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Volume 3 – Number 4

Spring Street 7-Eleven Moves Forward

Mt. Helix Rises to the Easter Occasion

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La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid starts his mornings early. He wakes up at around 4 a.m. to scan through USA Today, read and answer emails and surf the web for stories relevant to La Mesa. His favorite website, Rough & Tumble (www.rtumble.com), offers a “snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics.” “Knowledge is power,” explained Madrid, who has been mayor since 1990. “It’s not that I want to know everything. It’s that I don’t want to be blindsided.” He said he also likes to see how other San Diego County cities are doing. “Everyone has best practices,” he said, mentioning Escondido.

ood heavens, not 7-Eleven. That’s what some neighbors were saying at the La Mesa City Council March 12 hearing in opposition to a proposed 2,940-square-foot corporate chain convenience store at 4200 Spring St. on a now-vacant former gas station/ car wash site. The Council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Ruth Sterling dissenting, to ratify the city design review board’s approval of building and landscape specifications for the new 7-Eleven which would be located in a commercial zone with scenic preservation, urban design and mixed-use planning overlays near the Highway 94-125 interchange. City manager Dave Witt noted it was rare to have a city design review board approval for a project challenged. “In most cases those are placed on the consent calendar,” Witt said. “I cannot recall the last time we’ve had this level of discussion over a design review item.” Witt said the vote was not for ultimate approval of the 7-Eleven. The vote was instead to determine whether the project, as presented, meets the city’s urban design standards. Representatives from 7-Eleven gave a slide show presentation detailing their project. They pointed out, after numerous meetings with neighbors, that the project’s design has been significantly modified to address neighbors’ concerns by enlarging and enhancing landscaping, taking all mechanical equipment down off the roof and putting it into a secure enclosure, and by installing downward-pointing lighting to minimize impacts to adjacent properties. A couple of residents testified at the Council hearing they doubted the corporation would be a good neighbor. One resi-

See Madrid, Page 9

See 7-Eleven, Page 12

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

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t’s probably the prettiest Easter sunrise service in San Diego. The Mt. Helix Park Easter Sunrise Service, now in its 96th year, attracts around 1,000 participants, making it the park’s most attended event. With the large cross set against a clear sky above La Mesa, it’s hard to imagine a more awe-inspiring spiritual experience this time of the year. Mt. Helix Park Foundation executive director Tracey Stotz, who attends the service every year, said the park’s Easter program is one of the most inspirational services she has attended. “Imagine sitting in this beautiful outdoor setting,” she said. “A cool breeze is blowing through the air, caressing your face. It is dark when you arrive to take your seat, but as you get comfortable, the sun begins to peek over the mountains to the east. At first Gary Severt

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Mayor Art Madrid Earns the Title of Mr. La Mesa By Genevieve A. Suzuki

Mayor Madrid jokes with Megan Custeau, owner of The Lunch Box restaurant.

The Mayor inspects progress at the site of the future La Mesa Meadows development.

“La Mesa Journal” is a new regular feature in the Courier that highlights a regular day in the life of a community member. Because this is the inaugural article, it seemed fitting to start with one of La Mesa’s most high profile residents, the city’s longtime mayor, Art Madrid.

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La Mesa resident Connie Butt, a operated Lemon Drop Productions, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in San Diego-based communications and La Mesa, was recently honored by the event planning firm. She also served Pacific Southwest Association of Real- as director of public relations for the tors (PSAR) as the 2012 PSAR Veteran law offices of Mazzarella Caldarelli, as interim director of community and Member of the Year. Butt has been a full-time realtor public relations for the San Diego State since May 1972, and has specialized University Research Foundation, and in 1031 tax deferred exchange trans- as the assistant director of public relaactions since 1986. In 1983, she was tions for the San Diego Opera. Before embarking on her public elected as the first woman president of the East San Diego County Associa- relations career, she was a television tion of Realtors (ESDCAR), now known journalist for three ABC-TV affiliates, serving as both as the Pacific Southwest news reporter and news Association of Realtors. anchor among other In 1999, she was named roles. ESDCAR Realtor of the Winet Rodriguez is Year. a member of the Public Butt has served Relations Society of on numerous realtor America, the Internacommittees dealing with tional Association of such real estate industry Business Communicaissues as professional tors, the International standards, government Special Events Society, affairs, ethics, arbitraConnie Butt the Association of tion and hearings. Her Private Sector Colleges extensive experience and Universities, and and devotion to the real the San Diego Regional estate professional has Chamber of Commerce. earned her honorary In addition to being life membership in the recognized as one of California AssociaSan Diego’s Women tion of Realtors and the Who Mean Business in National Association of 2010, she has earned Realtors. three PRSA Mark of GHS alum promoted Excellence awards, two Shari Winet RodriGeorgia Hospital Assoguez, a local profesciation Broadcast Media sional with more than Recognition awards, 20 years of experience Shari Winet Rodriguez and an Associated Press in the communicaaward for Excellence in tions industry, has been Television Reporting. promoted to vice president of public A second generation San Diego relations for Bridgepoint Education, native, Winet Rodriguez earned her Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of innovabachelor’s degree in journalism from tive solutions that advance learning. San Diego State University, where she Winet Rodriguez joined the San also holds professional certification in Diego-based higher education company meeting and event planning. She is a in 2008 as a director, and was promoted graduate of Grossmont High School in to associate vice president in 2010. La Mesa, and is a former Miss El Cajon. Starting out as a one-person public relations department responsible for Academic honors media relations and corporate commuSeveral local residents made the nications on behalf of Bridgepoint academic Deans’ List at Azusa Pacific Education, Winet Rodriguez has since University. These students are honored developed the company’s public rela- for a fall 2012 grade-point average of tions department into a team of 18 3.5 or better. The students are: Payton communications professionals in five K. Boeh, communication studies; states. Emma J. McIntosh, graphic design; Prior to joining Bridgepoint Educa- and Brooke V. Richards, liberal tion, Winet Rodriguez owned and studies.

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Events Calendar Write Out Loud’s The Big Read – April 2

Write Out Loud is teaming up with the La Mesa Arts Alliance and San Pasqual Winery to bring The Big Read to La Mesa Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room. Pairing the exotic flavors of San Pasqual Winery’s signature selection of hand-crafted wines with dramatic readings of Bradbury’s literary works, the celebration will feature a performance of The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair. Vice Mayor Mark Arapostathis will join Write Out Loud co-founders Walter Ritter and Veronica to bring Bradbury’s poignant short story to life. A discussion of the themes, ideas and values delineated in Fahrenheit 451 will round out the evening. The free event features a no-host bar. Guests are invited to RSVP by March 26 to writeoutloudsd@gmail.com.

“The Anatomy of Hate; A Dialogue to Hope” – April 3

“The Anatomy of Hate; A Dialogue to Hope,” an award-winning documentary film directed by Michael Ramsdell and focusing on individual and collective ideologies of hate will be shown during a free screening and Q&A with the director at 3:30 p.m. April 3, in Building 26, Room 220 at Grossmont College. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit “campus information” at www.gross​ mont.edu.

Fourth Annual East County Earth Day – April 14

You won’t want to miss the Fourth Annual East County Earth Day at Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheater Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co-hosted by The Jarrett Meeker and Mt. Helix Park Foundations, East County Earth Day will feature eco-friendly vendors such as Birch Aquarium, The California Wolf Center and I Love A Clean San Diego with interactive environmental and wildlife presentations. The Jan Conner Duo, David Rouillard and

George Comes will perform at the top of the Park while the speaker stage will feature Marion Stacey of The Hummingbird Rescue, The San Diego Zoo, and La Mesa Fair Trade. Free parking and shuttles will run from the fire station at 10105 Vivera Dr. in La Mesa as well as from Grossmont High School and the Spring Valley & East Communities Center at 3845 Spring Dr. For more information, visit www.mthelixpark.org.

La Mesa Relay for Life Kick-Off Party – April 19

La Mesa’s Relay for Life celebrates 100 years of the American Cancer Society Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department community room. Food will be donated by Trolley Stop Deli. Information about the actual relay, scheduled for Aug. 24 & 25, will be available.

“Preventing Falls: What You Can Do” – April 24

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Preventing Falls: What You Can Do,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be a representative from San Diego County’s Fall Prevention Task Force, a partnership of local service providers and community volunteers who work to reduce falls and their devastating consequences.

La Mesa City Council – Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month

The La Mesa City Council meets at Council Chambers in City Hall, 8130 Allison Ave., at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month and 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month.

La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market – Fridays

The La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market is located at La Mesa Civic Center, off Allison Avenue at the foot of Date Avenue, across from the new Police Headquarters, just a stone’s throw away from the previous site. Every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.


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THE HISTORICAL VIEW

LONG-STANDING LEMON (COMPANY BUILDING) By James D. Newland A few weeks back, La Mesans, and visitors to the downtown Village, likely noticed the painters’ scaffolding surrounding one of its landmark buildings. That building, at the southwest corner of La Mesa Boulevard and Nebo Drive, has been at the commercial center of our community – even before it was much of a community. That landmark is the La Mesa Lemon Company building (the north half dating back to 1894 and the origins of the village as business center). It was in that year that local residents living nearby the San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern Railroad’s (SDCE) Allison Station first launched its claim to making this area the region’s business hub. The SDCE opened their new railroad east from San Diego to Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Allison Station and beyond in 1889. Yet, at the time the San Diego Flume Company’s proposed La Mesa Townsite was centered on the Company’s lands at today’s 70th Street and El Cajon Boulevard. However, with the establishment of the railroad bypassing the Townsite for Allison Springs (the original springs are located in today’s Collier Park), the infrastructure for nineteenth century speculation on “the Mesa” had shifted east. This didn’t go unnoticed by a couple of experienced speculator capitalists. The first was Andrew S. Crowder. An Illinois native Crowder was a 30-year-old investor and banker who had arrived in San Diego a few years earlier. He and his new wife, Marie, planned to settle down – and invest. In late 1893 Crowder purchased James Schuyler’s Lookout Ranch, an approximately 80-acre citrus ranch that covers today’s Boulder Heights adjacent to the Allison Family’s holdings (approximately 4,000 acres which covered much of La Mesa south of today’s

University Avenue south into Lemon Grove). Interestingly, Crowder had been a partner with long-standing San Diego capitalist and civic leader Bryant Howard in the Consolidated Bank of San Diego. It had been one of the most successful local financial institutions until it failed in the Great Bank Panic of February 1893. Many locals believed that Howard’s poor management of the bank being one of the causes

The photograph featured this month is of the original La Mesa Lemon Company building – the oldest commercial building in La Mesa, c. 1895. Image courtesy La Mesa Historical Society. of the bank’s failure. The 59-year-old Howard’s financial troubles in San Diego apparently lead him to follow his former business partner Crowder to Allison Springs in 1894. The bank collapse scandal likely also helps explain why Crowder incorporated his new business venture, the La Mesa Lemon Company, with Howard’s 40-year-old wife Medora Howard, and not Bryant. Now owners of “lemon ranches” in Allison Springs, both the Crowders and Howards recognized the need for centering their new agricultural venture along a railroad. Shortly thereafter they constructed the two-story brick façade Lemon Company

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Sunrise Service, from page 1 it is a gold glimmer, then it rises majestically to a full orb of brightness. If that doesn’t say, ‘Christ is Risen!’ I don’t know what does.” This year the service is being hosted by Christ Lutheran Church of La Mesa, which has hosted in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2013. The service host rotates, according to Stotz. “For many years, during the time the county ran the park, the service was coordinated by the La Mesa Rotary Club. I don’t know much about that time frame since it was before the foundation ran the park. Since we have been here, the Annual Easter Sunrise Service has been hosted by Foothills United Methodist, Skyline, Calvary Chapel and Cross Point Life Church as well as Christ Lutheran. “One year it was even hosted by a group of

churches organized by Foothills United Methodist. This year we had approached a variety of churches to host and due to either budget constraints [the host has to pay for shuttles, sound equipment and overnight security if they set up on Saturday] or a preference to only have services at their own property we couldn’t find another host. Christ Lutheran was gracious enough to step up again to host,” said Stotz. The Mt. Helix Park Easter Sunrise Service is being hosted by Christ Lutheran Church of La Mesa Sunday, March 31, at 6:30 a.m. Free shuttles start at 5:30 a.m. from Grossmont Center Mall in the Walmart parking lot, the Brigantine Restaurant and the San Miguel Fire Station.

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The Sun Shines Sooner… By Pam Crooks

On a cold night in January 2012, volunteers documented the presence of 40 homeless persons in the City of La Mesa.* And those were just the ones who were visible; undoubtedly more were sleeping in cars or camping in ravines. But La Mesa does not have a homeless shelter. Or does it? At least six La Mesa churches currently participate in a model rotational shelter program called the Interfaith Shelter Network, operating in East County since 1987. Three local churches, Foothills United Methodist, First United Methodist of La Mesa and Vista La Mesa Christian open their doors for two weeks each winter to homeless single adults and families, providing 12 beds, three meals a day, transportation tokens and, most importantly, friendship and hope. Other La Mesa churches, including St. Martin of Tours Catholic, Crosspointe Life Church, United Church of Christ and New Life Presbyterian, provide volunteer support and help with supplies. Hundreds of La Mesa volunteers participate every year. At the end of a two week stay at one church, the guests move to the next one in the rotation, where they find an equally warm reception. The guests typically stay in the ISN program an average of 30 nights. I spoke to two church volunteer coordinators and asked why they participate year after

year. La Mesa First United Methodist Church has been a host church since the East County branch began in 1987. Derek Wilton’s mom helped start it. Derek, who works in the Facilities Management Department of the SDSU Research Foundation, has been involved as a volunteer for almost two decades, serving as coordinator for the last several years. “When I get to meet and become acquainted with shelter guests each year, I realize any one of us could be in that situation. (And)…I would surely wish for a program just like this one to help me.” Amy Cliffe, a registered nurse who works nights in Grossmont Hospital’s surgical ICU, has been a volunteer for the rotational shelter for 22 years. Her small church, Vista La Mesa Christian, has participated since 1989. Theirs is a small congregation, maybe 70 in the pews on a Sunday morning, said Amy. But the church family is truly committed to this effort, and they have the support of other local congregations. Seven men, three women and one 4-yearold child were staying at the shelter at VLMC when I spoke to Amy. “This program is important because there are homeless in La Mesa. There is not a shelter here, and this provides 12 shelter beds. The folks in our program don’t have to walk the streets. They get to eat good church food, and we’re showing a little kindness to ease their journey through this difficult patch,” she explained. I’m really proud of these La Mesa congreSee Pam Crooks, Page 9

Mixing Friendship and Faith at SDSU By Cynthia Robertson La Mesa resident Andy Worcester has taken college education to a higher level. The twenty-something young man, just married as of last fall, launched International Friendship Night a little over a year ago. His mission is simple: to see all nations come to know Christ. This man-on-a-mission brings Christianity in a very personal way to young people from all over the world. Worcester recruited some of his American friends at San Diego State University to help him spread the news about the new group. Right away, the IFN students clicked, and a night of fun and fellowship now takes place each Thursday evening at the youth room of Del Cerro Baptist Church, where Worcester is the youth pastor. “We got some momentum. There have been three times that we had 40 or more people here,” Worcester said. But preaching is not always the first order of business for IFN. The group is also just plain fun. “We have an X-box, pool table, foosball, and ping-pong tables,” he said. Teaching the good news – the meaning of the word, “gospel” – is a natural outgrowth of the students enjoying each others’ company. Worcester’s clarity of mission in teaching the good news can be best understood through his own life. “I grew up in a family that had the mindset of placing a high value in starting new things,” Worcester said. In fact, his parents planted churches all over California as well as Texas and Moscow, Russia. They are still working to get more churches started in Toronto, Canada. From his strong Christian upbringing and his parents’ example, Worcester has noticed that overall, Christians have not been obedient enough in their call to go to the nations to share the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness. See IFN, Page 8


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If you crave nostalgic candies and the lore behind them, check out Royal Candy Castle in La Mesa Village. Owner Joe Struzzieri said he’s making QR codes and posting them around for customers with smart phones to scan. The codes will yield fun facts and stories about the candies with which we grew up. For instance, Flicks Candy, a chocolate-flavored confection that has been around for more than 100 years, was originally developed by the Ghirardelli family in the late 1890s. Customers need to download any free QR code scanner on their smart phones.

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Speaking of treats, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 5th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” at La Mesa Community Center June 10.

The event features more than 30 restaurants and food providers from La Mesa and neighboring communities. Pricing does not include beverages. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased for $5 per glass. Bottled water and soda are available for $1 each. Advance VIP tickets, which are $50 each, include preferred parking and early admission. General admission is $35. Order your tickets at www.lamesachamber.com. Tickets purchased at the door cost $10 more than the advance tickets so it pays to plan ahead. For more information, call (619) 465-7700.

Breakfast with the Chief

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is also offering an opportunity for the community to share breakfast with La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves. Breakfast with the Chief is Tuesday, April 30, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at La Mesa Masonic Lodge, located at 4731 Date Ave. Chamber members without passes pay $15 and potential members and guests are $20 each.

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Out-of-this-World Jazz in the Cosmos By Jen Van Tieghem Anyone who’s wandered around La Mesa Village on Friday afternoons has seen – or heard – the Sam Johnson Jazz Group bringing swanky sounds to the cozy atmosphere of Cosmos Coffee Café. Musicians with years of experience play lively sets from 3 to 5 p.m., allowing patrons a chance to feast for free on music in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Band leader Sam Johnson has been playing this gig regularly for more than five years bringing much-needed music diversity to the area. “I love jazz, and I love hearing jazz in my venue,” said owner Ari Bejar. “It has worked out really well for all of us, and quite often they pack the house.” Johnson’s frequent collaborators are life-long musicians Alan Worthington and George Kezas who round out the group on guitar and saxophone respectively. Johnson, who has a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance, plays both electric and upright bass for the sessions. The group most often plays jazz standards for coffeehouse visitors and music enthusiasts at these shows, but they also take requests and perform Johnson-penned originals to keep things fresh and full of variety. Another element that keeps the Friday sets energized is the range of special guests. Singers, horn players and others have sat in over the years. The shifting dynamics are not only enjoyable to watch and hear, but also a testament to the versatility of the musicians and the welcoming spirit they bring to the stage. The classic genre, relaxed environment and prime location naturally attracts neighbors and visitors of La Mesa alike. “It’s great to see the amazing cross section of people that attend,” Bejar added. “These guys are great!” When they aren’t at Cosmos, Johnson and

Worthington use their musical talents as private music instructors at a studio in Rancho Penasquitos. Additionally, each musician performs in other bands ranging in style from rock to funk to blues. Kezas has played with some of the best musicians in town, according to Johnson, and just returned to San Diego after spending years living in Bermuda. Perhaps our music scene was calling him home. As an independent neighborhood cafe, Cosmos is a harmonious fit for the jazz crowd. The genre appeals to older generations, but has enjoyed a recent resurgence with younger fans. Weekly jazz nights at venues like Seven Grand and Bistro Sixty show this music has staying power and can draw a diverse audience. The mass appeal of the music is reflected in the crowds that come to Cosmos – fans of all ages listen alone, in small groups, or bring the whole family. The space allows for relaxed seating and the chance to leisurely sip a coffee drink or snack on a salad, sandwich or tasty baked good from the cafe. In addition to these live music offerings, Cosmos also features music on Saturday nights. Local musicians do free live sets from 7 to 9 p.m., offering guests another chance to explore the flourishing music scene. Jazz on Friday at Cosmos works well for everyone. Fans who arrive early can also bide their time at the Farmer’s Market, perusing farm-fresh foods, flowers and ready-to-eat munchies near the Civic Center until 6 p.m. An afternoon of shopping for fresh fruits and veggies, hearing some stellar jazz musicians and satisfying a caffeine craving sounds pretty good to this local.

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IFN, from page 4 “Because of this, one way God is compensating for our lack of going is by him sending the nations to us. Every year thousands of international students from all over the world pour our country. We have a great opportunity to impact the world in our own backyard,” he said. Worcester has had students from all over the world drop into IFN. The nations include Japan, China, Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Vietnam. A student from Japan, Raiza Yukawa enjoys chatting with friends, both old and new, as well as the fun activities, including soccer. When asked what he has learned about the Christian faith, Yukawa said, “That He was born on Dec. 25. That’s Christmas. And God has helped many of my friends.” Yukawa’s new friend, Raymond Docterlero, from the Philippines, said he also loved sharing about God with his friends. “God loves everyone, even those who don’t know him,” Docterlero said. Worcester admitted that probably the biggest surprise he has encountered since starting IFN has been the number of students from

different religions or no religions at all. “Many non-Christians have come and invited other non-Christians to come with them. To me, this shows that we have built a lot of trust with people, which is exciting,” he said. Quite a few students have accepted Christ as their Savior, according to the Christian faith. Quite a few students from China converted to Christianity as well as a girl from Japan. There was also a student from the French Indies and a girl from Oman who came to Christ. “Altogether, about six students have come to know Jesus since last spring,” he said. Still, the biggest draw to International Friendship Night is the chance to make American friends with other college students. “It is often very difficult for international to make friends with Americans. IFN is a great place to do that. A lot of students are also looking for something fun to do on Thursday night,” he said. Pyung Kook Son, who is from Korea, summed it up best. “It’s like a party,” he said.

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Lundy, Grossmont High, and Dee Moody and Vivianne Deutsch, Monte Vista High. Under the direction of teacher Mrs. Lundy, the Consumer and Family Science Teacher at Grossmont High School, students attended their classes and one period each day worked in the nursery, which provided childcare for the infants and toddlers. The May 30, 1995 editorial of the Daily Californian gave “Three cheers” for the program, which then served 16 students, aged 14-18, and that “ensures that education can still be achieved, no matter what may have happened in the teens’ young lives.” An important part of the program is that it included the teen fathers and mothers of the children in the day care and child development classes, instilling a sense of their responsibility, as well as the challenges and the rewards of parenting. In 1996, when the district program was consolidated to Grossmont, Marguerite Rohmer joined the program as the site supervisor. The GHS child development class, as part of the consumer and family science department, articulated with Grossmont College, enabling students to receive three units of college credit for their child development course work as well as one additional course unit of credit at Grossmont. In 2000, when the California Department consolidated all of its programs The program’s infancy began in September for pregnant and parenting teens into Cal1994 with the opening of two centers at Gross- SAFE, Lundy, who later retired in 2007, wrote mont and Monte Vista. A $12,000 Carl Perkins the GHS grant and reflects that building the Gender Equity Grant was obtained by Jeri See Foothillers, Page 13 Driving north on Murray Drive up the hill past Grossmont High School, drivers may wonder about the new building beside the canyon. It is the Grossmont Union High School District’s new Child Development Center, which was dedicated May 18, 2012. The 6,193 square-foot center, which was funded by Proposition U, offers a classroom setting for the infant and toddler programs as part of the GUHSD Cal-Safe Program, a program for pregnant and parenting teens. Cal-SAFE, California School Age Families Education Program, funded under the Department of Education, provides academic and support services to help students with children complete and developmental services are available for those who choose to transfer to Grossmont, support services are offered at the other district sites.


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Pam Crooks, from page 4 gations and their volunteers. Aren’t you?

NOTE: Pam Crooks is on the board of the ISN. According to executive director Rosemary Johnston, this program has a 50 percent success rate transitioning guests back into housing. Since 2009, the ISN has gratefully received modest funding from the City of La Mesa (from a federal Community Block Development Grant), which helps pay for case management and transportation costs for the East County branch.

Just Biz, from page 6 However, this support is likely to be discontinued this year due to shrinking federal funding. * Source: Summary Report of the SD Regional Task Force on the Homeless, 2012 Point-inTime Homeless Count. Numbers from the 2013 Count are not yet available. Also, according to a recent report of the SD County Office of Education, an estimated 337 children in grades K-8 in the La Mesa-Spring Valley District schools are by definition homeless.

Admission, which includes one free drink ticket for house wine and draft beer, is free for Chamber members and $15 for guests and potential members. At-door attendees pay $20 each. RSVP to La Mesa Chamber events by emailing rsvp@lamesachamber.com or calling (619) 465-7700, ext. 2. Have business news to share? Email Editor@LaMesaCourier.com.

Madrid, from page 1 By the time I met him in his office at 9:30 a.m. – no 4 a.m. meetings for me – Madrid just finished his morning coffee in a mug bearing the U.S. Marine Corps seal. “Are you a vet,” I asked him. “Of course,” he said. When I asked Lidia Simms, secretary to the city manager, whether the mayor had big plans for the day, she admitted she only has part of Madrid’s schedule because he keeps another schedule on his own. The day I met with Madrid, he allowed me to tag along on one of his regular tours of the city. He said he tries at least every other week to drive through La Mesa to see how things are going. I admit I was skeptical. It sounded too good to be true – until I got into the mayor’s older silver Mercedes for the extended tour of La Mesa. At around 10:15 a.m., we drove to the proposed site of La Mesa’s first synagogue, Chabad of East County, which will occupy a corner of Mart Square at 8691 La Mesa Blvd. Madrid said he wanted to meet the rabbi. I asked him if he had an appointment and he shook his head. “It’s better to drop in unannounced,” he said. And while it is probably a good idea for a mayor to pay a surprise visit to a business or non-profit awaiting the proper See Madrid, Page 15

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La Mesa Reads By Jessie Goodwin, Librarian

Greetings from the staff of San Diego County Library’s La Mesa branch. Last month, La Mesa residents checked out some new bestselling titles in both fiction and non-fiction. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman was one of La Mesa’s most popular fiction titles. This moving novel is the story of a childless couple living quietly on a remote Australian island just after World War I. When a baby washes up onshore, they choose to raise the child as their own. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods was another sought-after fiction book. The latest in the Stone Barrington series finds him overseeing a star studded gala that has attracted the attention of a dangerous international terrorist group. In non-fiction, one of the most popular titles was Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. This compelling narrative explores the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. My Crazy Beautiful Life by Ke$ha was another hot non-fiction title. This photo journal of the pop star’s life on tour details her creative process and gives readers a glimpse behind the scenes. Stop into the branch or give us a call to request any of these items. Please join us Friday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association. “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” will offer information on the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease, and about the benefits of early detection. San Diego Ghosthunters will be at the La Mesa library on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. Meet expert paranormal investigators and learn about famous haunts, ghosts, and historical murders. Listen to voice recordings and see pictures from our most haunted local hotspots. Customers at other county branch libraries have raved about this event, so don’t miss it! Do you know someone who is learning English as a second language and would like a chance to practice? On the first and third Thursdays of every month all adults learning English are invited to attend our English Conversation Café from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Make new friends and practice conversational English in a fun, relaxed environment. 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.

Pets, from page 7 and want the best for them, what are we to do? Here are a few suggestions from veterinarians: Always discuss supplements you are thinking of adding to your pet’s daily routine with your veterinarian first. Contact the company that formulated the product and ask what trials have been done to prove safety and efficacy, what expertise they have, and how long they have been in business. Look for certification from an organization that independently verified the contents. Look for a lot number which indicates quality control. Look for a brand that specializes in one area or has commissioned clinical trials. Read labels and know the ingredients you are seeking. And remember, if the claims sound too good to be true, they probably aren’t. Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information, contact her at (760) 644-0289 or www. missionvalleypetsitting.com.


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Bugs, from page 11 consume populations of other pests, including fleas, ticks, termites, cockroaches, chinch bugs, mosquito eggs and larva, and scorpions. Bad: Native and imported fire ants will sting anything that stands in their way leaving a small blister, and may cause an allergic reaction in humans. Signs of an allergic reaction include swelling around the bite, rash, or tightening of the throat until it is hard to breathe. Educate: Before children run loose in the backyard or at the park, inspect thoroughly for fire ants. If you come across an irregular shaped mound, point the mound out to children and instruct them to avoid stepping on it, kicking it or touching it.

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Good: Bees are essential for the pollination of flowers and food crops. If you have backyard fruit trees or garden, discuss how bees help create our food. Wasps are beneficial because they prey on other insects and are crucial in controlling the overall pest population. Bad: In most cases, a bee or wasp sting will cause only minor symptoms at the site of the sting. If a child displays severe symptoms, such as swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, dizziness or stomach cramps, he or she may be having a severe allergic reaction or experiencing anaphylactic shock and medical treatment should be sought immediately. Educate: Bees and wasps only sting if they feel their queen, nest or nest-mates are threatened. Teach children to leave beehives and wasps nests alone. There is much truth in the statement “If you do not bother them, they will not bother you.”

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Good: There are several types of spiders, but one thing they all share in common is that they are the ultimate predator because they feed on virtually any type of insect. Bad: The black widow and the brown recluse spider are the most dangerous. Children are at a higher risk of serious complications when bitten. Educate: Younger chil-

dren should be taught to leave spiders alone, but tell an adult if they see one in the house or yard. Older children should be taught how to identify black widows and brown recluses. Black widows are about half an inch long and have a red hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. Brown recluse spiders are about the same size and have a dark violin shape on their back. General tips for pest proofing your home: Seal cracks and small openings around doors, windows, garage doors and utility entry points. Get rid of standing water around the home. Cut back tree branches and bushes, keeping them away from the side of the house and roof. Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Fix dripping taps and leaking pipes to remove the water and humidity that some pests need to survive. Empty garbage cans and recycle bins regularly. Store food in sealed containers on countertops, cupboards or in the refrigerator. HomeTeam Pest Defense, a recognized leader in the pest management industry, is the nation’s third largest residential pest control company with offices in Escondido. The company offers pest and termite control services. Learn more about HomeTeam at www. pestdefense.com.


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Foothillers, from page 8 program “was a labor of love for Mrs. R and me.” For the past 17 years, Rohmer has been an integral part of the Center’s success. While the enrollment has increased, Rohmer believes that the reason for this is that “knowledge of the center has been getting around to different schools in the GUHS District, so there have been more transfers, and fewer dropouts.” Obviously, this program is making a difference for these students and their children. Today, Lou Ann Kirby, who has worked in the field of child development for more than 20 years, is center director. Currently, there are 40 students and 26 children (one student has triplets) in the Child Development Center, a wonderful program that allows high school age teen parents an opportunity to graduate, equipped to successfully continue their education after high school with the parenting skills to nurture their children. The program also provides an opportunity for students without children to work in the center as interns to see if they would like to work in the Child Development field after graduation. For more information about the program, please contact Lou Ann Kirby at lkirby@guhsd.net and visit the museum.

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Store building directly behind the newly expanded Allison Station depot. Just south of it they also built a large two-story packinghouse for storage and processing of not only their produce, but for all their local “Mesa” ranching neighbors (the 1895 Directory listing 85 residents amongst the Townsite and Allison Springs). The Lemon Company Store building was the first retail store for the area and also housed the first post office – prophetically named La Mesa – and not Allison. Sam and Rocena Agnew being the original operators of the store and post office. Crowder was not finished with his speculative plans. In 1894 he also partnered with Joseph Allison to plat a small subdivision around the depot and Lemon Company Store. Recognizing the mixed naming issue, the tract was named “La Mesa Springs” (its north-south boundaries being Allison Street and Lemon Avenue, stretching from today’s Acacia to 4th Streets). In 1895 Crowder and Allison formally requested that the Allison Station be renamed “La Mesa Springs” (luckily rejecting the proposed Crowderville). Although Crowder and Howard would be gone by 1900, the Lemon Company store and packinghouse served as the community’s commercial center for well over a decade prior to the suburban development boom starting in 1907 that lead to City incorporation in 1912. In 1912 La Mesa Scout owners William and Wiley Magruder more than doubled the size of the building to its current footprint. Here they housed the weekly paper’s offices and print shop along with meeting space upstairs for civic and business groups. The building got an additional facelift in the early 1920s to accommodate the first Ford auto dealership (thus the current large storefront window façade). With its prominent location in the center of town, next to the train depot, the building has been continuously occupied since its 1894 construction. Not bad for something that started out for a lemon – but has turned out to be a “peach” of a commercial landmark for almost 120 years.

SERVICE CALENDAR La Mesa Woman’s Club Clubhouse Location: La Mesa Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 5220 Wilson St. Phone: (619) 466-4362 Meeting dates and times: Second Wednesday each month at 7 p.m., third Monday each month at 1 p.m.

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club Location: Terra American Bistro, 7091 El Cajon Blvd. Phone: (619) 644-7146 Meeting dates and times: Friday 7:15 a.m.

La Mesa Rotary Club Location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Phone: (619) 465-2477 Meeting dates and times: Wednesday noon

Lake Murray Kiwanis Club Location: Breakfast Meeting, Marie Callender’s

Restaurant and Bakery Meeting dates and times: First and third Saturday of the month, 7:30 a.m.

La Mesa Lions Club Location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. Phone: Manny Demetre, treasurer (619) 462-2742 Meeting dates and times: Tuesday noon to 1:30 p.m.

Optimist Club of La Mesa Location: Marie Callender’s Restaurant, Alvarado Road Meeting dates and times: Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. For more information, contact Brice Lockwood at (619) 463-5648.

Soroptimist International of La Mesa Location: Denny’s, 2691 Navajo Road Meeting dates and times: First and second Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.


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Madrid, from page 9 permits, it wasn’t successful in this case as the rabbi was out. Nevertheless, the mayor peered in the glass doors at the space, trying to surmise the room’s layout. “He’s only been here for two weeks,” said Madrid, who added the synagogue must still get approval from the City Council to be in its location because a religious organization in a commercial property is a nonconforming use. “I’m sure the landlord was anxious to rent the place.” Madrid said he likes to give people the benefit of the doubt when I asked whether they needed approval before actually moving in. “Sometimes people get busy,” he said. Several minutes later, as we drove to the future site of the La Mesa Meadows development, Madrid showed me the 52 palm trees lining the boulevard. He said he would like local businesses to adopt the trees so that they could afford to decorate the palms with LED lights. “At night, turn them on… It would just be beautiful,” he said. Driving down Johnson Drive, Madrid talks about many of the homes we pass. He knows several owners and nods his approval of the wellkept landscapes. “It’s pride of ownership,” he said. “Wow, where are we,” I asked, admiring homes I would never have placed in our little town. “We’re in La Mesa,” he said with a smile. “This is a great community.” The La Mesa Meadows site is still being cleared. As the mayor pulled out design plans for the development, a couple of trucks drove around with collected branches and trees. Madrid shows me the markup of the development. “These homes are going to be great – look at this,” he said, pointing to a particularly colorful representation of the large single-family structures by KB Homes. Madrid said surrounding homeowners were worried about the coming construction. I asked him whether he changed their minds. “It’s not about changing their minds,” he said. “It’s listening to their concerns. You’ve got to talk to people.” We eventually got back into his car to drive across town to see a property that had to be razed by its owner after complaints of rats and other vermin. “This place hadn’t been occupied for years,” Madrid said. During the drive, we also dropped by the Bunny Bear preschool site and drove through the city-owned Campina Apartments. “We won an award for this,” said Madrid. At 11:40 a.m., the mayor volunteered to take me to lunch at The Lunch Box, one of his favorite local restaurants. As we walked in, he joked easily with owner Megan Custeau and found a table amid the lunchtime hustle and bustle. “How is your neck?” he asked her. Custeau said it was getting better. “She really busts her tail around here,” he told me. Although his favorite Lunch Box special is the hot pastrami sandwich, he settled for a spinach salad in an effort to be healthy. “I tell them the spinach will make me big and strong like Popeye,” he said. After lunch, Madrid and I discussed various concerns he has for the city. One such worry is the number of individuals standing on medians with cardboard signs asking for money. “It’s a safety issue,” he said. By the time our day was through, I was surprised at how much Madrid really knew about La Mesa. As he parked his car along Allison Avenue, the mayor gently sent me on my way. “OK, young lady, I’m glad you were able to see what I see when I drive around town,” he said, turning back to City Hall. While I’m not sure I saw exactly what he did during our drive around town, I’m convinced a person couldn’t get a better tour guide than our city’s mayor.

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