Lemon Grove

MAMMA MIA! BUSINESS RECOGNITION SERIES HAILS LIDO’S ITALIAN FOODS

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

November 19, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the City of Lemon Grove will continue the Business Recognition Series by honoring Lido's Italian Foods on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the city council meeting in the Community Center, 3140 School Lane, when Mayor Raquel Vasquez will present the restaurant's owners with a city proclamation, Miss Lemon Grove will present flowers, and an appreciative audience will take photos and applaud the business beloved in the town for 62 years.

20th ANNUAL BONFIRE, SKATING, HAYRIDE IN LEMON GROVE DEC. 1

 

By Helen Ofield   

November 9, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove will hold its 20th annual holiday "Light up the 'Grove" bonfire on Dec. 1 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. The bonfire lighting at 6 p.m. will be preceded by game booths, rock climbing wall, hayrides, arts and crafts, live music and skating on an actual ice rink. Free hot chocolate and outreach from the city's non profit groups, including the Lemon Grove Historical Society's traditional open house, will be part of the fun.  Event hours are extended this year to mark Lemon Grove's 40th anniversary of incorporation.

For information, call 619-825-3800 or visit https://www.lemongrove.ca.gov/home/showdocument?id=3549.

READER'S EDITORIAL: LEMON GROVE POT PEDDLERS LACK INTEGRITY

 

By J.A. Ellis, Lemon Grove

 

November 6, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- I have lived in Lemon Grove since 2005. I appreciate the small town feel of the folks who live here.

 

We have seen a controversy recently, as medical marijuana retailers have attempted to locate their businesses in Lemon Grove wherever they desire – whether that be near a daycare facility or a school or the like.

LEMON GROVE POT INITIATIVE SIGNATURES VOIDED

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 4, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A ballot initiative effort in Lemon Grove to loosen regulation of where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located has gone up in smoke, for now.

Judge Kenneth Medel upheld a city clerk’s decision to refuse to accept signatures submitted for a special election on the measure, because voters were provided petitions with incomplete language on the proposed measure. Backers have until January 2018 to gather signatures from 15 percent of the city’s registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

DOMESTIC ABUSE RATES UP SHARPLY IN LEMON GROVE AND SANTEE, BUT DROP COUNTYWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: the Hope Rally in El Cajon drew attention to domestic abuse

October 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Domestic abuse impacts over 16,000 victims a year in our region, scarring families and sometimes, claiming lives. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has provided statistics on domestic violence incidents locally from 2012 through 2016.

DISABLED MOTORIST STRUCK AND KILLED BY LEXUS IN LEMON GROVE; TOW TRUCK DRIVER ALSO INJURED

 

Update October 19, 2017:  The man killed while standing beside his disabled vehicle has been identified as Cesar Duenas, 55. 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A Lexus driver struck and killed a disabled motorist who was on the shoulder of State Route 94 at the Lemon Grove off ramp at 5:50 p.m. yesterday.   A tow truck driver, 39, from Santee who was assisting the disabled motorist also was struck and sustained minor injuries.

INVASIVE AEDES MOSQUITOES FOUND AT 273 TRAPS ACROSS REGION, INCLUDING MANY EAST COUNTY COMMUNITIES

 

Residents in La Mesa, Mount Helix, and other local neighborhoods complain of swarms biting during daylight hours

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – After numerous residents on the Mt. Helix Next Door forum complained of swarms of small, aggressive mosquitoes biting during daylight hours and often, indoors, East County Magazine contacted County Vector Control. We learned that the invasive Aedes mosquitoes have been found in 273 traps at 23 different locations between January 1st and September 21st this year.  View map.

WHOA! SOROPTIMISTS TOSS 13TH CHILI COOK-OFF FOR CHARITY OCT. 14

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Get your appetites ready. Lemon Grove Soroptomists are fired up to host their 13th annual hometown chili-cook-off.  Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, serves up this spicy description to savor: 

PAM GLOVER ENGLISH HIGH TEA OCT. 8 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield

September 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold the annual Pam Glover English High Tea on Oct. 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, in support of the 2018 Treganza History Essay Competition for Third Grade in Lemon Grove Schools. Tickets are $25/person for a lavish, four-course high tea, party favors and door prizes.

HISTORY ALIVE OCT. 5 TO FEATURE BAHA’I FAITH LEADERS IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

September 21, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., the 40th season of "History Alive" continues in the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, when Roberta Bulling and Prabakar Mahalingam (photo), leaders of the Baha'i faith in Lemon Grove, present the fascinating story of this major religion and its links to U. S. history.

GIARDINO NEIGHBORHOOD CUCINA TO BRING ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATS TO LEMON GROVE

 

Classical menu brings on flavor, nostalgia and a bit of surprise

East County News Service

September 15, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- With a fast approaching debut next month, the neighborhood eatery, Giardino, has finalized its menu and looks forward to opening its doors to the Lemon Grove community. Featuring Italian inspired cuisine in a welcoming and casual setting, the menu will feature a variety of classic dishes found throughout Italy.

LEMON GROVE PARK BEAUTIFICATION AND CLEAN-UP SEPT. 16

 

Volunteers will give City parks extra TLC  

East County News Service

September 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- “I Love a Clean San Diego” and the City of Lemon Grove are co-sponsoring the Lemon Grove Park Beautification and Clean-Up Event at Lemon Grove Park on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Join in the fun and participate in your choice of park beautification activities from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Event registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

CAR DAMAGES NAIL SALON IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

September 6, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A 77-year-old San Diego woman parking her vehicle in Lemon Grove inexplicably drove through a window at a Nail salon, coming to rest 40 feet inside.

The vehicle struck a reception desk, partially pinning an employee against a wall.  The employee complained of arm pain and said she would seek medical attention. The driver complained of pain and was tended to by paramedics, who transported her to a hospital for evaluation.

RESIDENTS CONCERNED OVER CATS FOUND CUT IN HALF OR MUTILATED IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: “Bootsie,” found dead and mutilated in Lemon Grove, one of several similar cat deaths in recent weeks in East County communities.

September 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Residents in Spring Valley, Lemon Grove and Mt. Helix are voicing concerns after several cats were found cut in half, dismembered or eviscerated in recent weeks.  It is not yet known whether the gruesome finds were the result of human acts or animal predators.

GEORGE GASTIL APPOINTED TO UCSD CHANCELLOR'S COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

 

Photo: Gastil, right, with UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla's Community Advisory Board

By Jonathan Goetz

August 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Lemon Grove resident George Gastil, a professor, former school board and city council member, has been appointed to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB) for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

OFFICERS NAMED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF SPRING VALLEY MAN AFTER CHASE; IDENTITY ALSO RELEASED OF DEAD SUSPECT AND A FUGITIVE ARRESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Sheriff’s department has released the identity of a 19-year-old shot dead in Lemon Grove on August 24th by law enforcement officers after a pursuit that began in La Mesa and ended on Rebecca Lane in Lemon Grove.

LIONS CLUB SALSA SEPT. 16 FOR LEMON GROVE LITTLE LEAGUE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 28, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Lions Club is hosting a Salsa y Salsa Fiesta to raise money to buy new bleachers for Lemon Grove Little League.

Lemon Grove Mayor Pro-Tem Jennifer Mendoza cited safety concerns with the current bleachers . “Lemon Grove is one of the poorest communities in San Diego,” she said. “Our Little League has been here for some fifty years and is showing its age, so our Lions Club adopted it as our project.”

PURSUIT ENDS IN SUSPECT FATALLY SHOT IN LEMON GROVE: SEARCH ON FOR SECOND SUSPECT; THIRD PERSON IN CUSTODY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News.

August 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Law enforcement agencies from multiple agencies  shot and killed a man in Lemon Grove who had opened fire on them following a pursuit early this morning, Times of San Diego.

  The chase reportedly began after a La Mesa Police officer  approaching a suspicious car stopped at a green light near Fletcher Parkway and Baltimore Drive heard screams; the car then sped away, according to Times of San Diego.

READER’ S EDITORIAL: LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS, BEWARE OF PETITION SOLICITORS REGARDING CHANGES TO RECENT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY ORDINANCE

 

By Jennifer Mendoza, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lemon Grove

August 18, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Less than a year ago, the voters of Lemon Grove narrowly approved an ordinance to allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (MMD) to operate in our city. This ordinance was written by a coalition of MMD businesses and proponents. This same coalition is now unhappy with some of the language and restrictions they wrote into the ordinance. They wish to force the city to hold a special election in 2017, so that they can change the language.

T. JEFFERSON PARKER AUTHOR VISIT AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY SEPT. 30

 

East County News Service

August 10, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker will visit the Lemon Grove Library on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 P.M. to promote his new novel The Room of White Fire. Parker will read excerpts from the book, discuss themes from the story, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of the book.

DEPUTY NABS FUGITIVE SEX OFFENDER IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

August 9, 2017 (Lemon Grove) — A Sheriff’s deputy patrolling the Palm Street area in Lemon Grove recognized a face he’d seen on a Crime Stoppers Bulletin. Last night at 11 p.m., he arrested Rainier Raroque, 31, who was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

SHERIFF SEEKS FUGITIVE SEX OFFENDER KNOWN TO FREQUENT LA MESA AND LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Authorities seek public help to locate 31-year-old Rainier Raroque, a convicted sexual batterer.  He failed to register as a sex offender in San Diego County and is known to frequent La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports.

LEMON GROVE 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION, BASKETBALL & REDUCING HOMELESSNESS

 

Lemon Grove kicked off its 40th Birthday Celebration at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

Photo: (left to right) Councilman David Arambula, Councilman Jerry Jones, founding Councilman W. Dale Bailey, Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Mendoza, Mayor Racquel Vasquez, founding Councilman Jack Doherty, Councilman David Arambula, former Mayor Mary Sessom and her grandson, former Councilman Tom Clabby and Helen Ofield with the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

By Jonathan Goetz

August 3, 2017 (Lemon Grove) –  To commemorate the city’s 40th birthday, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez presented certificates to founding Councilmembers W. Dale Bailey and Jack Doherty; Matt Jennings presented a certificate to the City from Senator Joel Anderson at this week’s Council meeting.

NATIIONAL “NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME” AUGUST 1

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - National Night Out Against Crime© is on Tuesday, August 1st. The Sheriff’s Department is inviting the public to a dozen different events all over the county, including East County events in Alpine, Lemon Grove, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, and Santee. 

Night Out Against Crime© is a celebration of community relationships. Meet deputies who patrol your neighborhoods, learn about the many services the Sheriff’s Department provides, get crime prevention tips, giveaways at some locations, and other ways you can stay safe. Activities vary by location. 

Below are details on each location:

LEMON GROVE TURNS 40: YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION STARTS AUGUST 1ST

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

July 25, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove became California's 414th city on July 1, 1977. We're 40!  Our City has planned festivities for every council meeting from Aug. 1, 2017 to June 19, 2018. After that, we have to settle down and just be 41, so don't miss this.

LEMON GROVE DENIES ZONING CLEARANCE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

 

By Jonathan Goetz

July 23, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to deny a zoning clearance appeal for a medical marijuana dispensary in the 7300 block of Broadway because it is within 1,000 feet of two small daycare centers, one on Broadway and the other on Citrus.

RESTRAINING ORDER REQUEST AGAINST LEMON GROVE COUNCILMAN DENIED BY JUDGE; ARAMBULA SAYS HE PLANS SUIT ALLEGING DEFAMATION AND MALICIOUS PROSECUTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2017  (Lemon Grove) – A judge has denied  a permanent restraining order sought against Lemon Grove Councilman David Arambula by a local lawyer for whom he once worked as a paralegal. The restraining order request was denied with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refilled.  The judge found no evidentiary basis for a civil harassment order.  View the judge’s Minute Order.

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