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Otay Mesa is a community in the southern section of the city of San Diego, just north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Otay is derived from the Kumeyaay language. Although its meaning is disputed, possible derivations include “otai”, meaning “brushy”; “Tou-ti” meaning “big mountain”; or “etaay” meaning “big”. Mesa is the Spanish word for plateau, table or tableland.


One Perfect Day In Otay Mesa East

Dystopia is perhaps the best way to describe Otay Mesa. Located along the furthest reaches of San Diego County along the U.S.-Mexico border, the area is also the last bastion of open land. The San Diego County government wants more industry to come to this area. Indeed, if South Bay wants industrial jobs, here’s where […]

Otay Mesa POE Sculpture

The Otay Mesa Border

There’s not much to see here — which is perhaps the reason to visit. The Otay Mesa Port of Entry is the third busiest along the U.S.-Mexico border and yet it’s lackluster. The most “beautifying” item when you reach the United States is this art piece: I know. We’re in awe, right? The Otay Mesa POE was […]

Otay Reservoir

When Rain Comes: A Historical Romance Novel by Patricia Maxwell

By Patricia Maxwell / This is Part II of a Series In today’s world where landing a government contract is a labyrinthian process of being vetted, investigated and scrutinized, one wonders how the San Diego council chose Charles Hatfield, a rainmaker, to fill the nearly empty Morena Reservoir with water. Life was different in 1915, […]

MOPA In South Bay

MOPA Comes To The South Bay: Photography and Alzheimer’s

Most people in San Diego know that the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), located in Balboa Park, offers exquisite exhibits throughout the year. Lesser known are their outreach programs. Kevin Linde, Adults Programs Coordinator, has been offering workshops to Spanish language communities in the South Bay for the last two years. Recently, in collaboration with […]

OVRP Business


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