Otay Mesa, San Diego

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This article is about the neighborhood in San Diego. For the borough of Tijuana, see Mesa de Otay.
Otay Mesa, San Diego
Community of San Diego
Otay Mesa
Otay Mesa, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Otay Mesa, San Diego
Otay Mesa, San Diego
Location within Southern San Diego
Coordinates: 32°33′30″N 116°56′33″W / 32.5583913°N 116.9425228°W / 32.5583913; -116.9425228
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego

Otay Mesa is a community in the southern section of the city of San Diego, just north of the U.S.–Mexico border.

It is bordered by the Otay River Valley and the city of Chula Vista on the north, Interstate 805 and the neighborhoods of Ocean View Hills and San Ysidro on the west, unincorporated San Diego County on the north and east (including East Otay Mesa), and the Otay Centenario borough of Tijuana Municipality, Mexico on the south.

Major thoroughfares include Otay Mesa Road/California State Route 905, Otay Valley Road/Heritage Road, Siempre Viva Road, and California State Route 125.

History[edit]

Otay (pronounced Oh-Tie) is derived from the Kumeyaay language. Although its meaning is disputed,[1] possible derivations include "otai", meaning "brushy"; "Tou-ti" meaning "big mountain";[2] or "etaay" meaning "big".[3] Mesa is the Spanish word for plateau, table or tableland.

Aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery made the first controlled flights in the western hemisphere using a series of gliders from the west rim of Otay Mesa in 1883/1884.,[4][5]

The area which now includes Otay Mesa was annexed from San Diego County along with other portions of South San Diego in 1957.[6] Additional annexation of almost four thousand acres was approved in 1985.[7]

Since 2010, seven cross-border tunnels have been found linking Warehouses in Otay Mesa with entry points within Mexico.[8]

Border crossings[edit]

The Otay Mesa Port of Entry is one of two border crossings within the city of San Diego, the other being the San Ysidro Port of Entry six miles to the west. Trucks are generally instructed to use the border crossing in Otay Mesa instead of the San Ysidro one. Otay Mesa also houses an immigration detention center.[9]

Two miles east of the Otay Mesa border crossing in the unincorporated area of East Otay Mesa, the new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry is planned to be in service as early as 2017.

Other landmarks and facilities[edit]

Located 1.5 miles north of the Mexico-United States Border, is the 510 megawatt Otay Mesa Generating Plant, which came online in 2009.[10] This power plant will be joined with the Pio Pico Energy Center peaker, which will generate an additional 300 megawatts.[11]

Pacific Gateway Park is located between Otay Mesa Road and the international border.[citation needed]

Five major law-enforcement facilities are located in Otay Mesa:[12]

Education[edit]

Public schools in and near Otay Mesa include:

  • Finney Elementary School
  • Juarez Lincon Elementary School
  • Los Altos Elementary School
  • Howard Pence Elementary School
  • Silverwing Elementary School
  • San Ysidro Elementary School
  • Montgomery Middle School
  • Montgomery High School
  • San Ysidro High School

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Books, San Diego County Place Names A to Z, Leland Fetzer.
  2. ^ Google Books, San Diego County Place Names A to Z, Leland Fetzer.
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin. California Place Names, 4th ed. University of California Press, 1998. http://books.google.com/books?id=Kqwt5RlMVBoC&pg=PA273&dq=otay+otai&hl=en&ei=z19xTZGhEY-osAPLx-XQCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=otay%20otai&f=false p.273
  4. ^ Stein, Lou, San Diego County Place-Names, pages 88-89, Rand Editions-Tofua Press, 1975
  5. ^ Harwood, Craig S. and Fogel, Gary B. Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West, University of Oklahoma Press, 2012
  6. ^ "Otay Mesa Nestor". Development Services Department, Planning Division. City of San Diego. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Michael A. Fairley (27 February 1985). "Annexation of Otay Mesa Land Approved". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Whitcomb, Dan (4 April 2014). "Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.-Mexico border". Reuters (Los Angeles). Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Elliot Spagat (26 May 2010). "Health official tours San Diego immigration jail". San Diego Union Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Otay Mesa Power Plant Licensing Case". California Energy Commission. State of California. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  11. ^ City News Service (12 September 2012). "California Energy Commission Approves 300-Megawatt Natural Gas Power Plant". KPBS. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ http://clui.org/ludb/site/otay-mesa-prison-area

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