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La Mesa California

Judge tells store operator he can’t sell puppies

The owner of a number of pet stores in the county, including Pups & Pets in Santee, was or­dered by a judge recently to stop selling puppies. In the latest development of a years-long tug of war between store owner David Salinas and animal rights activists, a judge ordered Salinas…

Authorities identify motorcyclist killed while splitting lanes during rush hour

LA MESA, Calif. — Authorities Wednesday identified a motorcyclist who was fatally injured when he crashed into several slow-moving cars while splitting lanes on a congested stretch of state Route 125 in La Mesa during morning rush hour. Everett Burgess, 31, of Lemon Grove, was riding north at a high…

Eagles taking flight in 2019-20 boys soccer season

The Granite Hills High School boys soccer team has admittedly experienced a rough start to the 2019-20 soccer season but better times could be coming around, and soon. The Eagles, who failed to quali­fy for last season’s San Diego Sec­tion playoffs, appeared to be plod­ding along to kick off this…

Cuts, trims and grins shine at Reflections

Reflections Salon owner Gin­ger Rich kneeled before Christy Gillette and looked her in the eyes. “I’m totally honored to cut your hair,” Rich said. Rich complimented the straw­berry blonde undertone of Gil­lette’s damp hair as she combed out the freshly washed strands and suggested a trim to remove the split…

La Mesa artists showcased at Foothills Gallery

When Sandra Hayen was in her 30s, she took an art adult education class in La Mesa. Her teacher asked her if she had ever con­sidered doing fine art. So Hayen took her ad­vice, began taking workshops, classes, wher­ever she could find one, and began a journey she had been…

Man shoots himself in the leg

LA MESA, Calif. — A man shot himself in the leg at an apartment building in La Mesa Friday afternoon, authorities said. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. along the 4800 block of Parks Avenue south of Interstate 8. Witnesses told FOX 5 they heard men arguing shortly after a…

Oregonian who killed La Mesa man gets prison sentence

An Oregon man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing a La Mesa man with a sword in 2006 in a cold case that was solved with DNA evidence. Deputy District Attorney Brian Erickson said Dec. 23 that Zachary Aaron Bunney, now 39, will have to serve…

Californian ringing in the new year with new editorial team

San Diego Neighborhood Newspapers (SDNN) is excited in bringing the East County community a fresh 2020 with a new editorial team that will continue and grow The East County Californian’s hyper local coverage to all of its neighbor­ing cities and unincorporated regions. SDNN Group Publisher Linda Rosas Townson said that…

East County set to welcome two new veterans service organizations

One hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress chartered two enduring veterans service organizations. The first was The American Legion, composed of military veterans and active-du­ty service members. The second was the American Legion Auxil­iary, whose members were at the time female relatives of military veterans and active-duty service members. East…

Transition, change and good deeds

In February the El Cajon Citizen of the Year Commit­tee selected Joe Mackey as its 2018 El Cajon Citizen of the Year. Mackey, founder, president and CEO of XL Staffing Service, Inc. and Excell Security, Inc., was honored at a luncheon Feb. 5 at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812,…

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