La Mesa Fast Facts

Elected Representatives*

PositionNameTerm Expires
MayorMark Arapostathis2026
Vice MayorColin Parent2024
CouncilmemberPatricia Dillard
CouncilmemberLaura Lothian2026
CouncilmemberJack Shu2024

*Elections are every two years for four-year terms.

City Information                                                                                                                 

Incorporated:February 16, 1912 (Founded in 1869)
City Government:La Mesa is a general law city which derives its power from state law and uses the State Governmental Code to enumerate the City’s powers and form of government. In this case, La Mesa employs a Council-Manager form of government. In this arrangement, the council is responsible for determining policy, and the City Manager ensures that such policy is implemented.
City Employees:264 full-time employees budgeted
Police Sworn Personnel:70 full-time employees budgeted
Fire Sworn Personnel:42 full-time employees budgeted
Fire Stations:3
City Parks:14
City Slogan:Jewel of the Hills
City Flower:Bougainvillea (Barbara Karst Red)
City Tree:Plum
Budget FY 21-22:$151,804,620
Size:9.1 square miles
Miles of City Streets:153
Population (2020):59,996 (Provided by SANDAG)
Median Household Income (2020):$71,879 (Provided by SANDAG)*
School Districts:La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Grossmont Union High School District
Weather:Average January low: 47°
Average January high: 67°
Average July low: 62°
Average July high: 83°
Average Annual Precipitation: 12.5 inches

*The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has an extensive listing of demographic data. 

Updated January 2022