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La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
4750 Date Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District oversees a total of 21 elementary and middle schools and covers 26 squareMore miles with an annual budget of $101 million. It offers free pre-school programs at two La Mesa campuses -- La Mesa Dale and Northmont Elementary -- for families who meet income and other eligibility criteria.

The La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation holds an annual Casino Night to raise funds "to help bridge the gap between what would be ideal and  what is real in the classroom by providing funding for special projects, known as mini-grants, to enhance the educational experience."

La Mesa Dale Elementary School
4370 Parks Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
A few blocks north of La Mesa Middle School, this campus has a  highly diverse student population. The schoolMore prides itself on volunteers, including those taking part in Wednesday Workshop starting at 8:30am in the Parent Center next to the auditorum.  Adult ESL classes are offered daily to parents. One of several PeaceBuilder schools in the district, La Mesa Dale fosters an anti-bullying ethic and atmosphere of trust and support.
La Mesa Church of Christ
5150 Jackson Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941

This La Mesa institution is a center for worship and religious education, with a sizable library. The churchMore sanctuary seats a couple of hundred congregants on folding chairs; renovations are in progress for the interior.

The associated middle school is open for enrollment as well.

La Mesa Police Department
8085 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

Thanks to Proposition D, a bond issue approved by La Mesans in 2004, the Police Department moved into aMore 45,000-square-foot, $20 million headquarters in September 2010.

Police Chief Al Lanning oversees a force of 68 sworn officers, 30 non-sworn personnel and 50-60 members of the RSVP, or Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and other volunteers. 

The Police Department offers an SRO (school resource officer) for elementary and middle schools in La Mesa and assigns a full-time SRO to Helix Charter High School.

The department's website links to My Neighborhood Update, a Google Maps-based display of reported incidents in La Mesa.

Police also help with animal control, and promote Neighborhood Watch and Kidz Watch, a free safety academy for children 6-11. In addition, the Crime Free Multi-Housing crime-prevention program targets  La Mesa apartment complexes.

College Preparatory Middle School
5150 Jackson Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941

The Mountain Empire School District charters this school, which opened for the first time in September 2010. ItMore includes students from Jamul, Santee, Lemon Grove and San Diego. The school occupies the lower level of the Church of Christ.

The school has uniforms, but they are not mandated and there is a parent-teacher association. The school also partners with the La Mesa library to provide a bookmobile twice a month.

La Mesita Park
8855 Dallas St, La Mesa, CA 91942
Part of the Junior Seau Sports Complex, this park rests between Parkway Middle School and Route 125. But the freeway isMore out of sight, thanks to landscaping and fences. Tennis courts and a skate park are popular, while the large, grassy field is home to many youth soccer practices. The park has parking for 80 cars and room for 800 people.
Best Donuts
4636 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941
Best Sonuts is a family-run business that has been around for more than 20 years. It has worked with local schools suchMore as Valhalla High School and Emerald Middle School to provide donuts for special events. It has all your favorite treats to start or end your day. Plus, coffee.