Otay Mesa, San Diego

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Otay Mesa
Community of San Diego
Otay Mesa, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Otay Mesa
Location within Southern San Diego
Coordinates: 32°33′30″N 116°56′33″W / 32.5583913°N 116.9425228°W / 32.5583913; -116.9425228
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyCounty of San Diego
CityCity of San Diego
 
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Otay Mesa
Community of San Diego
Otay Mesa, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
Otay Mesa
Location within Southern San Diego
Coordinates: 32°33′30″N 116°56′33″W / 32.5583913°N 116.9425228°W / 32.5583913; -116.9425228
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyCounty of San Diego
CityCity of 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, and unincorporated land of San Diego County on the north and east. Major thoroughfares include Otay Mesa Road/California State Route 905, Otay Valley Road/Heritage Road, Siempre Viva Road, and California State Route 125.

South of the border between the United States and Mexico, the same region continues as a residential and industrial area called "Mesa de Otay", which is one of nine "delegaciones" (boroughs) of Tijuana Municipality.

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]

Landmarks and facilities[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.[8]

Located 1.5 miles north of the Mexico-United States Border, is the 510 megawatt Otay Mesa Generating Plant, which came online in 2009.[9] This power plant will be joined with the Pio Pico Energy Center peaker, which will generate an additional 300 megawatts.[10]

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

Education[edit]

Public schools in and near Otay Mesa include:

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. ^ Elliot Spagat (26 May 2010). "Health official tours San Diego immigration jail". San Diego Union Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Otay Mesa Power Plant Licensing Case". California Energy Commission. State of California. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  10. ^ City News Service (12 September 2012). "California Energy Commission Approves 300-Megawatt Natural Gas Power Plant". KPBS. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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