Winter Newsletter

Take Out to Help Out! Social Media Promotion

TakeOutThe City has been offering a “Dine In To Chip In!” social media promotion since November to help promote La Mesa’s restaurants and eateries during the holiday months.  Each week the City has featured one restaurant or eatery on its social media platforms highlighting their dining availability, unique dishes, and hours of operation during the holiday months and coronavirus pandemic.  Due to the stay at home restrictions implemented by the State last month, you may have noticed the City re-launched the program as the “Take Out to Help Out!” promotion - advertising restaurant take-out and delivery options.

Restaurants and eateries featured or are scheduled to be featured include Yogurt Mill of La Mesa, Bo Beau’s, West Coast Smoke & Tap House, Sheldon’s, Johnny B’s, and Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano, Oyster and Pearl Bar Restaurant, Brew Coffee Spot, Lunch Box Café & Grill, and Hooley’s Public House.  To see the promotions that have been posted to date, please visit the City’s Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/cityoflamesaca/.  If you are an owner or manager of a restaurant or eatery and would like to take advantage of the Take Out to Help Out! promotion, please visit https://www.cityoflamesa.us/1329/Dine-Shop-Explore.   

Register Now for 2021 Recreation Programs

RecreationThe City of La Mesa Community Services Department continues to offer recreation programs in accordance with County and State COVID-19 guidelines. In addition to outdoor recreation classes such as tennis, hip hop and martial arts, Day Camp is being offered to facilitate online learning and fun activities in a safe, supervised setting.  Weekly camp sessions are scheduled for January 4 through March 19, 2021, for children ages 5 (in kindergarten) through 13 but will be modified if schools return to in-person learning. Registration is now open at www.cityoflamesa.us/549/Classes-Camps. For more information contact recreation@cityoflamesa.us or 691.667.1300.

Pickleball Courts to be Added to La Mesita Park

PickleballIn addition to the four Pickleball courts at Collier Park, the City of La Mesa is adding lines for Pickleball on to the four youth tennis courts at La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas Street, to meet the growing popularity of the sport. With the upcoming renovation of Collier Park scheduled for mid-2021, sites for additional courts continue to be reviewed for use until the park reopens with a new tennis and Pickleball facility. For information about Pickleball in La Mesa visit www.cityoflamesa.us/409/Special-Events or call 619.667.1491.  

Chief of Police Recruitment

PoliceChiefPublic Safety is one of the most important priorities for the City and our community.   Efforts to address crime and protect the public are the primary responsibility of our Police Department and falls under the direction of the Chief of Police.  In late October of last year, the City hired executive recruiting firm Teri Black & Company (TBC) to conduct a nationwide search. TBC was selected following the issuance of a Request for Qualifications and evaluation process by the City.  TBC has successfully recruited 10 police chiefs for California cities over the past 24 months.

The City understands that the Chief needs to build trust with the community and we are very interested in working with the public to help select our new Chief of Police.    The City hosted an online community forum in November and posted an online survey that recently closed on December 31, 2020.  We hope you had an opportunity to participate.  Additional feedback included input from the City Council, the Citizen Public Safety Oversight Task Force, City staff, and the Police Department.   The City provided this feedback to the executive recruitment firm to aid in the search.  The City expects to make a selection early this year and looks forward to introducing the new Chief of Police to the community. For additional information on the recruitment process please click the following link: https://www.cityoflamesa.us/1647/Police-Chief-Recruitment.

Rental Assistance Program

RentalAssistanceThe City recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the lives our residents.  We know that many have lost their jobs or have had their incomes reduced.  As a result, many people have been unable or are struggling to pay rent on time.  In 2020, the City partnered with Home Start to provide a Rental Assistance Program.  The program is open to income-eligible La Mesa residents that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes anyone who lost their jobs or had to close a business.   Up to $5,000 of grant assistance is available to cover up to three months of overdue rent.  Payments are made directly to landlords with household verification.  

The program is currently in its final phases and limited funds are available.  Home Start representatives are available to answer questions and help you apply for assistance.  If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance and has not applied, please visit the Home Start website at https://home-start.org/city-of-la-mesa-rental-assistance/.

Home Project Update

HomeProgramThe City of La Mesa launched the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (“HOME”) Program to better connect those experiencing homelessness with existing services.  The HOME team launched Phase 1 in November 2020, under a contract with People Assisting the Homeless, also known as PATH.   The outreach team, which includes a full-time social worker and a full-time clinician, has been working with the City’s homeless residents.  PATH regularly offers services, medical assistance, and works to connect the homeless with short and long-term housing opportunities.  To date, the HOME team has placed six homeless residents into temporary housing, worked with the La Mesa Police Department to answer dozens of calls for service, voicemail reports, and emails requesting help at specific locations with homeless encampments or individuals.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness there are multiple ways to reach the HOME program. You can call our HOME Hotline at 619.667.1475 or send us an email at home@cityoflamesa.us.  Our team checks voicemails and emails during regular business hours and will go out to the location described in your message to provide assistance.  If you require more urgent assistance for a non-life threatening issue involving the homeless, you can also call the La Mesa Police Department’s 24 hour non-emergency dispatch line at 619.667.1400.

Free Tree Steward Training and Certification

UrbanForestryAs La Mesa continues to expand its urban forest, the City has partnered with Tree San Diego to offer a FREE Tree Steward training and certification to La Mesa residents.

What is a Certified Tree Steward?
Tree San Diego's Tree Steward Certification Program is open to La Mesa residents who want to learn how to: 

  • Plant, water, maintain, and monitor tree health
  • Communicate the co-benefits for trees in San Diego County
  • Promote urban forestry expansion

What will I need to become a Tree Steward?

  • Internet connection
  • Interest in urban forestry
  • Three hours on Feb 27, 2021

About the upcoming Tree Steward training: 
Who: Interested La Mesa Residents and Tree San Diego Staff
What: Free Virtual Tree Steward Training
When: February 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 12:00PM
Were: Zoom link will be emailed the day before the training
How: Sign up by filling out the form on this link http://bit.ly/lamesatrees

The City’s tree planting efforts support La Mesa’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which establishes a community-wide goal to cut emissions in half, and grow La Mesa’s tree canopy by 15% by 2035. For updates on the City’s Urban Forestry initiatives, please visit our website at www.cityoflamesa.us/trees

New Sanitization and Contactless Checkout Process for the DIY Energy & Sustainability Toolkit

DIYToolkitThe City of La Mesa recently launched a free DIY Energy Saving and Sustainability Toolkit that provides La Mesa residents with tools and equipment to improve the sustainability of their home or small business.  By using the DIY toolkit, residents can save energy, water and reduce waste, which supports the City of La Mesa’s Climate Action Plan goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.     

The toolkit contains equipment, tools, and a guide with step-by-step instructions to help you lower your utility bills while saving natural resources. With the toolkit users can easily install free equipment including LED bulbs, low-flow shower heads, weather-stripping, low-flow faucet aerators, outlet gaskets and more.  View a La Mesa resident testimonial here.  

The City has deployed a thorough sanitization and contactless checkout process to ensure residents can take advantage of the free program safely. Every checkout of the toolkit requires an appointment, which can be made online through the city website. Then, a city staff member will reach out and arrange a pickup time. Each toolkit is sanitized prior to checkout. Once all items are in the toolkit, a sticker is added to indicate it is disinfected and safe. Check out the updated process in this video.

With the success of the DIY Energy Saving and Sustainability Toolkit, the City was recently awarded SDG&E’s 15th Annual Energy Showcase “Excellence in Energy Leadership Award.”  Visit cityoflamesa.us/1544/DIY-Toolkit to learn more about the toolkit or make a reservation.