa Meeting location: Denny’s Restaurant, 2691 Navajo Road Website: Meeting dates and times: First and second Thursday of each month, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

From left to right: Judy Hughes, Lamplighters treasurer; Robert Honn, Honn Investments, PLC; Mark Loveless, Lamplighters president; and Mike Habib, Coldwell Banker, La Mesa.

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE RETURNS TO LA MESA Lamplighters Community Theatre, a La Mesa institution for 75 years, has signed a lease for space at La Mesa Village Station to resume operations, possibly as early as March. The theater on city-owned property was closed in 2006 to make way for the construction of La Mesa’s new police station. Mike Habib and Alice Niewiadomski of Coldwell Banker in La Mesa represented Lamplighters in the transaction while Thomas Dechant of Pacific Coast Commercial represented Honn Properties, owner of the business center at Severin and Amaya Drive. “We are delighted to have found this quality space that is housed primarily in a business center with little or no impact on our surrounding neighbors. Most are closed during our hours of operation, which means minimum intrusion with our fellow occupants,” said Mark Loveless, Lamplighters president. “There is ample parking to accommodate existing tenants along with what traffic we would generate.” Loveless said plans for the 90-seat theater have been drawn by Architect Paul Bedington and are ready to be submitted to the city for review and approval. “If the city approves the plans, we could be ready to open our first show in April,” Loveless said. During its operation in La Mesa, Lamplighters averaged five to six major shows a year, and numerous special events for seniors and students. Ticket prices were modest, with the intent of bringing high-quality, reasonably priced theater to our patrons, Loveless said. “At our peak, we had 880 season ticket holders, and our goal is to contact our former subscribers and, hopefully, renew as many as possible.” He said ticket prices will be $15 for students, seniors and active See Lamplighters, Page 15

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Pit Bulls, from page 3


La Mesa is fast becoming a crafter’s dream. The Beading Bar, billed by its owner, Robert Eix, as a “jewelry maker’s paradise,” just opened at 5280 Baltimore Dr., featuring 1,500 square feet of beads, gemstones and jewelrymaking supplies. Eix said the store will also offer classes for customers interested in creating the finished jewelry sold at the Bar. “My classes will be starting up the first week in January,” he said. “I already have some very talented instructors lined up, including a couple from area bead stores. I also have someone who taught at an art school at Arizona State. … I’m really excited about these people.” Eix started beading after he received a liver transplant

The National Canine Research Council points out that it is difficult to determine a dog’s breed without having direct knowledge of the dog’s genetic origins. “Very often people disagree as to what the breed is in a mixed-breed dog, and most often they’re not naming the breed that is identified in the DNA,” said Victoria Voith, a veterinary researcher at the Western University of Health Sciences, in a recorded interview distributed by the NCRC. Regardless of a dog’s breed, proper training and socialization is critical to ensuring that a dog is comfortable and well-behaved around humans and other animals. Jessica Wheatcraft, a certified professional dog trainer with Whole Dog Training in San Diego, said the aggressive dogs she has worked with almost always share the same environmental, rather than genetic, characteristics. “A lot of those dogs did not receive any socialization as puppies,” Wheatcraft said.

“They did not have a good start. They may have been abandoned, or they have a lot of health issues that weren’t addressed. A lot of times there’s some sort of neglect.” Backyard breeders, whether they’re breeding pit bulls or Chihuahuas, often don’t understand how the early social experiences in a puppy’s life can impact its temperament later in life, Wheatcraft said. A puppy that has been kept in a garage for the first three months of its life will likely respond with fear and aggression if it is suddenly introduced to a new environment like a dog park or children, she said. Wheatcraft said families adopting a dog of unknown origin should take time to get to know the individual dog and its temperament before accepting it and bringing it home, rather than simply relying on the stated breed or the appearance of the dog. “I have seen tons of pit bulls that have fantastic dog skills, and I’ve seen golden retrievers that have real aggression issues,” Wheatcraft said.

See Just Business, Page 14

15 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR PET PARENTS By Sari Reis One of the hallmarks of beginning a New Year is the making of New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some for you to consider in regards to your “furry kids.” If you have a dog, resolve to take him for a nice long walk at least once every day. If your dog is left alone all day while you are at work, consider getting a dog walker to come by and get him out for some exercise, human interaction, some sniffing and a chance to go potty. If you have a very social dog that interacts well with other dogs but has lots of energy to burn, consider a doggy daycare a few days a week. If you have a pet that is carrying some extra pounds, resolve to help him/her take it off. Be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian to make sure that you are cutting down on calories and not nutrients. Reducing the treats is the easiest way to slim down an overweight pet. If your pet hasn’t been to the vet for a while, resolve to take him/her in for a wellness check. So many problems can be headed off by early detection. Make sure the veterinarian checks your animal’s teeth and if they need to be professionally cleaned, resolve to get it done. If your pet hasn’t been professionally groomed for a while, consider a professional wash and cut. This is important for long-haired cats as well as dogs. They can get matted which is unhealthy and makes them very uncomfortable. If your pet’s nails are not being trimmed regularly, resolve to do it or have it done professionally on a routine basis. See Pets, Page 15


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La Mesa Reads

By Jessie Goodwin, Librarian Happy New Year from everyone at San Diego County Library’s La Mesa Branch! Winter has truly arrived in La Mesa. There’s still time for you to take the Winter Reading Challenge. For every five items you check out, pick up a raffle ticket from library staff. Earn extra raffle tickets when you get caught reading in the branch. At the end of the program on Jan. 13 we’ll be raffling off some great prizes like gift cards, books, and more. Last month, La Mesa readers were enjoying fiction bestsellers as well as a classic, and some recent non-fiction too. One of our most popular titles was the non-fiction book The Dozens: A History of Rap’s Mama by Elijah Wald. In this look at the inventive insult game known as “the dozens,” Wald reveals the history of the game and how it relates to modern rap music. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff was another popular title. This recent biography sheds light on the life and death of Cleopatra, separating fact from fiction. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was also one of your top picks. This classic, first published in 1951, is at the top of many required reading lists. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin was another popular title. In this recent bestseller, television producer Marian Caldwell’s perfect life is thrown into turmoil by the appearance of a teenager with ties to her past. Did you get a new eReader recently? If you’d like to learn how to access the library’s eBook collection, we have a workshop coming up on Sunday, Jan. 13. Bring your device to get hands on help. This class has limited space and advance registration is required. Call us or come in to See LM Reads, Page 13

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Grossmont High School

Helix Highlights By Jennifer Osborn Here’s wishing you and yours a happy 2013! Helix kicked off the holiday season with the 3rd Annual Helix Supporters’ Breakfast. Approximately 150 community members attended the event, including service club members, parents, business people, local officials, and Helix alumni and retirees to name a few! Attendees were treated to performances by several student groups, including the Helix bagpipers, orchestra, and the Highland Players. Senior Alex Salazar spoke about his high school experience and how Helix has helped support his mother’s goals for him. Helix class of 2009 graduate Channelle McNutt (now San Diego State University’s Associated Students executive vice president and 2012 SDSU Homecoming Queen) gave an inspiring presentation about Helix’s mission and vision, and the lasting impact Helix has had on her life. Grade Level Principal Kevin Osborn provided the crowd with impressive statistics regarding

Helix’s performance, including a much-improved graduation rate, an 82 percent college attendance rate, and the 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) score of 805 – the best score Helix has earned since the inception of the API. He noted areas in which Helix can make improvements and outlined some of the steps being taken to attain those goals. The event concluded with the Ukulele Club’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” accompanied by members of the vocal music program. Plans are already underway for our 4th Annual Helix Supporters’ Breakfast in December 2013. We would love to see you at this event! Another upcoming opportunity for the community is to judge for Senior Boards, which is part of the Senior Project, a Helix graduation requirement. The Senior Project is just one example of Helix’s ongoing efforts to provide graduates with the tools necessary to succeed in their future endeavors, whether it is college, See Helix, Page 15

Foothiller Footsteps By Connie and Lynn Baer

Service in the military has been a part of Grossmont High School since its beginnings, shown by two unknown members of the community who in 1922 donated a Civil War Veteran pin and a World War I pin to be placed in the school’s time capsule. However, our first record of a campus cadet corps is found in the 1949-1950 yearbook, which documents the

California Cadet Corps, which continued until the late 1960s; in 1968-69, the unit was called the ROTC. During the 1970s, it disappeared from campus, we believe because of the ongoing controversy over the Vietnam Conflict. The GHS Museum welcomes any photos or information that

our alumni have which might help us more fully document these years. Today, Grossmont High is proud to have a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) battalion, led by two retired Navy certificated instructors, Capt. Clark Owsley and Chief Petty Officer Flor Buncab. The senior student leaders of the battalion are Cadet Cmdr. Brook Carpenter and their executive officer, Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Adam Sturgeon. Cadet Carpenter is applying to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Cadet Sturgeon has been selected for an $18,000 Navy college ROTC scholarship. NJROTC is a four-year program, with its cadets working together to make Grossmont’s battalion the best in the nation. In September 2012, 167 cadets began the program, which focuses on student leadership, academic excellence, citizenship, and community involvement. Throughout the year, the battalion competes in a variety of activities, including military drill, marksmanship, and land navigation, among others. Among the battalion’s many achievements the past three years are being the first unit to qualify for a regional drill competition in its first year, being selected as the most improved unit in all of CaliSee Grossmont, Page 15

Lake Murray Little League Can’t you hear the kids pleading, “Put me in, Coach! I’m ready to play!” It’s time for the 2013 spring baseball sign-up for Lake Murray Little League. Cost is $135 for the first player; $110 for each additional family member. Sign-ups are Saturday, Jan. 5 at Sunset Park/Madrid Field between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Murray Manor Elementary between 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fees for any player signing up after Jan. 8 will be $150. There is also a possibility that late sign-ups will be placed on a waiting list. Interested participants must bring an original birth certificate (ages 4 to 12 can play) and proof of residency (three types: driver’s license, utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.). Returning players must bring proof of residency. For more information, please call Kristal Gordon at (619) 954-0706 or email or call Dan Schicker at (619) 980-3722 or email — January 2013

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ally, it’s the music scene in La Mesa, and the Riviera Supper Club in particular, that introduced me to the San Diego music scene as a whole. When I moved here I didn’t know anyone and it just happened that the Riviera was really close to my house, so I would go there often just to check out bands and meet musicians. It was there that I met most of who would become the core group I’d end up working with over the next couple of years. I met and started playing guitar with Nena Anderson there, which led to me producing albums for her, for Blackout Party, Stephen Rey, Low Volts and others – all because I happened to live near the Riviera. LMC: Working with such a wide variety of musicians, what are some of the greatest challenges you face and what are some of your favorite parts about your work? MB: The challenge is to create the best recording for each artist, focusing on what makes then unique as artists while simultaneously trying to push boundaries to create something new and better than anything they’ve done before. Meeting that challenge is the best part of my job. LMC: Are there major differences in working with

local bands compared to the national acts you’ve mixed and engineered for? MB: The biggest difference is that when you work with a local artist, you are working directly with the band or artist, the lines of communication are very direct and immediate. And for the most part, you are completely focused on pleasing the artist. With national artists, there are often other people involved in the process – agents, managers, labels, etc. – that have different concepts for an album than the band. My role as a producer shifts a bit for those projects because it’s important to make sure everyone is heard, and to be sure the project meets everyone’s objectives. LMC: Is performing of great importance to you or do you prefer your work behind the scenes? MB: I will always love to play guitar and to make music with others. Performing live is very rewarding and I have a lot of fun doing it. But my primary focus is on producing, and in many ways I get the same rewards from it as I do performing. LMC: What was it like to see albums you worked on recognized at the SDMAs this year? Anything you are

particularly proud to have worked on locally? MB: It was great to see so many artists I’ve worked with recognized at the SDMAs. I have been fortunate to work with some great bands and they are all very deserving. I couldn’t pick a favorite. They all are really special to me. It would be like trying to pick a favorite child! LMC: What things do you like about living in La Mesa? Favorite spots to visit? Hidden gems our readers should know about? MB: I really love living in La Mesa. It’s been especially great for my family. My two boys go to great school, both are involved in local sports with coaches that are incredibly supportive, and we have made some amazing friends. There is a real sense of community here that I haven’t felt since I left New England. There are some great restaurants and bars here as well. I’m a big fan of BMH Italian on El Cajon. It’s a little Mom and Pop Italian shop that makes some of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. La Torta is another favorite of mine for Mexican. And, of course, I still love the Riviera. LMC: What’s up next for you and the studio? MB: We’re lining up some really great projects for next year. We have a band

from Germany flying over to record their next album with us which we’re really excited about. They’re a really talented group of people with a great sound that fits right in with the vibe of the studio – it’s a perfect match. We have several album and EP projects for local and national artists lined up as well, and we will be continuing the weekly compilation series, releasing a new single a week for a long as we can. It’s going to be a busy year right from the start, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I truly love what I do and I’m very fortunate to do get to do it every day. Check out www.facebook. com/MikeButlerProducer to keep up with all of Mike Butler’s projects.

Charter, from page 2 interest inventories and personality surveys, students can better understand who they are early on and start pursuing their goals during high school. The Pathways Program facilitates student academic and career focus. For more information on the Charter School of San Diego Severin La Mesa and Jackson La Mesa Learning Centers, please visit www., or call Stacy McGuire at (858) 292-7004. — January 2013

Ahi Sushi, from page 3 restaurants to get experience,” he said. The enterprising young man worked his way up from dishwasher to sushi chef. After his family took a closer look at his commitment and experience, they decided to support Simon in his venture by investing in the first Ahi Sushi in San Marcos. He stayed in San Marcos for half a year in 2009 to make sure everything ran smoothly. The second location in Alpine opened in 2010. Huynh is more of a doer than a talker. He’d rather show off his talents in the kitchen than brag about them. Fortunately, his dishes do the talking for him. “Everybody can make sushi, no problem – but the main thing is experience, good fish and bad fish. The rice has to taste right. It has to be good sushi,” he said. Among Huynh’s specialty rolls are the Jalapeno Roll (tempura shrimp, cream cheese, crab and cucumber on

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LM Reads, from page 7 the inside; spicy crab and jalapeno on the outside) and the Sexy Roll (tempura shrimp, cream cheese and crab on the inside; spicy tuna, tempura shrimp on the outside). Ahi Sushi also sells standard favorites, such as the California Roll and a crunchy roll made with crab and shrimp tempura. There’s also the choice of green tea ice cream or mocha ice cream for dessert. “Low price, good quality, friendly service – that’s the key to success for Ahi Sushi,” said Huynh. Huynh has a lot of pride in his business. He insists on only the best for his restaurant and, of course, the best he can offer is his family. His two children and a nephew work with him. “In three years, we’ve opened three restaurants. I believe our teamwork, our family work, helped it get there,” he said. Ahi Sushi is located at 2872 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.

reserve your spot. The La Mesa Library now has Chromebook laptops available for use in the branch. These laptops, provided by Google and the California State Library, can be checked out for up to two hours per day. If you’d like to use a laptop in the branch you’ll need your San Diego County Library card and your photo ID. Stay tuned for upcoming library programs utilizing this new technology as well. All San Diego County Library branches will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The La Mesa Branch library is open seven days a week. We invite you to stop in to one of our many programs, browse our collection, and let our staff know how we can assist you. As always, please come in and check out what’s new.

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Black-eyed Pea and Greens Soup Eating black-eyed peas at New Year’s time is thought to bring prosperity in the coming year. We think of it as a southern tradition, but it really began in the Middle East and Africa in the 16th century. No matter the origin, they make a healthy, delicious meal. All the best to you in the New Year. Black-eyed Pea Soup: 2 Cups of fresh black-eyed peas (can may be used, rinse well) 2 Tbsps. of olive oil 1 chopped yellow onion. 2 stalks of celery chopped. 2 carrots, chopped. ½ lb. of cubed ham or smoked turkey. 1 large bunch of either spinach or collard greens. (Stems removed, leaves chopped) ¼ tsp. of salt. Dash of pepper. Dash of cayenne pepper if you like.

Robbery, from page 1 know,” said Lt. Paul Rorrison of the San Diego Police Department. “If we don’t know about it, we can’t do anything about it. If you see something that isn’t right, call us.” SDPD community relations officer Alan Alvarez cautioned homeowners to be wary of door-to-door solicitors. “Don’t answer the door,” he said, adding criminals often employ runaways or homeless youth to case homes and neighborhoods to see which residences have valuables or easy access. Rorrison and Alvarez, who both advise local residents on how to avoid burglaries, said it’s important for crime victims to document the day and time of a crime incident and get an incident number. It’s also good advice to make sure there are visible addresses on the rear and front of homes to help officers locate crime scenes. Target hardening is the most important thing residents can do to discourage home burglaries, said Rorrison. “Crooks want an easy victim.” Rorrison added many home burglaries happen during the day when residents aren’t expected to be home. “If you have double locks, use them,” advised Alvarez about home security. “Padlock side gates and close garage doors locking all doors leading into homes.” Regarding car theft in vehicles parked outside residences or in garages, Alvarez said, “There is only a piece of

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glass separating a prowler from the interior of a vehicle. It’s a five-second smash, grab and go. People shouldn’t use their cars as storage lockers, leaving valuables in full view.” Alvarez talked about what burglary victims should do after the fact. “Don’t touch anything, especially if there’s a point of entry,” he said. “If your doors and windows are wide open when you come home, call police to have them check the house first.” Alvarez added fingerprints are generally taken around points of entry and come out best on smooth surfaces like glass or metal. According to federal statistics, the clearance rate of burglary cases solved has remained consistently low, with an average of 14 percent in the United States. The clearance rate for burglary is lower than that for any other serious offense. Most burglary investigations – about 65 percent – do not produce any information or evidence about the crime, making burglaries difficult to solve. Burglary also causes substantial financial loss, since property is rarely recovered, and serious psychological harm to the victims. Single-family detached houses are often attractive targets – with greater rewards – and more difficult to secure because they have multiple access points. Burglary does not typically reflect large seasonal variations, however, in the

United States, burglary rates are the highest in August and the lowest in February. Most U.S. residential burglaries – about 60 percent of reported offenses – occur in the daytime. Research suggests burglars most often strike on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – times when even routinely occupied houses may be empty. Burglars select targets based on a number of key factors including familiarity with the target; convenience of the location; occupancy; visibility; accessibility; vulnerability or security; and potential rewards.

Prevent, from page 1 Brown said officers responding to the call saw two men fleeing from the home. “A patrolman with a dog caught up with the two suspects a short distance away and took them into custody with the aid of a man living in the area,” she said. The burglary suspects were actually taken into custody by police before the burglary victim called to report he’d been attacked, Brown said. It was a best-case scenario. But, given different circumstances, it could have been much more serious, and should serve as a lesson to residents that they need to be more cautious when answering the door to strangers, who just could turn out to be burglars looking for an easy mark.

6 cups of chicken broth (Vegetable broth may be used). Heat oil in large pot. Sauté onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham. Cook until tender. Add peas and broth. Simmer for 30 minutes. Black-eyed peas make foam in the broth. Skim if needed. Add greens and spices. Simmer 20 minutes and serve with crusty bread.

Pam Crooks, from page 4 adult education program. And with the assistance of San Diego County’s Aging and Independent Services, the Center is able to provide a hot lunch for up to 55 seniors every weekday.   One activity especially caught my eye. I have very fond memories of playing Pinochle and loving it when I was growing up. My mom taught me how. Recently I decided I’d really like to learn it again but no one in my circle of friends has ever played. So guess where you’ll soon find me on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon? I’ll be thinking of you, Mom…. NOTE: Many seniors use La Mesa’s Rides 4 Neighbors program to get to the center. Right now there are 1,100 people in the community needing rides to doctor appointments, shopping, banking, family visits etc., but there are just not enough volunteer drivers. To find out more about the Adult Enrichment Center programs and/or Rides for 4Neighbors, call (619) 667-1321 or go to

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FOR SALE Walk to SDSU! $445,000. Clean 4BR, 2BR House for sale. No Realtors. 5091 54th St. 92115. 619-286-3939. (01/13) Brand New Queen Pillowtop Mattress set (still in plastic) Asking $150.00 Please Call or text 760-822-9186 (1/13)

SERVICES Locksmith-Discount Deadbolts & Rekeying-security door viewers, patio door locks, simulated alarms, magnetic

door stops. Cliff Henderson, 619-840-3327. Lic#LCO4353-Bonded-Never a trip charge. (3/13) Carpet Cleaning by Tim the owner operator. I use the indutries most advanced cleaning solutions. I will improve your indoor air quality and make your home healthy. Your carpet will look, feel, and smell better. (619)772-4764 BBB, Yes. (2/13) hauling,contruction and yard clean-up. demos,light maintenace. call carlos 858 4950548, cellular 619 813-9988,E-mail (01/13) Healthy Skin by 619-9337381. Relaxing Dermalogica Facials, Dermalogica product for skin health results, Bio-Therapeutic Microcurrent Rejuvenating Facials, Spray-on Tan, Waxing, Gift Certificates (01/13)

Housecleaning. Call Elena at 619-6741582 (01/13) In need of a good and reliable Bookkeeper on a part time job basis . You can work from home or anywhere as the working hours is flexible and easy. It comes with a good pay too. For more information contact Downey at or 805-751-7452 (1/13)

WANTED OLD MILITARY ITEMS WANTED- Cash Paid for medals, patches, uniforms, souvenirs, swords, photos, documents, etc. CALL 619-368-2055 for fair cash offer. (04/13) Toyota Camry. Wanted to Buy. Clean, low mileage, please, prefer white, by private party. 619-286-3939 (1/13)


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Free classified ads are available to private parties and to non-profit organizations that do not charge for their services. Only one ad per party or organization will be accepted per issue as a free classified - additional ads must be paid for with submission of the ads. Free classifieds are limited to 25 words or less. Ads of more than 25 words cost 50¢ per additional word; payment must accompany the ad. All free classifieds will run for only one issue even if you indicate on the ad that you want it to run more than one time. All classified ads - free or paid - must be submitted by mail only or hand-delivered to Postal Annex at 6549 Mission Gorge Road, #199 • San Diego, CA 92120. THE LAST DATE PRE-PAID ADS WILL RUN IS PRINTED AFTER EACH AD - IF NO DATE IS GIVEN, THE AD RUNS ONLY ONE ISSUE. The following ad classifications are eligible for free classified ads: FOR SALE, GARAGE SALES, LOST & FOUND, WANTED, FOR RENT, NOTICES and YOUTH SERVICES. However, this does not include WANTED ads for multi-level sales or FOR RENT ads for vacation/ rental condos or NOTICES for any profit-making organization.

BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS including SERVICES, CHILD CARE, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, NOTICES, HELP WANTED, & FOR SALE ads for any profit-making enterprise costs $8 for 25 words or less plus 50¢ per word over 25, payable in advance of publication only. NOTICES ads may NOT be ads normally classified under SERVICES (i.e., business ads) the Editor reserves the right to reject or re-classify any ads sent in under the NOTICES category that should more appropriately be placed elsewhere. PAID ADS may run for any consecutive number of issues, provided that proper payment for the ads is received in advance. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR RENEWAL OF ADS. THE LAST DATE PRE-PAID ADS WILL RUN IS PRINTED AFTER EACH AD. IF NO DATE IS INCLUDED AFTER THE AD, IT RUNS ONLY ONCE. When counting words—a word is a word, regardless of the number of letters. A telephone number is a word. An address such as “10000 San Diego Mission Road” is 5 words. We do not mail “proofs of publication” for classifieds.




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Free Trade, from page 5 Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club, commented, “Our club is an official fair trade organization and is very proud that the City of La Mesa has also received this fair trade designation. We are dedicated to supporting companies in the US and around the world who pay their workers fair, living wages.” The momentum for fair trade is growing in La

Mesa and throughout San Diego County. The word is spreading that there is an opportunity, with the purchase of everyday items, to foster social, economic and environmental justice in our world. With a declaration as a fair trade town, La Mesa now joins the ranks of 30 other cities nationwide who have this distinction. There are

1,227 Fair Trade Towns in 24 countries. Many of these are in Europe and the UK. Within the USA currently there are 25 FT Town campaigns in progress. A celebration of La Mesa’s declaration will take place on World Fair Trade Day May 11, 2013. Plans are in process for a Fair Trade Gift Faire with the spotlight on La Mesa merchants and organizations.

Just Business, from page 6 and needed a hobby. “Three years later, that hobby turned into a huge room full of beads and gems at home,” he said. “The natural progression was to open my own store.” Eix also just learned that one of his designs will be the cover of Bead Style Magazine in March. “It’s all very exciting, but at the same time I’m wondering what in the heck I got myself into!” He said he opened his store for two reasons: “One, that it’s central to most areas of San Diego, and secondly, it’s a great community that I believe can support a new store opening such as mine.” The Beading Bar is located near The Omelette Factory in the Baltimore West Center.

The Crazy Chicken in La Mesa

El Pollo Loco celebrated its grand opening Dec. 20 at its new location at 4990 Baltimore Drive. The fastfood restaurant chain, best known for its flame-grilled citrus-marinated Mexican chicken, opened in what was once home to La Salsa. El Pollo Loco was founded in Guasave, Mexico in 1975. Now headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., El Pollo

Loco, Inc. is a privately held company.

Gingham’s Future Unknown Days after an exterior fire caused thousands of dollars worth of damage Dec. 9, rumblings began around town that Gingham co-owners “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey and James Brennan were looking to sell the La Mesa restaurant to the Cohn Restaurant Group. Brennan told U-T San Diego that their lawyers were talking, but the deal is “by no means done.” He said he would give the sale less than a 50-percent chance. He also said the sale was not related to the fire, but rather that he and Malarkey are looking to tighten up their brand, which includes Searsucker and Del Mar’s Burlap. Will what was formerly Gio’s become the restaurant formerly known as Gingham, too? Only 2013 knows for sure. Just Business highlights business around La Mesa. Send your business news to — January 2013

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Letter to the Editor

Fair Trade Spat Not News La Mesa Courier’s lead story (December 2012) about Councilmember Ernest Ewin’s displeasure with Mayor Art Madrid’s commendation of citizens promoting “fair trade” was not really news. Instead, it was an account of a silly spat. The real story should have been that La Mesa has been declared a “fair trade city.” It doesn’t matter who likes or dislikes the designation, it is news. Why someone would object to such a positive and harmless designation for our city is beyond me, though it certainly is Mr. Ewin’s right. But he says, “To be official and be recognized requires formal action” by the council. I totally disagree. The fair trade leaders can call any city whatever they want and it is “official” to them. They just can’t say the council voted for the designation. The story should have dealt with how the designa-

tion came about and, most importantly to the citizens of La Mesa, what it means. Mr. Ewin’s objection belonged in the story, assuming his reasons and those of the other opponents were carefully explained, but not as the primary thrust. As a La Mesan for 43 years, I’m delighted that my city has such a positive designation. I can’t imagine why three councilmembers wouldn’t welcome it, unless they harbor some bizarre political paranoia about it. Charles Perkins La Mesa OUR “LETTERS” POLICY The Courier welcomes letters under 150 words in length, but may not print them all. The Editor will select letters for publication which represent a diversity of opinions and topics. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. Name, address and a phone number are required. (Only the name will be shown.)

Lamplighters, from page 5 military. General admission will be $18. “We have already drafted a tentative season that offers a combination of hit musicals and popular dramatic plays and comedies, Loveless said. “Our plans incorporate a variety of shows that should appeal to

Helix, from page 8 full-time employment, trade school, or the military. During their junior and senior years, Helix students must create a product, coordinate an event, plan a performance, or provide a service that has been designed by them, and they write an eight-to-ten page research paper. Senior Boards are the final phase of the Senior Project, during which students present their project and their research paper to a panel of judges. Boards are an opportunity for our students to shine and to feel a sense of accomplishment as they demonstrate their knowledge and skills to their community. Senior Boards will take place on Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29. If you would like to become involved with any of these activities, or if you have questions or comments regarding Helix Charter High School, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at We welcome your feedback!

our general audience.” “Our last major production was Neil Simon’s ‘45 Seconds from Broadway,’ a show that sold out nearly every performance. We are looking forward to providing shows that include plays suitable for the family,” he added.

Pets, from page 6 If you have not been treating your pet monthly with flea prevention, resolve to do it this year. San Diego can be a very bad place for unprotected furry animals when it comes to fleas. If your dog could use some manners, resolve to get into some training classes. This is not just for puppies but any dogs. You can teach an old dog new tricks. If you have been considering participating in a pet therapy program, resolve to enroll your dog in a Canine Good Citizen program. 11) If you have a fenced in yard that needs repair to

Grossmont, from page 8 fornia and Arizona during its second year, and receiving the Navy Distinguished Unit after their third year, which is the highest award an NJROTC unit can earn. Since September 2012, the battalion has recorded over 5,000 hours of school and community. During our 90th Anniversary Celebration, the cadets were everywhere, offering a helping hand. The NJROTC definitely enriches the entire Grossmont community. Without a doubt, our cadets make all Foothillers proud of their achievements. For more information about the unit, please email Capt. Owsley at and visit the GHS Museum! Connie Baer (GHS Class of 1965) and her sister Lynn Baer (Class of 1969) are directors of the GHS Museum. Please contact them with any questions or comments at or phone the museum at (619) 668-6140. We are open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month or by appointment on other Wednesdays.

keep the dog safe, resolve to fix it and then consider a doggy door to give your pet outdoor access during the day. 12) If you have a kitty, resolve to spend more time playing with it. Kitties need exercise too and most love to play and interact with their humans. 13) If you have a dog or cat with a major behavior issue, resolve to bring in a professional trainer or behaviorist to help you work though the issues. 14) If you have some extra time in your schedule, resolve to volunteer a few

hours routinely at a local shelter, or to help work with animal advocacy groups. 15) Lastly, resolve to spoil your furry kids as much as possible with your love, time and attention. They will give it back in spades and you will all have a wonderful year. Sari Reis is a humane education specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information you can contact her at (760) 644-0289 or www.

The February issue of the La Mesa Courier will be published Friday, Jan. 25. The advertising deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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