Photo (top left to lower right): Howard Cook, Jerry Jones, Jennifer Mendoza, and Stephen Browne
By Jordan Schaffner
October 31, 2014 (Lemon Grove)—Five candidates are in the running for the Lemon Grove City Council: incumbents Howard Cook and Jerry Jones, along with challengers Anna Sessom Baker, Stephen Browne, and Jennifer Mendoza. Baker did not respond.
The other candidates’ responses are posted below, highlighting their goals on issues ranging from transportation to public safety.
By Roy L Hales
February 10, 2014 (Boulevard)--Yesterday, we reported how three authorities state Soitec's consultant is wrong, Boulevard does not possess enough water for their proposed solar project. Now a video from the February 6 community meeting, at Boulevard, reveals that Soitec's consultant, Dudek, recently underestimated the amount of water needed at SDG&E recent ECO substation project by more than three times what would be the final total. (The original estimate was 30 million gallons and the actual amount was closer to 100 million gallons.) Dudek is also alleged to have seriously underestimated the amount of water needed for the Ocotillo Wind Project. If this is true, how can we assume that Dudek's estimates for the Boulevard project are correct?
May 5, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – A packed audience turned out Tuesday in Lemon Grove, where the cash-strapped city’s council voted 3-2 to eliminate the Recreation Department. Around 20 members of the community addressed the council, which also opted against outsourcing programs to the YMCA.
“All the community people who spoke were in favor of keeping the city’s youth programs,” said Councilman George Gastil, who voted against axing the department.
A community leader and historian contends that the City's proposal to eliminate its recreation department is a lemon--and that residents will be squeezed.
By Helen Ofield, president, Lemon Grove Historical Society
April 26, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – [Councilman] Tom Clabby has given permission to release to you his response to Howard Cook's bizarre email. Please see below. Cook, who ran as a budget wizard, is evidently unable to fathom the same budget figures you and I have been reading.
Poison pen letters like the one to Tom, wild statements to media (Channel 10 a couple of days ago, Union-Trib, etc.) to spread inaccurate statements, skewering long-time, skilled, city employees, attempting to divide the council on trumped-up fiscal issues -- all of this is a throwback to the bad old days when we suffered with a rogue councilman, who also touted himself as a financial wizard. The said rogue has long since been discredited, but not before nearly destroying the Senior Center with his budget mismanagement. In other words, history is repeating itself.
April 8, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – By a 4-1 vote, the Lemon Grove City Council ordered staff to come up with a plan to shut down its Parks & Recreation Department, outsource programs for children and adults to the YMCA, but find a means to keep other functions of the department.
Those functions include leasing recreation buildings to community groups and operating city events, such as the holiday bonfire and concerts in the park. Staff will present its report to Council on May 3rd.
Update October 27, 2010 -- This story has been updated to include comments provided by Councilman Jerry Jones, who was not available when the original story ran.
By Emily Anderson
(Oct. 8, 2010) The City of Lemon Grove, home to a little more than 24,000 residents, is nestled south of Highway 94, east of I-15 and mostly west of Highway 125 in city boundaries that resemble an animal with two ears and a tail. Incumbent councilmembers Jerry Jones (currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem) and Jerry Selby face re-election in the nonpartisan November 2 race. Their challengers are Tom Clabby, Howard Cook and Lou Melendez.
Each candidate that we reached offered seeds of plans to improve Lemon Grove, though with very different visions for the future.