OCTOBER Newsletter
Abandoned Cars Prog
In September 2015, the La Mesa Police Department piloted the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) program funded by a grant from the State of California to address vehicles being abandoned or unlawfully stored on the streets of La Mesa.

How It Works

The AVA program relies on community input, as well as coordination between the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), and the City’s Code Compliance Officer. Officers and RSVPs respond to citizen complaints and also proactively patrol the streets looking for vehicles that have debris build up, cobwebs, and other signs of inactivity.

Identified vehicles are marked with a 72-hour warning notice. Officers cite vehicles remaining after 72 hours for La Mesa Municipal Code 12.40.060 and monitor them to determine if the vehicle is abandoned or continues to be stored unlawfully. AVA guidelines allow for up to two weeks before the vehicle is towed to a storage yard per California Vehicle Code 22651(K). Once stored, the vehicle’s owner(s) are notified and given the chance to claim their vehicle before it is sold at auction or sent to a scrap yard.


From September 2015 to September 2016, AVA marked 1,340 vehicles. 991 vehicles were removed from the roadway by their owners after receiving a warning. 185 vehicles were removed after receiving a parking citation. Only about 12% of cases (164 vehicles) resulted in a tow away. 63% of those vehicles remained unclaimed and were ultimately sold at auction or junked.

How to Report

To report a vehicle to AVA, call the LMPD Traffic Unit at 619.667.7549. When leaving a message, please clearly describe the location, make, model, and color of the vehicle. Once we receive the message it can take up two weeks for a vehicle to be removed from the roadway.
The City is seeking La Mesa residents who are interested in serving their community by becoming a member of a City board or commission.

Each advisory group has specific roles and responsibilities and most of the groups meet once a month for a couple of hours. An application and specific information about each board or commission are available at online or by visiting the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue.

Applications are now being accepted for openings on the:



Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:30 pm, Monday, May 22 to be included in the interview process that is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 13. The interview and selection process for the Youth Advisory Commission will occur in September. Questions? Call the Clerk’s office at 619.667.1120.

As of January 1, 2017:

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.

Current California Law:

  • Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. 
  • Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height must be secured by a safety belt.
  • Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law. 
  1. Construction Updates
  2. Calendar
  1. Comanche Drive Storm Drain Improvements
    Missing sections of curb and gutter will be added and corrugated metal storm drain pipe will be lined to increase its lifespan.

    Funding Source: TransNet and Community Development Block Grant Funds.

    King Street and Violet Street Improvements

    Intersection improvements will be made on Violet at Pearson and Waite to increase pedestrian safety near Vista La Mesa Academy.  Sidewalks are being installed on King between Waite and Hoffman to improve access to Vista La Mesa Park.

    Funding Source: State Active Transportation Grant and Community Development Block Grant Funds

    Collier Park Phase 1
    The park entry from Palm Avenue will be redone with a new sign, decorative hardscape, landscaping, sidewalk, lights, and additional parking.

    Funding Source: Community Development Block Grant Funds

    University Avenue Median Water Quality Improvements
    The City has received a $2.3 million grant to install new median landscaping to improve stormwater quality on University Avenue between La Mesa Boulevard and Harbinson Avenue.

    Funding Source: State Water Resources Control Board Proposition 84, Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program Fees, and TransNet

    Alvarado Trunk Sewer Improvements Phase 2
    A portion of the Alvarado Trunk Sewer between Bus Court and Amaya Court will be replaced to improve maintenance and reduce the possibility of sewer overflows.

    Funding Source: State Water Resource Control Board Revolving Fund Loan and Sewer Fund

    Zone 7 Maintenance
    Crews will be working on infrastructure maintenance within Maintenance Zone 7 throughout the year. Work will include: street tree trimming; concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps; street repairs; and slurry seal.

    Funding Source: General Fund, Gas Tax, and TransNet

    SDG&E Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan
    SDG&E will be replacing several large, high pressure gas mains that run through La Mesa. Areas affected will include portions of Amaya Drive, Alvarado Road, Baltimore Drive, Date Avenue Fletcher Parkway, Jackson Drive, and University Avenue.

New law
Spring cleaning
Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device will be prohibited, unless the device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle.
Want to clean out the garage or yard but don’t know what to do with all that stuff? The annual Spring Clean Up event is your opportunity to dispose of:

• old appliances
• broken or unwanted furniture
• landscape material
• home improvement debris
• reusable items
• electronics
• trash & yard waste
• just plain junk

It’s FREE for City of La Mesa residents!

This annual event is for residents who live within the incorporated city limits ONLY. Proof of residency is required. Free mulch will be available on a self-loading, first come-first served basis.

The event will be held from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at EDCO Station, 8184 Commercial Street.

APRIL 8 is your clean-up day if you live south of Interstate 8
APRIL 22 is your clean-up day if you live north of Interstate 8


• Items from households outside the city limits of La Mesa
• Moving vans
• Waste from businesses, contractors, or professional landscapers
• Household hazardous waste or tires

For questions please call 619.667.1338