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Volume 3 – Number 2
Policies Flunk Out By Eric Yates, La Mesa Patch.com
Blanket Praise Quilter Linda Anderson earns a Noteworthy nod with her creations. Page 2
Goodbye, Coach La Mesa's Rick White was an inspiration on and off the field. Page 4
The American Lung Association in California has given the city of La Mesa an F rating for its tobacco policies – prompting a retort from Mayor Art Madrid that the group should focus its efforts elsewhere. The annual report, released Jan. 16, issues grades for all cities and counties in California on local tobacco control policies including those for smoke-free outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products. Overall, the association said the state of California “falls short in adequately funding tobacco prevention programs to protect children and curb tobaccocaused disease.” California earned an A grade for its smoke-free air policies but received a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs, and another F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services. La Mesa received an overall F grade, and received F’s in two out of the three categories: Smoke-free Outdoor Air: D; Smokefree Housing: F; Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products: F. Madrid said that this is the second or third year that the city has received these grades, saying that the American Lung Association always focuses on “the low hanging fruit, local stores.” “I know that all local stores in La Mesa require an I.D. check when making a tobacco purchase,” said Madrid. “I have told them, the ALA, that their time and energy would be better served and more effective, if they focused their attention on those issues at the federal and state levels, where legislation will address all of their concerns.” La Mesa’s neighboring city, El Cajon, received the highest grade in the county, a B, for its strong smoke-free outdoor air laws, smoke-free protections for apartment residents, and effective tobacco retail licensing program. Other neighboring communities Lemon Grove, Santee, See ALA Grade, Page 3
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They called it “The Party of the Century,” and it was. La Mesa’s community leaders, citizens and their families got dolled up to celebrate 100 years of the city’s incorporation at the La Mesa Commu-
nity Center Jan. 12. Mayor Art Madrid, the City Council, City staff, including assistant city manager Yvonne Garrett, who oversaw the Centennial Committee, Party co-chairs
La Mesa Winery to Open in Summer By Genevieve A. Suzuki
San Pasqual Winery is about to become the first La Mesabased winery, and its owners, Mike and Linda McWilliams, wouldn’t have it any other way. Currently based in Pacific Beach, the McWilliams decided to move the winery closer to their La Mesa home about a year ago. The move made sense since the San Pasqual Tasting Room is already in La Mesa Village. “We need more space and wanted to have it close to home,” said Linda, who moved with Mike to La Mesa 30 years ago. “Wine takes a lot of tending.” Because they wanted more room than their current 1,500foot spot, they began looking at the industrial area near Dixieline. After finding a 4,750-foot location on Center Drive, they went to City Hall to apply for the appropriate permits and promptly discovered that the winery would violate current zoning laws, which banned microbreweries, micro wineries, and production of alcohol or any fermented fruit products. The McWilliams went to see Mayor Art Madrid to tell him See Winery, Page 2
Linda Horrell and JoAnn Knutson, and a host of volunteers gathered together to happily toast the grand finale of a year’s worth of Centennial events. Upon entrance to the event, attendees were greeted by classic cars and La Mesa Women’s Club members, dressed in costumes from various eras. La Mesa’s Gary Burt crooned Sinatra tunes as guests selected different rooms reflecting several genres of music, including disco, rock ‘n’ roll and swing. Dancing the night away
wasn’t the only thing on the agenda – there was also an array of delicious choices from local restaurants, such as Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Casa de Pico and the Grove Pastry Shop. For those with daring spirits, opportunity drawings were available for entry as well. Although the night was quite chilly at 40-something degrees, the mood among revelers was warm as they dined, danced and dreamed of another 100 years for La Mesa. For more photos, see page 11.
Linda Anderson of La Mesa was a finalist in a national quilting competition coordinated by the Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase held Jan. 21-28 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif. She had two quilts under consideration: Respite and Carousel of Time. This is a fierce competition with $37,000 in prizes being distributed among winners. Anderson earned a bachelor of fine arts and a master of fine arts at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles. She taught art for six years. She belongs to the California Fiber Artists, Visions Art Museum, Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists, and Studio Art Quilt Associates. For more on Anderson and her quilts, visit her website at www. laartquilts.com.
Academic achievements Northern Arizona University’s Greek Life councils and chapters recently elected their new chapter leadership. Paxton Debolt of La Mesa was elected as Interfraternity
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Council President representing Sigma Nu. NAU’s Interfraternity Council serves as the governing body for 11 of the 12 social fraternities on campus. This council functions in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the North American Interfraternity Conference. There are 11 chapter presidents and an executive board. Madeline Lisa Rehm of La Mesa has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2012 semester. Rehm is majoring in Psychology. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. The following local residents are among 648 students who made the Dean’s List at California Lutheran University for the fall semester: Nicole Ahlering and Jamie Morriss. Both Ahlering and Morriss are from La Mesa. Ahlering is majoring in English and Morriss is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Students qualified for the fall Dean’s List by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average in their academic subjects. They will be recognized for their achievements at the Honors Convocation in April. Sharron Jordan of La Mesa has been named to Fort Hays State University’s Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester. The roll includes only full-time (12 credit hours or more) undergraduate students who have at least a 3.60 grade-point average for the semester. Both on-campus and FHSU Virtual College students are eligible. Have an accomplishment you’d like to crow about? Know someone who deserves special recognition? Submit your Noteworthy news to email@example.com.
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San Pasqual Winery Dessert & Wine Pairing – Feb. 12-14 San Pasqual Winery is hosting a Dessert & Wine Pairing event in honor of Valentine’s Day. Four sinfully decadent confections from San Diego Desserts will be paired with four specially selected San Pasqual Wines, plus a pour of the winery’s Tawny Port. $25 per person in advance; $30 at the door, if available. Call (619) 462-1797 to reserve your spot.
Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair – Feb. 16-17
The San Diego Chinese Center is hosting its 31st annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair Feb. 16-17 in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District of San Diego (3rd Avenue and J Street). The two-day event is an annual cultural outreach program as well as a fundraising event to benefit the year-round cultural programs and charitable services provided by the San Diego Chinese Center. The fair will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free and all ages are invited. The celebration includes lion and dragon dances, continuous live performances on stage with martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances, folk dances, and taiko drumming. Visitors can
sample over 50 food and commercial booths. Children can make lanterns and masks in the Children Craft Area, and march in the Lantern Parade each day. A full schedule of events can be found at the Fair website at www.sdcny.org See Events, Page 3
Winery, from page 1 their plans weren’t within zoning allowances. Mike credits Madrid with bringing San Pasqual to La Mesa in the first place after the mayor encouraged the McWilliams several years ago to open the Tasting Room in the Village over what else, but a shared bottle of wine at Gio’s. In an effort to assist the McWilliams’ proposed move, Madrid proposed the City Council direct the zoning department to prepare an ordinance permitting the winery. After the McWilliams presented their proposal, the council unanimously directed the planning department to first investigate changing zoning restrictions and then changing them if it was The larger venue will allow deemed acceptable. for production to double Mike and Linda assured within three years. the planning department that even with the ordinance, they still had a long way to go to get their winery set up in La Mesa. “We had to jump through hoops – fiery hoops. Little hoops that singed,” said Linda, referring to the many federal and state requirements she and Mike had to meet for a La Mesa winery to become a reality. Upon concluding its investigation, the planning group drafted an ordinance allowing the industrial area to have microSee Winery, Page 4
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“What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?” By Denise Pollard
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“Sit around.” Justina Vega La Mesa
5th Annual Casino Royale – Feb. 21
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce presents an evening of casino-style gaming with black jack, roulette and craps. The night features a silent auction, great food and beverages, raffles and more. The Chamber will be honoring eight heroes from the police department, fire department, local paramedics and members of the volunteer patrol. The event will be at the Town & Country Hotel & Resort’s Pacific Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. Tickets are $50 a piece, two for $80 or eight for $300 (includes $200 in gaming chips per person). Call or email the Chamber to purchase tickets at (619) 465-8800 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market – Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. The new market is located at La Mesa Civic Center, off Allison Avenue at the foot of Date Avenue, across from the new police headquarters. All the farmers and food vendors you’ve come to know and love, plus some new favorites. The La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market is held every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. “He’ll probably take me on a date somewhere. Last year we made sushi together.” Porshe Kida (and family) La Mesa
“Be with my sweetheart. I just have to find him.” Felicia DeRosa, La Mesa
“Finding a babysitter.” Cameron Turner La Mesa
ALA Grade, from page 1 and unincorporated San Diego County also received overall F grades. “Safeguarding our communities from the negative consequences of tobacco is critical,” said American Lung Association in California—San Diego Chairman Paul Manasjan. “These grades represent real health consequences. We know how to win the fight against tobacco, but it requires strong leadership and action by elected officials at all levels.” The association also criticized the state for not increasing its cigarette tax since 1999 and spending only 15 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to adequately fund tobacco prevention programs and services to help people quit smoking. There are about 3 million new youth smokers in the U.S. and 34,400 in California every year. About 37,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. “We need to do more to fight the influence of tobacco interSee ALA Grade, Page 5
How to Sell Your La Mesa Home Without an Agent La Mesa - If you’ve tried to sell your home yourself, you know that the minute you put the “For Sale by Owner” sign up, the phone will start to ring off the hook. Unfortunately, most calls aren’t from prospective buyers, but rather from every real estate agent in town who will start to hound you for your listing. Like other “For Sale by Owners”, you’ll be subjected to a hundred sales pitches from agents who will tell you how great they are and how you can’t possibly sell your home by yourself. After all, without the proper information, selling a home isn’t easy. Perhaps you’ve had your home on the market for several months with no offers from qualified buyers. This can be a very frustrating time, and many homeowners have given up their dreams of selling their homes themselves. But don’t give up until you’ve read a new report entitled “Sell Your Own Home” which has been prepared especially for homesellers like you. You’ll find that selling your home by yourself is entirely possible once you understand the process. Inside this report, you’ll find 10 inside tips to selling your home by yourself which will help you sell for the best price in the shortest amount of time. You’ll find out what real estate agents don’t want you to know. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1- 800-270-1494 and enter 1017. You can call any time, 24 hours a day,7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW. Paid Advertisement Courtesy of Dan Smith Re/Max 01346593
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The Sun Shines Sooner… By Pam Crooks This is not just a La Mesa story. It is the story of all of us. As I write this, I am winging my way from San Diego to Washington for the second Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. I’ve never gone to an inauguration before and I’m very excited. I’m wondering whether we’ll actually be able to see the President and his family in person instead of just on TV (and whether I brought warm enough clothes for several hours of waiting on the Mall for the festivities to begin). But mostly I’m thinking about how remarkable it is to be witnessing this occasion. While there were many wonderful things about the small Southern community I grew up in, I vividly remember racially segregated sections at the one and only movie theater; the “colored” waiting room and drinking fountain at the train station; and the community swimming pool where black children were not allowed to swim during the sweltering Southern summers. There were people living there who were born into slavery, but they went to a church “on the other side of town.” Our schools were integrated when I was in the 9th grade, and I attended what had previously been an all-black high school. To the community’s credit, I do not recall any turmoil over this transition – or at least my friends and I were not aware of it. But what I saw as I walked to school were houses nothing like those in my middle-class neighborhood. I also saw children who racially segregated themselves on the playground and in the lunchroom. Most Baby Boomer parents were kind, tolerant and loving people, who, along with our teachers and religious leaders, taught us the importance of caring for our neighbors and respecting the dignity of every human being. But we were being taught one thing while seeing another, and we knew it was wrong. So I do not think it’s a coincidence that many in my generation marched in the Civil Rights Movement, helped start the Peace Corps and Head Start and led protests against the Vietnam War. Racism wasn’t just happening in the South; it was everywhere. And it has not been eradicated. But in just 50 years, we have made great progress in the United States. I wish you could see what I see as I wait at the airport in Washington D.C. for my ride. It’s a happy chaotic scene, filled with people from all over the country who have flown in for this inauguration. Many are African American families or members of other racially diverse groups. My plane was filled with people on their way to the big celebration, white and black Americans sitting side by side, sharing stories and plans for the coming weekend. There is an air of excitement that I can only describe as infectious as well as an indisputable sense that this is an historic moment that could hardly be imagined 50 years ago. And yet, here I am. I feel like I should pinch myself. Dr. King had a dream; I’m lucky enough to see it being fulfilled in my lifetime.
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Letter from the Editor By Genevieve A. Suzuki
Valentine’s Day, like many of our holidays, has become over-commercialized. As with the other holidays, the stores busted out the decorations and sweetheart-themed merchandise as soon as you could kiss someone “Happy New Year!” There are hearts everywhere now, reminding those of us who have significant others that we need to pen the best poem, deliver the sweetest chocolates and book the most romantic of nights. Rather than give in to the mass-marketed idea of love, however, we should probably step back and take a better look at what we already have at home. Sincerely appreciating our loved ones is better than any Valentine manufactured by Hallmark. After all, time well spent is a gift you can never get back, making it the most valuable and selfless of contributions. Our cooking columnist, Julie White, recently lost her husband of 39 years. Rick White was a familiar face around La Mesa. A retired Grossmont District high school teacher and coach, Rick devoted much of his time to his family and the youth of our community. In addi-
Julie was born and raised in La Mesa and that he and Julie resided in La Mesa on the hill overlooking the Helix campus. Rick was a loyal La Mesan through and through,
and sought to inspire readers with stories of our local athletes. “Maybe you’ve noticed that really good coaches know how to inspire and motivate their athletes beyond what they think they are capable of doing,” wrote Rick. “That’s what I want these articles to focus on – ‘inspiration.’ This is not going to be a column on box scores. Athletes at Helix and Grossmont who have overcome extraordinary odds to achieve success in their sport and their lives – that’s who I want to focus on.” Rick was a coach’s coach. For a parent, the best coach a kid could have is a person who knows it’s not the outcome that matters, but the journey. And while I may not have known Rick personally, I am confident that he lived his life with Julie the way he coached his teams – completely, lovingly and with all of his heart and soul. Rest in peace, Rick. May your spirit and inspiration live on forever.
double within three years, according to Mike. “We’ll probably be at 3,000 cases,” he said with a smile. The new winery will also host events, according to the McWilliams. San Pasqual Winery event coordinator Brenda Nason said she can’t wait to use the new location. La Mesa couldn’t ask for a nicer pair of vintners than the McWilliams. Originally from Chicago, Mike and Linda met
during summer jobs while attending the University of the Pacific. And although the McWilliams are completely devoted to their winery, they haven’t quit their day jobs – Linda is a speech pathologist for Emerald and Hillsdale middle schools and Mike is a research psychologist with the U.S. Navy. The McWilliams formally entered the world of wine in February 2006 when they
Rick White, 1949-2012
Winery, from page 2 breweries and micro wineries. It also allowed for a conditional use permit for commercial areas. In November 2012, the council unanimously passed the ordinance, making way for the up-and-coming La Mesa-based San Pasqual winery, which is slated to open in June or July. The McWilliams are excited to move the winery to La Mesa. The larger venue will allow for production to
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Sammy’s Brings Back Original Menu After launching a new menu last summer, which included removing dishes, updating recipes and adding new items, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill has brought back its original menu in response to customer requests. The core business values at Sammy’s have always been focused on customer service and innovation and the company spent the last year making improvements throughout the restaurants, including design remodels and the addition of a full bar and handcrafted cocktails at multiple locations, a new logo and website. The new menu changes were part of the brand’s recent updates. “Being an innovator whose first priority is our customer means that sometimes adjustments need to be made to provide the best experience and service possible,” said Nicole Abraham, vice president of marketing for the Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill. “We knew how passionate our diners were about Sammy’s, but after the overwhelming response we realized this, and the importance of returning to our core business, even more. This is especially true as we continue our growth into
2013.” Sammy’s “Classics” have been added back to the menu: Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Thai Chicken Satays, Baba Ghanoush, Crab & Shrimp Dip, Crispy French Fries, Prosciutto Pizza, Five Cheese Pizza, Thai Chicken or Shrimp Pizza, Chinese Chicken Salad and Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap. The following items have returned to their original recipes and preparations: Margherita Pizza (tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil), Garlic Chicken and Shrimp Pizza, The Original Chopped Chicken Salad, Chilled Roasted Vegetable Salad, Oak Roasted Salmon Filet, and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta. A few new favorites will be added to Sammy’s original menu, including Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs, Shrimp & Grits and Burrata & Pesto Pizza. For more information and to view the complete menu, visit www.sammyspizza. com.
ALA Grade, from page 3 ests in California politics,” said American Lung Association in California Chairwoman Marsha Ramos. “Our state elected officials have an opportunity to change course in 2013 and make big strides in the fight to end tobacco-caused death and disease. It’s going to take a great deal of political will, but we are confident our elected officials are up to the challenge. Our children’s health is depending on them.” To view the complete California report, including grades for cities in San Diego County, visit www.lung.org/california.
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Mardi Gras at UCCLM Tradition holds that Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) ushers in the reflective season of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. The United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will be celebrating that tradition Feb. 10 with a Mardi Gras Sunday worship service that respects the meaning of worship as well as the joy of our faith. We invite you to join us, dress up (carnival masks and beads welcome!) and to start the spiritual journey leading to the celebration of the resurrection of life in Christ. Music – from “Just a Closer Walk” to “When the Saints Go Marching In!” will highlight both the 8:30 a.m. (in Friendship Hall) and 10 a.m (in the Sanctuary) services. UCCLM is an open and affirming congregation – all are welcome. UCCLM is located at 5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa. For more information, call (619) 464-1519 or visit www.uclm.org.
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Watchdog Group Requests Jumping on People is Council Transparency By Dave Schwab Watchdog La Mesa Citizens Oversight Group (LMCOG) is Not OK calling the La Mesa City Council out, insisting more transparency is needed in the council’s dealings. LMCOG cited three agenda items on the recent Jan. 8 La Mesa City Council meeting – a resolution to waive bidding requirements for purchase of a commercial lawnmower, discussion of eliminating the city’s Downtown Revitalization Subcommittee and proposed amendments to the council’s travel policy – as the most recent examples of the council’s need to be more forthcoming – and accountable – in its policies, particularly those dealing with fiscal expenditures. “Bypassing the required open bidding process and showing only one proposal [for a lawnmower purchase] is a concern … that alternatives [such as purchasing used but newer equipment and subcontracting out work] haven’t been explored and that the city bargaining power is being maximized,” wrote Scott Kidwell, LMCOG spokesman, in a letter. Kidwell’s letter goes on to say that his watchdog group “supports action that improves and protects open government and transparency ensuring full council participation in all issues and timely sharing of knowledge to each elected official and the public.” Regarding council travel expenses, Kidwell in his letter said, “We support increased control and reporting of expenses. Our review of travel and expenses and reports from the past several years show the [council’s] adherence to the current policy is inconsistent. We can see no legitimate reason the expense of taxpayer monies should not be fully and specifically justified, well in advance, to meet the mission, purposes and policies of the city government.” “Was [purchasing] a used machine considered?” asked Councilperson Ruth Sterling at the council meeting. City staffer Greg Humora, replying to Sterling’s query, defended staff’s decision to waive the bidding process and purchase outright a John Deere 1600 commercial mower as the See Council, Page 12
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Although nothing could be cuter than an adorable 5-pound puppy jumping up to greet you with doggy kisses and a wagging tail, it is no longer cute once that puppy is 75 pounds. It is downright dangerous, especially for young children and people who are elderly or frail. Teaching your dog not to jump on people is essen- tial since jumping up on someone could potentially cause them injury both physically and emotionally. The best time to teach your “furry kid” not to jump on people is when he is that adorable 5 pound puppy. Puppies are fairly easy to train using the appropriate rewards, positive and consistent encouragement and lots of patience. However, if your adult dog jumps up when greeting people, don’t despair. You can still teach an old dog new tricks and good manners! Training experts agree that the best way to eliminate an unwanted behavior, such as jumping on people, is to ignore it or teach an alternate behavior. So why does the dog jump up in the first place? He wants attention. What happens when you push him down or tell him to get off? He is getting attention. You have just given him what he wanted and reinforced the undesirable behavior. He will continue to jump up because he is getting what he wants. If the dog jumps up and you turn away and completely ignore him, however, he is not getting what he wants. There is no reinforcement for jumping up, so he eventually stops. It is not going to happen immediately. Sometimes it can take as long as a few weeks, so patience and perseverance are important. The key is consistency. If you do not ignore him every time he jumps, he will only get confused because half the time he is getting the desired attention and half the time he is not. Be sure to have everyone who associates with him on the same page. Tell people, “He is being trained not to jump. If he jumps, please turn away and ignore him.” People generally are happy to comply. You can also teach your dog a replacement behavior for jumping such as sit-stay. Use a reward the dog loves, a delicious treat, and your dog will learn it is more rewarding to sit when greeting a new person than to jump for attention. This will also take practice and patience but is well worth it. Be aware that when you originally start to extinguish a behavior, you often get more of it. The dog continues to try to See Jump, Page 14
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purchased the urban winery, which had been for sale online. “We thought, ‘This is pretty cool. Maybe we should do this,’” said Linda. The McWilliams suddenly had a winery, but knew little about actually making wine. Linda signed up for winemaking class at Mira Costa College and made several key connections. She learned from Jim Hart of Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery and networked with Adam Caruth, who owns Caruth Cellers in Solana Beach. “They helped us get through the first crush season,” said Linda, who adds they try as much as possible to buy grapes from San Diego County. San Pasqual also gets its grapes from Monterey, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. Once the McWilliams got the winemaking down, they wanted to find a way to get their product to the public. “Mike thought we could do the wine bar thing and cut out the middle man,” Linda said. San Pasqual Winery’s Tasting Room opened during Christmas in the Village in 2009. “There was still wet paint on the walls,” said Linda, looking around at the Tasting Room that now shows off several awards the McWilliams have received for their various wines, including a gold award at the California State Fair wine competition for the San Pasqual Winery Summer Vine “Blanc” Passion Fruit wine, which also received the distinction for “Best Fruit Wine” at the 2012 San Diego County Wine Festival at the San Pasqual Winery will be the first of its kind in La Mesa. San Diego County Fair.
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La Mesa Reads
By Jessie Goodwin, Librarian Greetings from the staff of San Diego County Library’s La Mesa branch. We hope you enjoyed participating in our Winter Reading Challenge and congratulate our winners who took home a variety of gift cards and prize baskets. The latest in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Notorious Nineteen, was one of January’s most popular titles at the La Mesa branch. In Evanovich’s newest adventure, Plum has to track down a con man who vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann was another popular fiction title. This debut novel follows a pair of cousins whose lives begin to unravel when they discover a murder victim near their estate on Martha’s Vineyard. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell was also a popular fiction choice. This original novel, which links stories from six different time periods, was recently adapted for film. In nonfiction, Bossypants by Tina Fey was one of the most sought-after titles. Fey’s funny biography gives readers a glimpse into her life as she balances work, marriage and motherhood. San Diego County Library is turning 100 in 2013 and we will be celebrating the centennial throughout the year. We’ve teamed up with Blick Art MateSee LM Reads, Page 9
Mayor Lauds City Achievements By Dave Schwab La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid recently touted the city’s accomplishments in 2012, which included hosting a centennial celebration, despite tough economic times and significant challenges posed by state funding cutbacks. “We ended the year with a number of positive and successful accomplishments, in spite of an economy that is recovering at snail’s pace, and a state legislature and congress whose inaction and animosity toward its political counterparts prevailed over cooperation and compromise,” said Madrid during his Jan. 8 audit report, which resembled a state-of-the city address. “The tipping point for California cities was the governor’s mandates to eliminate redevelopment agencies, and the state’s realignment policy in releasing ‘non-violent’ prisoners back to the communities where they came from,” said Madrid. “Each of these landmark decisions, and their consequences, has had a serious financial impact for La Mesa with unforeseen public safety issues.” Noting the city was glad in many ways
to “see 2012 in our rear-view mirror,” Madrid pointed out “local governments are the governments of last resort whom residents depend on to protect their families and properties from harm.” Madrid gave a long list of city accomplishments, including a final update of the city’s comprehensive general plan, a smart growth SANDAG planning grant to develop a bicycle facilities and alternative transportation plan, the first-ever city parks master plan, the relocation of the city’s farmers market to the Civic Center Complex, $650,000 in funding for the Junior Seau Sports Complex for installation of artificial turf and a city permitting change allowing alcohol to be produced in commercial and industrial zones paving the wave for breweries and wineries to come to La Mesa. “My special thanks go to the centennial committee, 60 hardworking volunteers who met monthly for more than two years, as well as See Mayor, Page 11
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Helix Highlights By Jennifer Osborn Helix Charter High School is proud to announce that the school is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the San Diego Chargers. The grant was provided by the Chargers Champions program, which was established to help improve the physical fitness of students in San Diego-area schools. Physical Education Department Chairperson Donnie Van Hook accepted the award, which will be used to upgrade the weight room. During the press conference held at Helix, alumnus and former NFL player Leon White spoke about the value of health and fitness, and noted that Helix’s current weight room contained much of the same equipment he used as a student in the early 1980s. Van Hook explained that the courses being offered in the PE Department are focusing on fitness in an effort to curb the childhood obesity epidemic. With the new equipment, the department will be able to offer more weight training classes, and he hopes more students will take advantage of the opportunity to learn about fitness and nutrition through these classes. Much of
the equipment has already arrived, and everything should be up and running soon. Families interested in attending Helix for the 2013-14 school year are invited to attend one of several Parent Information Nights to find out what Helix has to offer, and how to enroll. Students living within the Helix attendance area will be able to confirm their intent to enroll. Those living outside of the attendance area will learn about the lottery process. March 21 will be the final day to submit your name for consideration for enrollment through the lottery. Please join us at any of the following: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Vista La Mesa Academy, 3900 Violet St., La Mesa, 91942. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Lemon Grove Academy, 7866 Lincoln St., Lemon Grove, 91945. Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 to 7 p.m. Location: La Mesa Middle School, 4200 Parks Ave., La Mesa, 91942 Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Parkway Middle
Foothiller Footsteps By Connie and Lynn Baer
In its first year, the 1920-‘21 Grossmont High School student body, which numbered about 200 students, selected its four Associated Student Body officers: president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. To assist with student activities, there were two grade level representatives for each grade. A total of 12 students planned student activities. Today’s ASB consists of 11 elected officers with an ASB class numbering 42 and a student body totaling 2,500 students. Since its beginnings, the ASB class’s
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purpose has been to foster school spirit and to create activities designed to involve the entire student body. In 1920, the activities centered
around senior activities: the senior play, “All of a Sudden Peggy,” a Hallowe’en masquerade, parties such as wiener roasts and surprise parties for beloved teachers, planning their Baccalaureate Services, Class Night, and Commencement. The students’ pride in their newly formed school is clearly shown in the ending line of their yearbook reflection: “Here are three cheers for our dear old G.U.H.S.” By contrast today’s ASB activities seem overwhelming. Throughout the year, the ASB class works to increase school spirit and to involve all Grossmont students in their activities. Two of their major activities are Homecoming, which in 2012 celebrated a “Wizard of Oz” theme, “There’s No Place like Grossmont” and the upcoming Nominating Convention in March, a GHS tradition since the 1950s. Some of their other activities this year include the following: October: Lunchtime Food Faire sponsored by clubs and campus organizations November: Leadership Conference (for over 1,000) at Del Mar Fairground as part of the “Ask Me” crew assisting student leaders December: Day of Understanding for the Sophomore Class, promoting communication between students January: 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive (last year GHS took second place in the 90 school county wide competition) Part of the food collected is donated directly to GHS families in need. February: Grossmont High School Community Night, Feb. 8, for all 8th graders, who will be admitted free to the basketball game with activities and fun See Grossmont, Page 13
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THE HISTORICAL VIEW
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Let’s Hear It for the (Pioneering) Ladies By James D. Newland Ed. note: This month La Mesa Courier is proud to introduce a new column, The Historical View, written by James D. Newland. Newland is supervising historian and a manager for the California State Parks Department’s Southern Service Center in San Diego. One hundred years ago the ladies of La Mesa were the community’s society veterans. At City incorporation in 1912 the La Mesa Women’s Club was already ten years old – and is currently the oldest active service club in town. Twelve pioneering and forward-thinking ladies formed the small, rural community’s seminal institution in May 1902. Its purpose to promote “sociability and mutual sympathy, and unify uplifting of oneself and those around them.” Early club histories identified the initial members as Miss M. Anthony, Mrs. Louisa Commo, Mrs. Sara Upton Edwards, Mrs. Mary B. Ferguson, Mrs. Louise Finley, Miss Tina Hibson,
The photograph featured this month shows a gathering of La Mesa’s oldest active service club, circa 1910. Mrs. Helen Stoddard is second from the left in the middle of the image with the small purse on her arm. Image courtesy La Mesa Historical Society Mrs. Clara Magruder, Mrs. Florence McKinney, Mrs. Katherine Pearson, Mrs. John Rodgers, Miss Nellie Simonds, and Mrs. Lula Van Doran. First president and founder 47-year-old Mary Ferguson and her 69-year-old husband William arrived in La Mesa in early 1902 from the exclusive Hyde Park section of Chicago. Their 20-year long marriage was the second for the native See Historical View, Page 15
La Mesa Reads, from page 7 rials to host a countywide art contest from Jan. 1 through May 31. On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. the La Mesa branch will provide art supplies for adults to use to create entries that illustrate our centennial theme, “100 Years of Stories.” Would you or someone you know like to practice speaking English in a fun, comfortable environment? Beginning Feb. 7, please join us on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for our new English Conversation Café. Open to anyone who is learning English as a second language, this relaxed setting will allow you to practice your conversational English while making new friends. Have you heard of Hecklevision? Bring your smartphone to the library the evening of Friday, Feb. 22 to experience it for yourself. At 6 p.m. we’ll provide the movie and you provide the heckling. When you text your comments to the number we provide, they’ll appear on the screen through the magic of MuVChat. This event is open to ages 18 and older. Call the branch to sign up or get more details. All San Diego County Library branches will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents’ 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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all the deductions or credits for which you qualify. It can also make it easier for your CPA to offer tax planning advice that can help you minimize your taxes now and in the future. If you’re not sure what you’ll need, ask your CPA for details.
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If you lose your financial records due to disaster or theft, would you be able to replace or reproduce them? If possible, try to keep electronic backup of all important
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1. Slate and Holly Montgomery and Rosalie and Bill O’Brien were among the night’s guys and dolls. 2. Centennial Gala co-chair Linda Horell helped paint a clearer picture of La Mesa’s 100-year history. 3. La Mesa Women’s Club members Michelle Yale and Maryann Alianelli invited guests to come fly with them. 4. Assistant city manager Yvonne Garrett conjures the flower children of the ‘60s. 5. The façade of a train parked at the La Mesa Community Center paid homage to the La Mesa train station. 6. La Mesa Patch.com’s Ken Stone took time from snapping shots to pose with Jon Hedberg. 7. Beth Morgante flashes the peace sign alongside friends Aaron and Bernadette Landau. 8. Mission Publishing Group’s Jim and Robin Madaffer flank U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis, dressed as a suffragist.
Mayor, from page 7 city manager Yvonne Garrett who quarterbacked this project, to produce this yearlong event,” said Madrid who asked for – and received – a standing round of applause for volunteers. In other actions: – Councilman Ernest Ewin presented a commendation to elementary school-age sisters Lialla and Audrey Sass, who raised approximately $3,000 to benefit the El Cajon Animal Shelter, which also serves La Mesa. – Following a brief presentation by city manager Garrett, the council voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of a 2.82-acre parcel at 7410 Waite Dr. for up to $257,000, authorizing up to six months of payments and closing costs up to $75,000 from the general fund to be reimbursed by future Park In-Lieu fees paid by developers. Garrett said the land could conceivably be used for a future park. “La Mesa needs 5 more parks and the opportunity
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whole. His colleagues agreed, voting 5-0 to do so. Kidwell said LMCOG was created in June 2012 by himself and a core group of other politically conservative individuals who are committed to holding the City Council more accountable for their actions. He said travel expenses are a prime example. “The last few years there’s been a lot of travel by councilmembers,” Kidwell said. “I don’t think there was good
exposure, or transparency, about what these trips were about, if they were germane to their jobs. I’ve been pushing pretty hard to have more transparency and more reporting on travel expenses.” At the Jan. 8 meeting, Ewin’s proposal to adopt amendments clarifying the city’s travel policy were adopted. Kidwell described that development as “a very good start,” adding, “I would hope other cities would do the same.”
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Foothillers, from page 8 for all. April: Airbands Talent Show and then a few days later the District Competition in Old Gym One of the cheers that typifies the spirit of this year’s ASB is this one: “Whose House? G House!” Each day, ASB works to celebrate Grossmont High School, its past and its present. For more information about ASB, please email ASB Advisor, Jeremy Hersch, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you would like to experience firsthand our 92-year-old tradition of GHS Spirit, visit the GHS Museum and see our amazing memorabilia! 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 ghsmuseum@guhsd. net or phone the museum at (619) 668-6140. We are open to the public from noon to 4 the first Wednesday of each month or by appointment other Wednesdays.
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SERVICE CLUB CALENDAR La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club Meeting Location: Terra American Bistro, 7091 El Cajon Blvd. Website: lamesasunriserotary.com Email: email@example.com Phone: (619) 644-7146 Meeting dates and times: Friday 7:15 a.m.
Email: Cathy.Saur@uboc. com Meeting dates and times: First and third Saturday of the month, 7:30 a.m. Special events: Bunco Night Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Andrews Church.
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Meeting location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Website: lamesalionsclub. La Mesa Rotary Club com Meeting Location: La Mesa Email: LaMesaLions@ Community Center, 4975 gmail.com Memorial Dr. Phone: Manny Demetre, Website: www.lamesarotary. treasurer (619) 462-2742 org Meeting dates and times: Phone: (619) 465-2477 Tuesday noon to 1:30 p.m. Meeting dates and times: Optimist Club of La Wednesday noon Special events: On Feb. Mesa 6, Emily Cox will share Meeting location: Marie information on the U.S. Callender’s Restaurant, Olympic Training Center Alvarado Road in Chula Vista. On Feb. 20, Meeting dates and times: Mayor Art Madrid will be Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. the special guest speaker. On Feb. 20, Anne Bessinger Soroptimist comes in from Sullivan International of La Solar Power to talk about Mesa the benefits of going solar. Meeting location: Denny’s The Lake Murray Restaurant, 2691 Navajo Road Kiwanis Club Website: www.silamesa.org Meeting location: Breakfast Meeting dates and times: Meeting, Marie Calendar’s First and second Thursday Restaurant and Bakery of each month, 7:30 to 8:30 Website: lakemurraykia.m. wanis.org
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LaMesaCourier.com — February 2013
Letter to the Editor
Second Amendment Protects All Guns As one who has never been a gun owner, I found your drivel for gun confiscation disgustingly shortsighted. With respect to your self-importance as editor of a neighborhood paper, I’m going to side with the thinking of America’s Founding Fathers on this one. In your miniature perspective, has it never dawned on you that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, plus others, surely put deep thought into personal armaments – even with its possibility of occasional consequence? Do you not think there were unspeakable rampages with guns in their day? Do you not trust they cared for the well being of America’s future generations of children? Be assured, these historic titans of authentic progressiveness studiously weighed every aspect before adjoining their names in law to solidify their judgment. In translation for you, Genevieve: the guarantee of cherished freedoms, like speaking and living openly, was produced solely from the barrels of its citizenry who took up arms. It was deemed at the time, and has proven itself, to be the ultimate, grassroots insurance policy against enemies and adversaries – current and coming, foreign and domestic – who would try to crush such human rights. That’s right, they’re the ultimate shield for all of our human rights because freedom is never a done deal. Inanely, you’re ready to disable and surrender its valued safeguard for “parenting” today. Geez, Genevieve, that’s shameless pandering, even for a foolish attorney mindset, let alone an ever disingenuous president you fawn over. The both of you need a civics compass. The Bill of Rights is not a suggestion. Arms of its teeth, period. In speculating, perhaps you’ve concluded insurgent force, either by manpower or illegal political decree, won’t confront this nation again, rendering guns as unneeded. Uh, yeah, such plights only befall other countries with their 2,500-plus-year histories. That would never happen to us, a scant 236-year-old union. Just them, right? Meanwhile, it’s cruel that calculating liberals like you exploit the tragedy of Sandy Hook for a wonted agenda. (“Never let a good crisis go to waste for political advantage.” – Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff for Obama). Your childhood trauma was unfortunate, indeed. Yet, you omitted vast accounts of other vulnerable women, elderly and businesses who defended themselves with firepower in the shadows of thugs and brutality. Come on, you can’t feign ignorance of this. Also, just their mere threat of defense has certainly saved pools of newspaper ink that would’ve otherwise become heinous stories. Don’t these people count in your world, too, Ms. Editor? Here’s breaking news for you, dear – sick minds have never ceased anywhere in the world. Anywhere. Still it’s Newtown or larger carnage by truck bomb in Oklahoma City, evil has its ways. Incidentally, did you call for truck rental control in the slaughter of those 168 murders? Your article would’ve been better served in urging two simple things: (1) personal civility in present day thought and (2) outrage for Hollywood’s incessant violent images as entertainment which consumed Adam Lanza’s malleable, brainwashed mind. Of course, that would mean turning against your fellow leftwing zealots by not seeming “cool” – fat chance there. (But take note, counselor, that public contempt I advise does not extend in abridging Hollywood’s Constitutional right to its product, no matter how rancid). In closing, the sentiments expressed here are genuine, however, I will not sign a claim for them because, like it or not, they’re in the DNA of freedom for everyone who calls America home. Of course, don’t blame me in choosing anonymity, Genevieve. Instead, as you do for guns, blame the device – the Xerox Phaser 6500 – which printed this. Imagine that utopia – no such item, no letter of criticism. Anonymous 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.)
Historical View, from page 9 of Ireland, a recently retired and successful insurance man. Mary had reportedly been a member of a large women’s club in the nation’s burgeoning second city. As such, the ladies selected Mary for the Club’s initial president. The Club grew quickly reportedly topping 40 members by 1904 – quite remarkable for a community of around 250 total residents. William and Mary moved to northern California in 1907. Original member Sara Upton Edwards followed as the second club president in 1906. Mrs. Edwards, a New York native, was a 59-year-old widow who lived with her sister Louise (an original club member as well) and brother-in-law Kellogg B. Finley. The Finleys were one of the area’s pioneer families, arriving in Allison Springs (downtown La Mesa’s original name) in 1888 (Finley Avenue is named for K.B., the City’s first treasurer). Mrs. Edwards and K.B. would live in La Mesa into the 1930s. Other notable pioneering Club members included Clara (Carrie) Magruder and Florence McKinney. Mrs. Magruder, age 36 in 1902, was married to community developer William Magruder. She was also mother to initial La Mesa Scout newspaper editor Wiley Magruder. All were Missouri natives. Florence McKinney was married to the Rev. Henry A. McKinney. McKinney was a businessman, lemon rancher, Allison School trustee and early Methodist Church minister. Florence and Henry arrived in La Mesa Springs in 1902. They were originally from Illinois and Indiana. Florence was a 38-yearold mother of two at the time of their move to La Mesa. (The McKinney’s 1908 home on the southeast corner of University and Pine is the current location of the La Mesa Historical Society). The broad geographic breadth of early La Mesa’s pioneer residents was reflected in
the early club membership. Louisa Commo was related to pioneer lemon rancher Rueben Commo, a French Canadian immigrant from New Brunswick. Katherine (Carrie) Pearson was married to English immigrant George Pearson, a La Mesa Townsite (today’s College Area) farmer. Lula Van Doran was a 26-yearold Nebraska native and wife of fruit rancher Charles. Yet at the time of La Mesa Springs’ move to incorporation it was two other early club members who played significant roles in the city’s formation. These two ladies, Mrs. Helen Stoddard and Mrs. Isadore Barney, would both serve as Club presidents. Stoddard, Club president from 1909 to 1911, was a 58-year-old widow when she and her 35-year-old son Robert moved to La Mesa in 1909. Mrs. Barney, wife of Dr. Charles Barney, was president from 1911 to 1914. Both ladies were supportive of the key women’s issues of the day such as temperance and suffrage (of which Californians passed in the October 1911 general election – and Progressive Era La Mesa Springs helped support and pass). In addition, both were signers of the initial incorporation petitions for La Mesa. Stoddard, who had been widowed young, had then completed college and taught school in Nebraska and Texas before moving to La Mesa. Interestingly, both Stoddard and Barney were so well respected that both were nominated to be on the ballot for the initial City Board of Trustees (Council) – both declined. Mrs. Barney wishing to continue her work with the Club and Mrs. Stoddard to make history. That fall of 1912 Mrs. Helen Stoddard, former Women’s Club president and resident of the new city of La Mesa (population 700), became the first California lady to run for U.S. Congress.
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