2015-16 Partner Cities

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About Santee

Santee is a thriving family-oriented community with a population of just under 56,000. The community enjoys a small town atmosphere with a vision of being the city where people want to live, work and play. The City Council focuses on smart growth and development. Additionally, through the City’s Sustainability Project, Santee is committed to saving taxpayer money through improved energy and water conservation; responding to legislative mandates to reduce air emissions; and implementing best practices for the environment and the future by becoming more sustainable. Because of these efforts, Santee maintains a high quality of life for its residents and visitors, strong retail activity, successful recreation programs and community events, and safe neighborhoods with low crime rates.

City of Santee website


Santee Reports


San Diego Union-Tribune: SDSU program helps Santee (05/31/2016)
SDSU NewsCenter:  The Sage Project announces a new partner (04/29/2015)

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About Tijuana

Tijuana is the western-most city in Mexico. Home to nearly two million people, it is Mexico’s sixth largest city. Together, Tijuana and the greater San Diego region form the largest metropolitan area on the US-Mexico border with more than five million people. Tijuana is home to a large number of multinational companies that specialize in producing medical devices and televisions and in assembling a great variety of manufacturing goods. Tijuana is also a land of migrants, from all over Mexico and Latin America, which gives the city its diversity and welcoming feel. However, this has also led to the city’s greatest challenges: rapid and unplanned urban growth, and pockets of high poverty levels throughout the city. Tijuana´s influence in Mexican cultural life is due to its booming economic and artistic development, and also because Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world, with approximately 50 million people crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego every year. Tijuana is also known for its great culinary offerings, ranging from traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex, Asian-Mexican, and the local Baja-Med cuisine, which is a hybrid between Mexican, Mediterranean and Spanish styles.

City of Tijuana website


Tijuana Reports


UniradioInforma.com: Ayuntamiento ha regulado el impacto ambiental de 5 mil 800 comercios (11/25/16)
SDSU NewsCenter: Sage Project heads south of the border (04/13/2016)
SanDiegoRed.com: Ayuntamiento lanza el programa “Comuniparques” (04/05/2016)
Diario Tijuana: Concluyen con éxito programa comuniparques en delegación La Presa A.L.R. (12/2/2015)
UniradioInforma.com: A través de ‘comuniparques’ buscan rehabilitar zonas abandonadas (11/26/15)
SanDiegoRed.com: Municipio lanza programa “Comuniparques” (10/31/15)

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About National City

National City is a highly urban community of about 60,000 residents in south San Diego County. It is the second oldest city in the county and boasts a rich history, a diverse community, and is known as one of the most walkable cities in San Diego County. Located just south of downtown San Diego and just north of the US-Mexico border, the city is flanked by freeways and is home to large-scale industries. National City is a mid-size city that faces big city challenges, and, like many municipalities, the city is challenged to meet community needs and new demands of sustainability.

City of National City website


National City Reports

City of San Diego

About San Diego

With over 1.3 million residents, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. With its many beaches and some of the most temperate year-round climate in the country, the city is a popular destination for tourists as well as permanent transplants from other regions. This magnetic quality has also resulted in a composition of many culturally and socioeconomically diverse communities. Home to five public and dozens of private colleges and universities, San Diego is also renowned for education and cutting-edge advances in medical, technological, and other sciences. As a very large and influential municipality that continues to expand and change, the city presents with unique challenges of scope that make innovative and sustainable approaches to growth and livability essential to its continued success.

City of San Diego website


City of San Diego Reports