Most evenings, four or more 15-passenger vans owned by Invisible Children park along Maiden Lane in La Mesa. In the mornings, they fill up with dedicated young people and wind down the hill.
Forty to 60 interns live at any given time at one stucco, red-tile-roofed, three-bedroom house on the narrow cul-de-sac, according to documents at La Mesa City Hall and blog posting by some of the interns.
“They’re really nice, they’re really respectful,” said Helix High junior Stephanie Green, who lives across the street. “They’re nice-spirited, and they’re not loud.”
Still, La Mesa City Hall has received complaints about the volunteers, saying they spill into the street dropping litter, chatting on cellphones at all hours and generally overrunning the neighborhood.
“The situation is rapidly deteriorating,” one complaint says.
“About 50 of us live in the house, and it’s like a mix between the craziest dorm and hostel,” wrote intern Justin Peterson. “I’m super pumped about sharing just one bathroom between 25 guys and even more excited about the eight bunk beds pushed together in one room. In all seriousness, it’s amazing, and it’s been quite an experience.”