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JOIN US MAY 8 FOR A FESTIVE FEAST! EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT LEMON GROVE BISTRO

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You’re  invited to our next East County Dining Club event! This event benefits East County Magazine and our East County Wildfire & Emergency alerts. Everyone is welcome to attend our event at this popular new eatery founded by chefs with international experience!

When: Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Lemon Grove Bistro & Beer Garden, 3308 Main St., Lemon Grove


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CHARLENE WADDELL, SERVING COMMUNITY AND SPIRIT: CANCER SURVIVOR SEEKS 70 BLOOD DONORS APRIL 4 FOR HER 70TH BIRTHDAY

Blood drive from 2-4 p.m. April 4 in Treganza Heritage Park, Lemon Grove

By Chris Ernest Nelson

March 29, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Living in community is humankind’s primary means of survival. Our happiness, our well-being, and our purpose are all sustained by people working together in meaningful sympathy. Long-time San Diego County resident, Mrs. Charlene Waddell, knows from experience the importance of a healthy community, both in our general well-being and in the spirit of sacrifice. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Her recovery required multiple surgeries that took parts of her colon, her liver, and her entire appendix. She required a lot of blood to survive. Thanks to the San Diego Blood Bank, which is there to help everyone in need of blood, Charlene got the precious blood she needed, and has made a welcome recovery.


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184 GUNS TURNED IN AT SHERIFF’S LEMON GROVE GUN SAFETY EVENT

Source: San Diego Sheriff

March 20, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department teamed up with its law enforcement partners to help get unwanted weapons off our streets through a Gun Safety Event in Lemon Grove on March 4.
 
A total of 184 unwanted firearms were turned in by the public during the event at the First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove.

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CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service
 
March 19, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Are you a fan of cooking or eating delicious chili? Then this announcement is for you! Join the Lemon Grove Lions Club and Lemon Grove Forward Club for a Chili Cook-Off event. If you're confident in your chili-making skills, this is your opportunity to showcase them by participating in their contest. For those who simply love savoring tasty chili, there will be plenty available for sampling! 
 
Join the fun event Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. John of the Cross Parish Hall, located at 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. All proceeds will go toward Lemon Grove Charities. The fun event will feature a chili tasting contest, where you get to help pick the best chili in Lemon Grove, music, cash bar, a raffle and silent auction.

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EAST COUNTY EATER: THE BARN HOUSE BBQ BRINGS KANSAS CITY FLAVOR AND FAMILY FUN TO LEMON GROVE

By Jessyka Heredia

 

March 17, 2024 (Lemon Grove) --Are you looking for that perfect spot to eat that the whole family will love? Look no further than The Barn House BBQ in Lemon Grove’s downtown district that is quickly becoming a foodie destination. The Barn House BBQ offers wonderfully smoked in-house meats and traditional sides, craft beers, wine, craft cocktails and even a game room the whole family will enjoy! Come for the food and stay for the fun.


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SHARP-COLLINS SURPASSES VASQUEZ IN 79TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins
 
March 16, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) – The 79th Assembly district race is still too close to call.  While La Mesa Councilman Colin Parent is still solidly in first place with 39.65% of the vote (21,745 votes). Educator Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins has overtaken Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez to move into second place.
 
Currently Sharp-Collins has 30.27% (16,597 votes), while Vasquez has 30.08% (16,494 votes).

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HAYES OVERTAKES JUZA IN 75TH ASSEMBLY RACE; 79TH DISTRICT NARROWS TO SLIM 183-VOTE MARGIN IN RACE FOR RUNOFF SLOTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Andrew Hayes has moved into 2nd place in 75th Assembly district; LaShae Sharp-Collins has pulled within 183 votes of Racquel Vasquez in the 79th district

March 9, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) – Latest election results released at 5 p.m. this evening show results have flipped in the Assembly district 75—with two Republicans now in the first and second place positions poised to run-off in November, if these positions hold.

Andrew Hayes, a  Lakeside school board member and long-time aide to Senator Brian Jones and Supervisor Joel Anderson, has narrowly pulled ahead of Democrat Kevin Juza, a business consultant. Carl DeMaio, founder of Reform California and conservative talk radio host, remains in first place. Currently DeMaio has 43.21%, Hayes 18.65% and Juza 18.18%. With just 555 votes separating Hayes and Juza, however, this race is still too close to call.  Three lesser-known candidates are trailing far behind.

The race has also tightened in the 79th Assembly District, where three Democrats are vying for the two top slots to advance to the November general election.


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LEMON GROVE IS FIRST CITY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO CALL FOR A CEASEFIRE IN GAZA

By: Jessyka Heredia

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This Article was edited on March 11, 2024 to express the concerns of residents who suffered storm damage and to better show the timeline of events and relationships between council members and Borderlands for Equity. 

March 7, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – Tuesday, the Lemon Grove City Council members were presented a chance to pass a resolution “calling for an immediate, and permanent ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis affecting Gaza and Israel.”


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FLOODING CLOSES LEMON GROVE SHERIFF SUBSTATION TEMPORARILY

 

By Bransen P. Harper

 

March 5, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – On January 22,  immense flooding ripped through San Diego County, devastating many peoples' homes, businesses, vehicles and personal property. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Lemon Grove substation was inundated by floodwaters, which caused heavy damage to the interior of the station. 


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VASQUEZ AND PARENT SPEAK OUT AS EARLY RESULTS SHOW THEM LIKELY HEADED TO RUN-OFF FOR ASSEMBLY RACE

By Jessyka Heredia and Miriam Raftery 

March 6, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) -- La Mesa Councilman Colin Parent and Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez are maintaining their first and and second place positions in the primary race for the 79th Assembly district seat. If their leads hold, the two East County elected official will run-off in the November general election, leaving their current council and mayoral positions to be filled in the November election, since both have terms of office ending after this year.

As of 11:30 p.m. on Election night, Parent has 41.01%, Vasquez 31.53% and Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins, County Office of Education’s community engagement specialist and adjunct professor at SDSU trails close behind with 27.43%. 

As last night’s Lemon Grove City Council meeting adjourned, ECM’s  reporter approached the dais to let Vasquez know she was number two in the early voting numbers so far and asked if she would like to give a statement.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEARS COMPLETION; NEW MULTIFAMILY COMPLEX IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S LEMON GROVE

 

Pre-leasing Underway at Kelvin

 

March 5, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – Construction on Kelvin, a 66-unit contemporary mixed-use community at 7950 Broadway in Lemon Grove, is nearing completion, bringing much needed housing to Lemon Grove, a rapidly growing San Diego County neighborhood.


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LEMON GROVE NATIVE SUPPORTS U.S. NAVY HELICOPTER MARITIME STRIKE SQUADRON

By Megan Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Jennings



March 1, 2024 (Lemon Grove) - Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramiro Perez, a native of Lemon Grove, California, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35.


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GUN BUYBACK EVENT ON MARCH 9

East County News Service
 
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March 4, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is partnering with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego County Probation Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) to get unwanted guns off our streets. 

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DONATE TO ILLUMINATE: HOW YOUR EYEGLASSES CAN LIGHT UP LIVES

East County News Service

 

February 23, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Lions Club is always actively collecting gently used reusable eyeglasses for the Lions Club International Recycle for Sight Program.

 

Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions of people living in low and middle-income areas lack access to basic eye care services. The Lions Club recognizes the urgent need for corrective lenses and collects usable eyeglasses in their communities. The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment, and a better quality of life. 

 


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LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS FILL COUNCIL CHAMBER TO EXPRESS DISSATISFACTION OVER FLOODING RESPONSE

City refuses to put storm drain problems on the agenda

By Jessyka Heredia

 

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February 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove residents showed up at the City Council meeting on February 6 and again on February 20 to deliver public comments voicing disappointment in the city’s response to major losses experienced by many residents and businesses from flooding on January 22.

A group of residents organized a series of clean-ups after the flood, because the city had none planned and residents were afraid if the debris was left to clog the drains further, they might see more damage. The same group created a video showing damage experienced by numerous residents and posted it online. The video shows Chollas Creek filled with palm and eucalyptus trees around the Toyota dealership.


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COUNTY ANNOUNCES RENTER PROTECTIONS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN LEMON GROVE, SPRING VALLEY, CORONADO AND SOME SAN DIEGO ZIP CODES

Source: County News Service

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

February 3, 2023 (San Diego) --  The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 30, 2024, took new actions to help people in communities flooded by the Jan. 22, 2024, torrential rains, including putting into place temporary additional tenant protection measures. The approved ordinance prohibits people who were affected by the floods from being evicted without just cause. The ordinance also restricts certain rent increases on eligible properties from January 22, 2024, to March 30, 2024.

The flood affected areas specified in the ordinance include residential units located in the following ZIP codes: 92102, 92104, 92105, 92111, 92113, 92114, 92115, (San Diego); 91977 (Spring Valley); 91950 (National City);91945 (Lemon Grove); and 92118 (Coronado).


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LEMON GROVE MAN DEAD AFTER FREEWAY SHOOTING AND CRASH IN EL CAJON

East County News Service 

January 31, 2024 (El Cajon) – A 20-year-old Lemon Grove man was shot and killed last night around 8:35 p.m. after exiting his vehicle, which had crashed and gone down an embankment off I-8 in El Cajon.


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DRIVER HITS ROAD DEBRIS DURING STORM THEN STRIKES POLE; DIES AT SCENE

By Jessyka Heredia

 

January 27, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Monday’s storm claimed the life of a motorist, Harold James Hooker, 67, in Lemon Grove.

He was driving a Honda CRV sport utility vehicle (SUV) southbound on Lemon Grove Avenue around 5:30 p.m. when he struck a large piece of concrete debris on the roadway during the storm. His vehicle traveled up an embankment and struck a utility pole.


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EAST COUNTY EATER FINDS HIDDEN GEM AT LEMON GROVE BISTRO

By Jessyka Heredia

 

January 23, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – The age-old question always comes up: what do you want for dinner? Look no further than Lemon Grove Bistro located at 3308 Main Street in what used to be the cherished Sonka’s General Store in 1944 and the Lemon Grove Pastry Shop of years past.


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LEMON GROVE GARDEN AND NATURE CLUB HOSTS PLANT SWAP

By: Jessyka Heredia

January 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Garden and Nature Clubs monthly plant swap is taking place at Treganza Park in Lemon Grove on Saturday January 27, 2024.This free event goes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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GROOVIN IN THE GROVE BAND OPEN MIC EVENT

By: Jessyka Heredia

 

January 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) — Lemon Grove Happenings in collaboration with Elevated Coffee, and the Musicians Club of San Diego are hosting ‘Groovin’ in the Grove’, a band open mic event at Elevated Coffee Sunday January 28, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.


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CITY OF LEMON GROVE LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN

 

By: Jessyka Heredia

 

January 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove announced last week that it received a planning grant for the Lemon Grove Rezoning & Downtown Specific Plan Expansion (DSPE) Project. under SANDAG’s Housing Acceleration Program for Projects. The amount awarded was $300,000 in grant funds with a $33,500 (10%) in-kind match for a total project cost of $333,500.


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STORM WREAKS HAVOC ACROSS REGION

By Miriam Raftery

Updated January 23, 2024 to include city and county of San Diego declaring an emergency

January 22, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) – Heavy rains during today’s storm caused widespread flooding, road closures, power outages, and inundation of vehicles and structures including an East County school. Flooding also prompted numerous rescues including motorists trapped in vehicles in Spring Valley and Lemon Grove, as well as homeless people stranded by rising waters along the San Diego River in Santee.

Richard Attaway took dramatic  photos  (left) of Mission Gorge Road in Santee just east of  Carlton Hills Boulevard, where he said “there are homeless clinging on trees for their lives in the river bed.” One video showed a woman stranded on an island surrounded by swift-flowing currents. Numerous emergency crews were on hand and at least one person was rescued from the floodwaters.


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MENDOZA ORDERED TO PAY $32,000 IN LEGAL FEES AFTER LOSING ANTI-SLAPP SUIT AWARDED TO LEBARON

By Jessyka Heredia

 

January 5, 2023 (Lemon Grove) – Tuesday during a hearing over Zoom, Superior Court Judge Peter A. Lynch ruled that Lemon Grove Councilmember Jennifer Mendoza must pay fellow Councilmember Liana LeBaron’s $32,000 in legal fees from an anti SLAPP suit filed by LeBaron.


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BLOOD DRIVES IN SANTEE AND LEMON GROVE

 

December 27,2023 (East County) -- The San Diego Blood Bank will hold blood drives in January in Lemon Grove and Santee:


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LEMON GROVE CITY EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A 3% RAISE; CITY MANAGER RECEIVES 5.5%

 

By: Jessyka Heredia

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December 22, 2023 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove’s City Council on Tuesday voted 3-0 (with Councilmembers Liana LeBaron and George Gastil both absent) for a 3% raise for all non-contracted employees. The Council also approved an amendment for a 3% increase to the City Managers pay, a half percent increase above what her contract states as well as an additional 2.5 making a total of 5.5% increase.


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LEMON GROVE TOY DRIVE STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS

By: Jessyka Heredia

 

December 15, 2023 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Toy Drive is on its fourth year of providing free toys to Lemon Grove kids. Kids Fashion Week Network’s (KFWN) annual Toy Drive and Giveaway has become a staple in the community of Lemon Grove. Last year over 700 toys were collected at local businesses throughout Lemon Grove and were later distributed to residents at a festive holiday giveaway. 


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LEMON GROVE IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL RECEIVES 100 SLEEPING BAG COATS FROM THE LUCKY DUCK FOUNDATION

By: Jessyka Heredia

 

December 12, 2023 (Lemon Grove)—Back in October, founding member of the Lemon Grove Improvement Council (LGIC) Teresa Rosiak received 100 sleeping bags that convert into warm coats for the unsheltered. Rosiak has already distributed over 75 of them directly to the homeless in Lemon Grove during her group’s weekly volunteer outreach.


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