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Chula Vista in Spanish means “Beautiful View”.
Is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, the seventh largest city in Southern California, the fourteenth largest city in the State of California, and the seventy seventh largest city in the U.S.
Located just 7 miles from downtown San Diego and 7 miles from the Mexican border in the South Bay region of the metropolitan area. Chula Vista is at the center of one of the richest economic and culturally diverse zones in the United States.
It is so named Chula Vista because of its scenic location between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills.
Founded in the early 19th century, fast population growth has recently been observed in the city. As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has quickly become a destination popular to many tourists.
Located in the eastern part of Chula Vista is one of Americas few year-round United States Olympic Training centers.
Popular tourist destinations include Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Knott's Soak City USA, the Chula Vista marina, the Chula Vista Nature Center and golf courses.
In the year 1542, a fleet of three Spanish Empire ships, commanded by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, sailed into San Diego Harbor. Early explorations by Spanish conquistadors, such as these, led to Spanish claims of the land. The historic land on which Chula Vista sits became part of the 1795 land grant known as Rancho del Rey or The King's Ranch. Recently was renamed Rancho de la Nacion.
During the Mexican-American War, California was claimed by the United States, regardless of the California independence movement that had briefly swept the state. Though California was now under the jurisdiction of the United States, land grants were allowed to continue in the form of private property.
The San Diego Land and Town Company developed lands of the Rancho de la Nación for new settlement. The town began as a five thousand acre development, with the first house being erected in 1887; by 1889, ten houses had been completed. Chula Vista in Spanish means "beautiful view."
The 1888 completion of the Sweetwater Dam allowed for irrigation of Chula Vista farming lands. Chula Vista eventually became the largest lemon-growing center in the world for a period of time.
The citizens of Chula Vista voted to incorporate on October 17, 1911
In the 1910s, Chula Vista became one of the many San Diego neighborhoods connected by the Class 1 streetcars and an extensive San Diego public transit system that was spurred by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and built by John D. Spreckels. These streetcars went on to serve briefly as a connection to the U.S.-Mexico Border and became a fixture of this neighborhood until their retirement in 1939. Only three of these streetcars exist today and remain ideal candidates for restoration as a historic streetcar line on any of their previous routes.
In 1916, the Hercules Powder Company opened a 30-acre bayfront site, now known as Gunpowder point, which produced substances used to make cordite, which was used extensively by the British military during World War I. Although the Great Depression affected Chula Vista significantly, agriculture still provided considerable income for the residents. In 1931, the lemon orchards produced $1 million in revenue and the celery fields contributed $600,000.
The relocation of Rohr Aircraft Corporation to Chula Vista in early 1941, just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, changed Chula Vista. The land never returned to being orchard groves again. The population of post-World War II Chula Vista tripled from 5,000 residents in 1940 to more than 16,000 in 1950. After the war, many of the factory workers and thousands of servicemen stayed in the area resulting in the huge growth in population. The last of the citrus groves and produce fields disappeared as Chula Vista became one of the largest communities in San Diego County.
In January 1986, Chula Vista annexed the unincorporated community of Montgomery which had previously rejected annexation in 1979 and 1982.
Over the next few decades, Chula Vista continued to expand eastward. Housing developments kept expanding which are now knowm as Eastlake, Rancho del Rey and Otay Ranch neighborhoods.
While Chula Vista kept growing at a fast pace, with major developments were taking place in the Otay Valley near the U.S. Olympic Training Center and Otay Lake Reservoir. Thousands of new homes have been built in the Otay Ranch, Lomas Verdes, Rancho Del Rey, Eastlake and Otay Mesa Areas.
The South Bay Expressway, a toll-road extension of state route 125, opened November 19, 2007, connecting freeways 805 and 905 with State Route 54.
On May 30, 2006 officials from Chula Vista and the San Diego Chargers met to potentially discuss building a new stadium that would serve as the home for the team. Yet, in June 2009 the Chargers removed Chula Vista as a possible location for a new stadium.
In 2009, Chula Vista - was rated as one of the most boring cities in America by Forbes Magazine; citing the large population but rare mentions of the city in national media. A current and ongoing development plan in Chula Vista is to develop the bayfront.
Chula Vista is located in the South Bay region of San Diego County, between the foothills of the Jamul and San Ysidro Mountains (including Lower Otay Reservoir) and San Diego Bay on its east and west extremes, and the Sweetwater River and Otay River at its north and south.
Chula Vista maintains a business atmosphere that encourages growth and development. In the city, the small business sector amounts for the majority of Chula Vista's business populous. This small business community is attributed to the city's growth and serves as a stable base for its economic forward movement.
Tourism serves as a great economic influx for Chula Vista. The city has numerous dining, shopping, and cinema.
Chula Vista features many golf courses.
Some of the city's notable attractions included the Chula Vista Nature Center, Otay Valley Regional Park, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, OnStage Playhouse, Knott's Soak City US, the Chula Vista Marina, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The Nature Center is home to interactive exhibits describing geologic and historic aspects of the Sweetwater Marsh and San Diego Bay. The Center has exhibits on sharks, rays, waterbirds, birds of prey, insects, and flora. Otay Valley Regional Park is located partially within Chula Vista, where it covers the area of a natural river valley.
The marina at Chula Vista is located in South Bay including multiple marinas and is home to the Chula Vista Yacht Club. Sports fishing and whale watching charters operate the regional bay area. The Olympic Training Center assists current and future Olympic athletes in archery, rowing, kayaking, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, track and field, and cycling.
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