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Council Candidate Forum, a 9/11 Memorial, and a Bizarre Spring Valley Shooting

These stories and more as we take a look at the Week in Review on La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch.

At La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch, we know that in your busy lives there may be some stories that you can't read about the day they happen. With the "Week That Was" column, we'll provide a roundup of the most important stories of the week.

It was a very newsy week at La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch, but we'll kick things off with one of the most popular local events of the year. Despite record temperatures in San Diego last weekend, attendees at the annual "heART of Mt. Helix" event were able to stay cool with fresh food, live music, and of course, ice cold signature cocktails. Were you at the event? If so, see if you can spot yourself in this gallery.

HeARTy Fun in the Setting Sun: 5th Annual Fundraiser Dodges Heat Bullet

The biggest news in the San Diego media last week was, of course, the annoucement that U-T San Diego had purchased the North Couty Times, putting the county's two biggest daily newspapers under the same ownership group. What does that mean for the news coverage in North County, and the rest of the region? It remains to be seen.

Manchester Calls U-T Purchase of North County Times a ‘Logical Acquisition’

As the election season gets into full swing, the City of La Mesa held its first of a series of candidate forums for the five people running for two vacant seats of the La Mesa City Council. Lots of topics were discussed, including homelessness, parking meter funds, and pension liability. And of course, it wouldn't be La Mesa without a discussion of the PBID. Find out what each of the candidates think here.

PBID, Pension Liability Among Issues at First Council Candidate Forum

A bizarre story developed out of Spring Valley last week, when a man brandished a firearm after attempting to flee on foot away from a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop. The armed man didn't fire a shot, but was shot by the deputy. The man then dove through the front glass window of a house on Sacramento Avenue, prompting the closure of the street and a law enforcement and media circus.

Update: Driver Dives Through Glass Window of House After Being Shot

The 11th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States was also last week, and Cuyamaca College honored the 9/11 victims with a flag memorial, planting 2,977 mini flags into the Rancho San Diego campus's lawn. First responders, school representatives, students and Sen. Joel Anderson and his staff were on hand for the touching tribute.

PHOTOS: Cuyamaca College Honors 9/11 Victims with Flag Memorial

Can you smell the smoked pork and beef already? It's a little less than a month before the Spring Valley BBQ Festival returns to Troy Street. The organizers are still seeking sponsors, vendors, youth sports organizations that will be the benefactors, and of course, the best amateur barbecue contestants in the county. If you're interested, read the story and find out how you can get involved.

(Baby) Back Again: Spring Valley BBQ Festival Returns Oct. 14

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