Mira Mesa, San Diego
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Mira Mesa, San Diego
|Country||United States of America|
|• City Council||Chris Cate (R)|
|• State Assembly||Brian Maienschein (D)|
|• State Senate||Toni Atkins (D)|
|• U.S. House||Scott Peters (D)|
|• Total||42.49 km2 (16.406 sq mi)|
|Elevation||133 m (436 ft)|
|• Density||1,712/km2 (4,435/sq mi)|
|GNIS feature ID||1656569|
Mira Mesa (Spanish for "Table View") is a community and neighborhood in the city of San Diego, California. The city-recognized Mira Mesa Community Plan Area is roughly bounded by Interstate 15 on the east, Interstate 805 on the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon on the north and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on the south. Most of the community plan area is referred to as Mira Mesa; the community plan area also includes the neighborhoods of Sorrento Valley and Sorrento Mesa.
The Mira Mesa neighborhood, as defined by the San Diego Police Department's neighborhood map, is roughly bounded by Interstate 15 to the east, Camino Santa Fe to the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the north and Carroll Canyon to the south.
Around the time of World War II the area now called Mira Mesa was used by the United States Army as a test area. Just west of U.S. Route 395 (now Interstate 15) was a Navy auxiliary landing field, known locally as Hourglass Field because the layout of the runways was a single piece of asphalt in the shape of an hourglass. The Navy also used the surrounding area as a bombing range.
Starting in 1969 there was a housing boom in the area that now extends from the I-15 freeway in the east to I-805 in the west and is approximately 10,500 acres (42 km2). This was one of the earliest areas of urban sprawl along the I-15 Corridor. Hourglass Field became the site of San Diego Miramar College and Hourglass Field Community Park. The area was built so quickly that it lacked schools, shopping centers, or other services for its thousands of residents. In 1971 Pete Wilson started his political career running for mayor with the slogan "No more Mira Mesas!" as a promise to stop quick, unplanned growth in San Diego.
Since its inception, Mira Mesa was largely influenced by the military located at the adjacent NAS Miramar. Mira Mesa was the northernmost "real community" of San Diego, and was separated from the rest of the city by NAS Miramar for many years.
By the late-1990s, the Mira Mesa area had undergone extensive expansion to accommodate the thousands of new residents attracted by its proximity to major employers like the University of California, San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Qualcomm, and dozens of biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Several commercial and industrial centers have been built within the Mira Mesa area.
Mira Mesa has about 80,000 residents, including students, families, and single people. There are over 23,000 homes in the community, averaging 3.09 people per household. The median age is 32.4 years.
Arts and culture
- The Mira Mesa Street Fair is held the first Saturday in October on Camino Ruiz on the block just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard. The fair is sponsored by the Mira Mesa Town Council.
- Annual San Diego Tet Festival is held at Mira Mesa Park on Lunar New Year Weekend.
- Mira Mesa High School's marching band, the Sapphire Sound, was part of the band that performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. The band also performed in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2016, they have also been selected to return for the 2022 Parade. The marching band has 225 members. In 2019 the schools Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra were invited to play at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- The Mira Mesa Youth Baseball League (MMYB) serves boys and girls age 4-16, and is operated entirely by volunteer parents. MMYB is governed by the official rules of Major League Baseball and PONY Baseball rules and regulations.
- Mira Mesa AYSO Region 285 soccer program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age.
- Mira Mesa girls' softball, for ages 12 and under, won the state championship in 1999, 2005 and 2006.
- The Mira Mesa Chargers is a non-profit organization that teaches the fundamentals of football and cheer to kids age 5-15. The Chargers Youth Football and Cheer Coach, Roger Dixon, was recognized by the San Diego Chargers with their Community Quarterback Award in 2011, recognizing his "extraordinary dedication to the children in the community."
- Mira Mesa Little League is a non-profit Little League Baseball organization for children.
It is in the San Diego Unified School District
- Elementary schools
- Ericson Elementary School
- Hage Elementary School
- Hickman Elementary School
- Jonas Salk Elementary School
- Mason Elementary School
- Sandburg Elementary School
- Walker Elementary School
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Christ the Cornerstone Academy
- Good Shepherd Catholic School (Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego)
- Mira Mesa Christian School
- Rainbow Kids Integral Preschool
- Mira Mesa Living, a community newspaper publishing local news and events, started publishing bimonthly in July 2010. The previous community newspaper, the Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Sentinel, stopped publication in July 2009.Mira Mesa has a community radio station at 87.9
- The Mira Mesa Times newspaper
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department provide fire services to Mira Mesa through Fire Station #38 and Fire Station #44. Fire Station #38, which includes Engine 38, Truck 38, and Paramedic 38, is located on New Salem Street near the main Mira Mesa Park and Recreation Center. Fire Station #44 is located at the corner of Black Mountain Road and Maya Linda Road. It includes Engine 44, Truck 44, and HAZMAT 1 and 2.
Mira Mesa is served by the Northeastern division of the San Diego Police Department. A police storefront located adjacent to the Epicentre along Mira Mesa Boulevard serves the local area including Scripps Ranch.
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