La Mesa Chamber announces date for ‘Salute to Local Heroes’

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

La Mesa Chamber HeroesThe La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has announced its eighth annual “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 24, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, Golden Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area.

The event, open to the public, will include installation of board members, dinner, silent auction and recognition of seven local heroes from law enforcement, fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. More than 200 people are expected to attend. The event theme is “The Magnificent Mardi Gras.” Cost to attend is $60 per person or two tickets for $100 and a table of eight for $360. Complimentary parking is included. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700. Deadline for RSVP is Feb. 12.

This year’s honorees include: Jon Alva and Robert Ivery, paramedics, American Medical Response; Capt. Dave Hardenburger, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Detective Bucky Wright and Master Officer Lillie Chase, La Mesa Police Department; Nonie Beach and Ray Rendina, La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.