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Mt. Helix Nature Park & Amphitheatre
4905 Mount Helix Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941

Mt. Helix Nature Park is a privately-funded park operated by the Mount Helix Park Foundation. It is open 365 days perMore year, from sunrise to sunset.

As one of the most recognizeable landmarks in all of San Diego County, the cross atop Mt. Helix stands high above the unincorporated communities of Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and Spring Valley.

The park was first opened in the 1920s, with the land being donated by the White, Yawkey, and Fletcher families. The amphitheatre was built in 1925, and has hosted Easter morning sunrise services for almost every year since.

Offering 360-degree views of all of San Diego County, Mt. Helix is the ideal place to have a picnic, read a book, spend time with a loved one, or simply relax with your thoughts.

The park Foundation was founded in 1999. The executive director is Tracey Stotz.

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.

Otay Water District
2554 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley, CA 91978

The Otay Water District was established in 1956, and has been at its current location near the intersection ofMore Jamacha Boulevard and Sweetwater Springs Boulevard since 1962. It was formed by a merger of two earlier water districts, Otay Municipal Water District and La Presa County Water District.

This is a unique water agency because you won’t see any lakes, streams or open reservoirs holding its water. This agency imports all of its water and transports that water through large underground pipes and stores it in above ground water storage tanks. The water district serves 206,000 people in its service area that includes the communities of Spring Valley, La Presa, Rancho San Diego, Jamul, eastern Chula Vista and Otay Mesa along the international border.

The wastewater collection system provides sewer service in Rancho San Diego and to communities on the southeast slope of Mount Helix.  Additionally, the agency recycles that wastewater and delivers it through a separate system of pipelines to eastern Chula Vista where it is used to irrigate golf courses, playing fields and public parks.

Five directors serve on the board that governs the district and are elected by division and serve four-year terms. Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm at the headquarters.

Otay Water strives to provide the best quality of water and wastewater service to the customers of the Otay Water District, in a professional, effective and efficient manner.

The agency has 159 employees and sends out customer newsletters four times a year. Annual consumer confidence reports and other reports can be viewed on line at the agency's website.

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