National City

GENERAL

National City Mile of Cars names new executive director

The National City Mile of Cars, an auto dealership cooperative group, has named Leslie Larranaga-Britt as its new executive director, succeeding Weldon Donaldson, who passed away in May 2014 after serving 20 years as director.

GOVERNMENT

Officials discuss regional plan, emphasize transit, border waits

For more than a dozen years, local civic leaders have complained about how the traffic bottlenecks along the U.S.-Mexico border have caused billions of dollars worth of delays to cross-border production lines and stymied workers and shoppers from coming north.

CONSTRUCTION

Dempsey completes renovations on Southport Business Park

Dempsey Construction has completed a comprehensive exterior renovation of a 5,962-square-foot multitenant building at the Southport Business Park in National City.

GENERAL

San Diego Foundation presents four South County nonprofits with grants

CONSTRUCTION

Construction to start on auxiliary lane project on I-805

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Visitor Information

When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1810, the area became Rancho de la Nacion. Frank Kimball and his brothers, Warren and Levi, bought the parcel of land in 1868 and modernized the area, building the first roads, a post office and wharf for sea trade. National City gradually came into being.

One landmark with historical significance is the National City Railroad Depot, which was built in 1882 and served as the West Coast’s first station for Santa Fe Railway’s transcontinental railroad. It also helped Santa Fe Railway break the Southern Pacific Railroad’s monopoly over California’s economy and transportation.

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Business Information

The Mile of Cars auto mall is the major industry that contributes to National City’s bottom line, drawing price-conscious car shoppers from around the county with the ability to comparison shop within a one-mile stretch.

Reynoso said people who live outside the city are exempt from the additional 1 percent district sales tax on exempted items, which can make a difference with big-ticket goods like cars.

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Granger Music Hall Plays On

Granger Music Hall is an Irving Gill designed acoustical masterpiece located in National City.  The Music Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available to rent for weddings and recitals.

National City's Gracious Victorian Homes

National City has restored a number of its Victorian buildings and preserved its heritage as a gracious turn of the century town for posterity.

National City--A city on the move

National City is thriving with new projects and development attracted by its affordable housing and strong committed work force.

National City in Photos

Spotlight on National City

National City is steeped in history that’s very significant to San Diego County’s early development. When Spanish soldiers and missionaries, led by Father Junipero Serra, occupied land that the Kumeyaay people farmed, they used 26,000 acres in what is now National City as grazing land for their horses and named it El Rancho del Rey, or “Ranch of the King.”

 

When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1810, the area became Rancho de la Nacion. Frank Kimball and his brothers, Warren and Levi, bought the parcel of land in 1868 and modernized the area, building the first roads, a post office and wharf for sea trade. National City gradually came into being.

Movie Theaters

3050 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City, CA, 91950

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