December 1, 2023

Dear La Mesa, 

As we head into a new year, it's a perfect time to consider setting fresh goals and increasing your community involvement. I encourage you to seize the opportunity to actively shape the future of our wonderful city. We currently have openings on boards and commissions, including the La Mesa Community Police Oversight Board, Community Services Commission, Arts and Culture Commission, Design Review Board, and the Youth Advisory Commission. Your expertise and dedication can make a real difference. Apply now and join us in building a stronger, more vibrant community. 


Your City Manager,

Greg Humora

Collier Park Update

The renovation of Collier Park is nearing completion, with inspections and final tasks in progress. A "soft" opening will be announced by the end of 2023, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration are scheduled for early 2024. 


La Mesa Police Department Hosting Hate Crime Forum

The La Mesa Police Department, in collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, will host a Q&A Hate Crime forum on Dec. 14. Representatives will provide information and address questions related to hate crimes and hate incidents. This event is open to residents and will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department.


Regional Task Force on Homelessness Looking for Homeless Census Volunteers

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) is looking for volunteers to help conduct the annual WeAllCount homeless census. The survey will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 4690 Palm Ave. in La Mesa. The data collected will provide more accurate information about people experiencing homelessness in the city. 


Climate Action Plan Update Survey #2

The City of La Mesa is updating the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and is looking for your input! By taking a brief online survey, your feedback will help develop effective actions to address climate change in the La Mesa community. 


Join the Court Use Subcommittee

The Community Services Commission is looking for resident volunteers from the tennis and pickleball community to help study and make recommendations for use of courts in La Mesa. The deadline to apply is Dec. 6.


La Mesita Park Tennis Court Closures

A resurfacing project is underway at Tennis Courts 1 and 2 at La Mesita Park. The courts will be closed until Dec. 15. Throughout this period, Tennis Court 4 will remain available for tennis only. Tennis classes are canceled.


La Mesa Municipal Pool Closed

The La Mesa Municipal Pool is closed for annual winter maintenance. Work is scheduled for upgrades in the locker rooms and pump room equipment. Estimated opening is late Jan. 2024.


Paper Shredding Event Recap

This month's Paper Shredding Event, held in collaboration with EDCO at the Public Works Yard, drew over 240 residents. The event featured free electronic waste disposal, a Goodwill donation station, and a mulch giveaway. Here is a summary of what was collected:

  • 8,200 lbs. of paper shredded
  • 4,820 lbs. of electronic waste collected
  • 35 residents donated to Goodwill
  • 20 cubic yards of mulch was distributed

City Council Meeting Overview: Nov. 28, 2023

Weight Limits on Portion of Jackson Drive and Lemon Avenue

The City Council approved a resolution that would limit the gross weight of vehicles on a portion of Jackson Drive and Lemon Avenue between La Mesa Boulevard and the State Route 125 southbound entrance ramp. The three-ton weight limit is expected to reduce traffic, protect the roadways' wear and appearance.  


Flock Automated License Plate Readers

Above is an example of what an ALPR image often looks like.


The City Council has voted to award the purchase and installation of 20 automated license plate reader (ALPR) cameras to Flock Safety. The cameras are intended to assist officers and detectives in solving crimes by capturing images of the rear of vehicles, including license plate information. Drivers will not be photographed or identified. The information captured is not tied to any personal information, or law enforcement databases, and will not be shared with any agencies outside of California or restricted federal agencies, in compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 54. 


City Council Regular Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 8130 Allison Ave.

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Upcoming Meetings

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Dec. 5 - 5 p.m.


Mobility Commission Meeting 

Dec. 6 - 9 a.m.


Planning Commission Meeting  

Dec. 6 - 6 p.m.


Youth Advisory Commission Meeting

Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.


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  • La Mesa Community Police Oversight Board - Five openings due to term expirations. Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2024.

  • La Mesa Community Parking Commission - One vacancy

  • Community Services Commission - One vacancy

  • Arts and Culture Commission - One vacancy

  • Design Review Board - One vacancy

  • Youth Advisory Commission - Five vacancies

8th Annual Holiday in the Village

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Holiday in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown La Mesa transforms into a winter wonderland full of shopping, musical performances, dining, selfies with Santa, train rides, a kids play area and so much more! Don't miss this FREE La Mesa tradition with family and friends.

Senior Congregate Lunch Program Celebrates Grand Re-opening

The Serving Seniors congregate lunch program at the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center celebrated their official re-opening on Friday, Nov. 17 after a two-year hiatus. The lunch program provides delicious and nutritional meals for local seniors. The program also serves as a social hub for older adults to connect with others in their community. 


8181 Allison Accepting Interest Submissions


Progress continues at 8181 Allison Ave., an affordable housing community! The 147-apartment community is a transit-oriented development, close to bus stops, a trolley station and many downtown businesses. Renters with a household income ranging between 30% to 70% of the area’s median income of about $97,000 can still add their names to the property’s interest list. For questions, please call USA Properties at 916-773-6060.

Litter Free La Mesa: Boulevard Drive

Shout out to the 63 volunteers who pitched in for our monthly Litter Free La Mesa cleanup on Boulevard Drive in collaboration with I Love A Clean San Diego! 

  • 93 pounds of trash collected
  • 9 pounds of recyclables collected
  • 433 cigarette butts collected
  • 102 total pounds of litter removed from the community

Would you like to volunteer at the next Litter Free La Mesa? Join us and I Love a Clean San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to spruce up Alvarado Avenue.


Long-time City of La Mesa Employee Retires

With a mix of joy, excitement, and a tinge of envy, we're thrilled to announce that after almost 33 incredible years of public service, our very own Don Palmer, aka Mr. La Mesa, is embarking on a new chapter—retirement! For more than three decades, he's been the backbone of our city, diligently overseeing projects, private developments, and, of course, the iconic La Mesa Oktoberfest! Thank you for your many years of service to La Mesa, Don!

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