La Mesa, California
La MesaÂ is a city inÂ San Diego County,Â California. The population was 54,749 at the 2000 census. It was founded in 1869 and officially incorporated as a city on February 16, 1912. Its official flower is theÂ bougainvillea.
La Mesa is located atÂ Â (32.771450, -117.022797).Â It is bordered by the city ofÂ San DiegoÂ on the west and north,Â Spring ValleyÂ andÂ Lemon GroveÂ on the south, andÂ El CajonÂ on the east. It includes the neighborhood of Grossmont.According to theÂ United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.1Â kmÂ² (9.3Â miÂ²). 24.0Â kmÂ² (9.3Â miÂ²) of it is land and 0.1Â kmÂ² (0.04Â miÂ²) of it (0.32%) is water.
As of theÂ censusÂ of 2000, there were 54,749 people, 24,186 households, and 13,374 families residing in the city. TheÂ population densityÂ was 2,282.8/kmÂ² (5,909.9/miÂ²). There were 24,943 housing units at an average density of 1,040.0/kmÂ² (2,692.5/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.64%Â White, 4.86%Â African American, 0.66%Â Native American, 4.09%Â Asian, 0.40%Â Pacific Islander, 5.08% fromÂ other races, and 4.27% from two or more races.Â HispanicÂ orÂ LatinoÂ of any race were 13.52% of the population.There were 24,186 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% wereÂ married couplesÂ living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86.In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.The median income for a household in the city was $41,693, and the median income for a family was $50,398. Males had a median income of $37,215 versus $30,413 for females. Theper capita incomeÂ for the city was $22,372. About 5.2% of families and 9.4% of the population were below theÂ poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
According to estimates by theÂ San Diego Association of Governments, theÂ median household incomeÂ of La Mesa in 2005 was $55,609 (not adjusted forÂ inflation). When adjusted forinflationÂ (1999 dollars; comparable toÂ CensusÂ data above), the median household income was $45,156.
La Mesa in Spanish means “the table”, or alternately “the plateau”, relating to its geography. La Mesa was part of a larger tract,Â Mission San Diego de AlcalÃ¡, and was used by Spanish Missionaries.Â The City of La Mesa was incorporated on February 16, 1912, under the general laws of the State of California. As such, it does not have a City charter but operates under the laws of the State of California in all respects not specifically covered by any City ordinance.The City Council consists of five members who are elected from the City at large. The Mayor is elected directly by the citizens of La Mesa. The current mayor isÂ Art Madrid.
In theÂ state legislatureÂ La Mesa is located in the 36thÂ SenateÂ District, represented byÂ RepublicanÂ Dennis Hollingsworth, and in the 77thÂ AssemblyÂ District, represented by RepublicanJoel Anderson. Federally, La Mesa is located inÂ California’s 52nd congressional district, which has aÂ Cook PVIÂ of R +9Â and is represented by RepublicanÂ Duncan D. Hunter.
The schools in La Mesa are operated by two districts. The La Mesa-Spring Valley district operates the elementary and middle schools in the city, while theÂ GrossmontÂ district operatesHelix High SchoolÂ and the Gateway day schools.
- Rolando Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- La Mesa Dale Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- Maryland Avenue Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- RHR DFAF Private Charter School
- Murdock Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- Murray Manor Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- Northmont Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- Lemon Avenue Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- Vista La Mesa Elementary School (Lemon Grove School District)
- Liberty Charter School
- San Diego Jewish Academy
- Christ Lutheran School
- Parkway Middle School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
- La Mesa Middle School (LMMS) (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
K through 12
- Gateway Community Day (Grossmont Union High School District)
- Gateway West Community Day (Grossmont Union High School District)
At the beginning of each October, La Mesa holds their biggest event of the year, Oktoberfest, attended by approximately 200,000 people over the three nights of the events.
Back to the 50s Car Show
The Back to the 50s Car Show is an annual summer event where classic car enthusiasts come to display their vehicles. The event is held every Thursday evening during the months of June through August in La Mesa Village along La Mesa Boulevard. Admission to the event is free.
Other annual events include Christmas in the Village, an Antique Street Fair, and a Flag Day Parade.
La Mesa is the hometown of NBA playerÂ Bill Walton, football starsÂ Reggie Bush, andÂ Alex Smith, actorÂ Dennis Hopper, singer of rock band Pearl JamÂ Eddie Vedder, andÂ thrash metalmusicianÂ Dave Mustaine.