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  • City of La Mesa
  • City Entertainment
  • City Wine & Dine Spots
  • Career Education
City Specs

La Mesa is a city in Southern California, located 9 miles (14 km) east of Downtown San Diego in San Diego County. The population was 57,065 at the 2010 census, up from 54,749 at the 2000 census. Its civic motto is "the Jewel of the Hills".

La Mesa in Spanish means "the table", or alternately "the plateau", relating to its geography. La Mesa was part of a larger tract, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, and was used by Spanish Missionaries. La Mesa was founded in 1869 and 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.
Things To Do
  • Get Centered
  • Coin Haus
  • Gamez in Motion
  • Railway Museum
  • Nainsook Framing
The desire to create with clay is calling to many people in our busy society. It offers a contemplative experience. Working with clay on a potter's wheel, one must learn to center the clay before beginning the creative process. This is the origin of the business' name "Get Centered Clay Studio" It is called a clay studio, because many things besides pottery can be made with clay, including but not limited to: sculpture, tiles, and wall art. At this studio, we strive to create an inclusive, friendly place for people to explore the art and science that makes working with clay so fascinating and enduring.
The weekend may have ended, but the fun and games are just beginning! Visit us at Coin Haus Monday through Thursday for specials such as Tuesday "Yappy Hour" featuring free treats for pups and free arcade games for their owners.

Swing by for our 30¢ Thursdays and play games for just 30¢ per play all night long!
Gamez In Motion is a family owned and operated company. San Diego’s best mobile gaming Theater keeps everyone entertained and coming back for more.Our onsite gaming experts make sure everyone has a fun gaming experience. They know the games and the systems.

Gamez In Motion brings the party to you! We want you to sit back and enjoy, let us take care of the rest. Our Mobile Video Game Party will arrive at your house or event ready for play.
The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence. The building you see today on the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard in downtown La Mesa has an colorful history.
We use conservation framing techniques that will protect your art for a lifetime and beyond. Our designers will take as much time as necessary to consult with you until you feel that you have come to the best artistic choices for your special art.
Wine & Dine Spots
  • Cucina Basilico
  • Red Lobster
  • Himalayan Cuisine
  • Farmer's Table
At Cucina Basilico everything is homemade. Pasta is made from scratch and the bread is made daily. The food is cooked at the moment, same for appetizers and salads.

Bolognese and Marinara are made following an old family recipe to give you the pleasure of a real Italian taste.
Before there was Red Lobster, there was Bill Darden, a man passionate about making delicious, high-quality seafood available and affordable to everyone, including people who lived far from the coast. What was once a single, family-owned restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, now has over 700 locations.
We are located on the corner of El Cajon Blvd and Baltimore Drive. We can add a little spice to your life. We have a variety of wonderful INDIAN, NEPALESE & TIBETAN dishes which are healthy and kind to those who are watching their weight. Check out the MENU for more information. If you are a vegetarian, this is the place for you. Stop by and enjoy a taste of India, Nepal or Tibet!
Every good neighborhood deserves an eatery where locals and visitors can come together and enjoy “honest food done right.” Welcome to Farmer’s Table, your food-to-fork destination, where we bring locally sourced organic ingredients together to be savored in an inviting atmosphere.
Colleges / Universities
  • Murdock Elementary
  • Vista La Mesa Academy
  • Christ Lutheran School
Murdock Elementary School is an outstanding school quietly nestled in the hills of La Mesa. This California School of Excellence is the recipient of many awards including Distinguished School, National Blue Ribbon, and the Golden Bell.
Welcome to our school! We believe that parent participation is key to student success; our new website is designed to provide parents with all the information they need to be active participants in their student’s education. You will find that the site works just as well on mobile devices as it does on a desktop so you can find information on the go.
Christ Lutheran School is a Preschool - 8th Grade Christian school rooted in a strong academic culture. Christ Lutheran School boasts state-of-the-art facilities and technology while remaining committed to a traditional school environment and curriculum. Christ Lutheran School has a positive, well-respected 60-year legacy and a bright, exciting future!