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City of La Mesa
8130 Allison Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

La Mesa was incorporated by 700-plus citizens on February 16, 1912, growing out of La Mesa Springs. Throughout 2011,More the city and its La Mesa Centennial Committee will hold events as part of a yearlong countdown. The civic center on Allison Avenue, including La Mesa administrative offices, opened in 1958.

City offices now serve a population of about 57,000 residents in a nine-square-mile area between San Diego to the west, El Cajon to the east and Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro and Spring Valley to the south. Money from Proposition D bonds of 2004 provided a new police station, renovated fire station and new La Mesa branch library of the county system.

La Mesa is a general law city with a council-manager form of government. The five-member City Council, elected at large, decides policy, and the city manager carries out policy, with help from a 2010-2011 budget of $122.4 million.

As the gateway to East County, La Mesa is bisected by three major freeways and two trolley lines, and hosts five trolley stations. Most public schools are in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District or the Grossmont Union High School District. The city manages 14 public parks, and shares some roles with the large Harry Griffen Park on the El Cajon border.

La Mesa's crime rate in 2009 was touted as being the lowest since 1967. The city's general plan—a blueprint for growth and development that governs everything from traffic and housing mixes to noise, safety and historic presevation—will be revised in 2011, with citizen feedback welcomed.

Monte Vista High School
3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Opened in 1961, Monte Vista High School is serves the Spring Valley community. Its students reside from all over EastMore County, including La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Rancho San Diego, El Cajon and Spring Valley.

Monte Vista is a part of the Grossmont Union High School District. It is the home of the Monarchs. The school colors are crimson and gold. The principal is Randy Montesanto.

Spring Valley Middle School
3900 Conrad Dr, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Since 1955, Spring Valley Middle School has been the primary "middle" school in the Casa de Oro and Spring ValleyMore areas, serving almost 1,000 students.

In addition to creating an environment of learning, principal Dana Wright stresses the importance of encouraging students to get connected in some way, in these formative years, whether it is through sports, a club, a position of student leadership or through music and the arts.

SVMS is a national demonstration school for AVID, an organization that promotes students pursuing higher education. It is one of the only middle schools in San Diego with a marching band. Its student leadership programs help facilitate many events and outreach programs in the community.

Located next to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Operations Center, the school benefits from a diverse population.

Glenn E. Murdock Elementary School
4354 Conrad Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941

This school prides itself on its parent volunteers as much as its academics. Parents put in 10,000 volunteerMore hours during the 2009-10 academic year, which is about average for Glenn E. Murdock. The school received a recent API score of 918, which was among the highest in the area.

Halloween Happenings (with carnival rides, game booths and a cake walk) and Spring Fling for parents involve the community. The school also holds a science and math night. 

The PTA puts out a monthly newsletter called Mustang News and presents Honorary Service and other awards. The school is named for Glenn E. Murdock, who served for twenty-four years as superintendent of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Students are encouraged to wear the school colors (red, white and blue) on Fridays.

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