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National City, San Diego County’s second oldest city, is truly “in the center of it all:” a thriving bi-national region of 5 million consumers. The City’s competitive edge is its central location, transportation network, and business industry. National City is 10 minutes from everywhere and positioned for prosperity, with proximity to the San Diego Bay, US-Mexico border, downtown San Diego, international airport, rail, San Diego State University, and other colleges and universities.
National City is circled by interstates 5 and 805, and highways 54 and 15. The San Diego Trolley and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) service National City 7 days a week. These transportation resources conveniently connect the City to the region. National City is home to over 3,000 businesses – a remarkable number for a city with a population of 61,115. As one of the healthiest business climates in Southern California, National City businesses come from various industries and sectors. Business types range from small family – owned operations to multi million dollar corporations. National City also boasts the highest sales tax per capita in the County.
The National City Marine Terminal, part of the Unified Port of San Diego is the most advanced vehicle import and export facility on the West Coast, processing more than 270,000 vehicles annually. Lumber is also imported from the Pacific Northwest for construction use throughout the region. National City’s port area extends three miles along San Diego Bay and is part of the largest U.S. Navy installation on the West Coast.
Shopping: National City is a great place for shopping. The City is served by several major shopping centers; South Bay Plaza, the first regional shopping center in San Diego, National City Plaza, the first regional shopping center in San Diego, National City Plaza Shopping Center, Sweetwater Crossing, Bay Plaza Shopping Center, grove Shopping Center and Westfield Plaza Bonita.
Dining: If you’re in the mood for Mexican, Japanese or a good old fashion cheese burger, National City has it all. The National City restaurant scene has over 200 restaurants to choose from, running the full range from affordable fast food, to interesting ethnic restaurants, to fine dining.
Recreation: Duffers of all ages are invited to golf the National City Golf Course. The nine-hole course offers discount rates for City residents and economical rates for non-residents as well.
Historical Sightseeing: National City’s Victorian heritage is one of its more important assets. Visit one of the four buildings in the City that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places: Granger Music Hall, Brick Row on Heritage Square, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, and the Santa Fe Rail Depot.
National City is a general law city and operates under the council – manager form of government. The City Council has five members who are elected a large for a term of four years. The citizens of National City also elect the City Treasurer and the City Clerk.
The City Council is responsible for setting policies, enacting ordinances, adopting the budget, reviewing the General Plan, appointing committees and appointing the City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out policies and ordinances of the City Council, appointing city Department heads and overseeing the day – to – day operations of the City. The City Manager also serves as executive director and secretary of the Community Development Commission of the City of National City and may delegate that authority.
National City’s History
The Spanish Land Grant, El Rancho de la Nacion, was purchased by Frank, Warren and Levi Kimball in 1868. The Kimball brothers successfully advertised National City as the most healthful climate on earth. Soon tree-lined streets connected graceful Victorian homes, and orchards flourished over rolling hills.
San Diego County’s second oldest city, National City has preserved much of its rich history. Many restored Victorian homes and other structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Brick Row , built in 1887 to house railroad executives, is an architecturally unique example of an Eastern rowhouse transplanted to the West Coast. Heritage Square includes the Kimball Museum and four magnificent Victorian mansions built between 1887 and 1895. Other grand Victorian homes are scattered throughout National City.
Granger Music Hall is headquarters to the National City Historical Society. Renowned musicians still perform in the acoustically superb Victorian venue. The hall is also available for meetings and special events. Call (619) 477-1122 for more information about Granger Hall and the Historical Society.
The Stein Family Farm is a living history museum where late 19th century California farm life is demonstrated. Purchased by the City of National City, the Stein Farm provides educational programs for local school children.
The restored Santa Fe Rail Depot serves as a railroad museum and community meeting place. The depot was built in 1882 and is the only original U.S. transcontinental railroad terminal still standing. Nearby on Bay Marina Drive, a restored National City & Otay Railway Coach is installed in a park site.
Other Local Phone Resources
- Abandoned Vehicles: 619 – 477 – 4213
- Animal Regulation: 619 – 336 – 4411
- Building & Planning: 619 – 477 – 4310
- Building Permits: 619 – 477 – 4310
- Business License: 619 – 336-4330
- Buses/MTS Access: 619 – 233 – 3004
- Community Redevelopment: 619 – 477 – 4250
- Community Services: 619 – 477 – 4290
- Fire Department: 619 – 477 – 4550
- Graffiti Hotline: 619 – 336 – 4545
- Household Toxic Waste: 619 – 691 – 5122
- Housing Commission: 619 – 231 – 9400
- Housing Inspection Hotline: 619 – 336 – 4601
- Humane Society: 619 – 299 – 7012
- Library: 619 – 470 – 5800
- National City Police Department (Non Emergency): 619 – 477 – 4400
- Noise Regulation: 619 – 477 – 4400
- Nutrition Center: 619 – 336 – 6750
- Park & Recreation: 619 – 336 – 6754
- Parking Citations: 800 – 989 – 2058
- Pest Control: 619 – 276 – 0510
- Police (Non Emergency): 619 – 477 – 4400
- San Diego Housing Commission: 619 – 231 – 9400
- Section 8 Housing: 619 – 477 – 4254
- Senior Citizen Services: 619 – 336 – 6760
- Social Services Information: 211
- Storm Drain Hotline: 619 – 336 – 4389
- Street and Sewer: 619 – 477 – 4580
- Street Sweeping: 619 – 336 – 4580
- Traffic Control: 619 – 336 – 4380
- Trash & Recycling Services: 619 – 474 – 8855
- Tree Maintenance: 619 – 336 – 4580
- Water Emergency: 619 – 426 – 9967
- Water Utilities: 619 – 336 – 4200 or 619 – 420 – 1413
- Zoning Regulation Info: 619 – 336 – 4310