Lemon Grove

LEMON GROVE KICKS OFF SUMMER ACTIVITIES WITH A COMMUNITY BBQ: CITY ALSO OFFERS FREE LUNCHES FOR KIDS AND TEENS ALL SUMMER LONG

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove residents are invited to the 2018 Lemon Grove Summer Kick Off Event and Community BBQ on Monday, June 11 from 3-5 p.m. at Lemon Grove Recreation Center (3131 School Lane.).

Kick off your summer in style with friends and family and enjoy live music from DJ BodyRawk, participate in activities at the Recreation Center, win prizes and learn about fun summer programs and events for kids in Lemon Grove. A free BBQ meal will be provided to every guest.

LEMON GROVE NATIVE SERVES WITH NAVY STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON

 

By Kayla Turnbow, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Miller

May 31, 2018 (Lemoore, Calif.) - A 2003 Mount Miguel High School graduate and Lemon Grove, California, native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.

AMERICAN HISTORY FILM NIGHT CONCLUDES MAY 30 AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY

 

 

East County News Service

May 28, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove Historical Society is screening the fourth and final episode of "American History: Secrets of the Dead" on May 30 at 6 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

The society’s president, Helen Ofield, says of the film, “’The 14th and 15th Colonies’will cap our journey back in time to relearn what we thought we knew about our country. Take Episode Three, ‘The British are Coming.’ Devastating. After a gifted Mandingo child, Francisco Menendez, grew up to be a multilingual leader of the only free Black settlement in America (among the Spanish of La Florida), and survive multiple enslavements, the marauding Brits laid waste St. Augustine, driving Menendez to load his people into open boats and row across the ocean, where they vanished forever. Some audience members were in tears at the loss of this unknown community in our history, and the loss of an unbelievably courageous man.

The public is invited to viewthe last episode and applaud Jesus Benayas, president, House of Spain, who brought the series to the library.

BRUSH FIRE IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Update 8:45 p.m.:   Heartland Fire and Rescue indicates the fire started in palm trees at the Lemon Grove Trolley station and spread along trolley tracks, briefly threatening about 20 homes.  The fire damaged power lines and railroad ties for the trolley, so the trolley remains shut down. There was also minor damage to eaves of some homes and a fence. Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sheriff's Bomb and Arson squad.

Heartland Fire & Rescue units from Lemon Grove and La Mesa responded, with assistance from San Diego Fire, San Miguel Fire, and Cal Fire/SDSO to swiftly stop the blaze.

May 27, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- A brush fire in Lemon Grove has charred about two acres, but Heartland firefighters have halted the forward spread.

The fire was reported in palm trees shortly after 5 p.m. in the 1500 block of San Altos Place. It jumped Imperial Avenue and according to CBS 8, briefly threatened structures on Angelus Avenue.

12.7% OF COUNTY’S HOMELESS ARE IN EAST COUNTY, WHERE MOST REMAIN UNSHELTERED

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The 2018 Point in Time “We All Count” report on homelessness in our region reveals that 12.7% of San Diego County’s homeless population is in East County.  While El Cajon has made progress toward sheltering its homeless people, no such progress has been made in the unincorporated areas or most East County cities.

DISPENSARY APPLICANT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNCILMAN ARAMBULA AND CITY OF LEMON GROVE OVER ASSAULT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Christopher Williams has filed a lawsuit against Lemon Grove Councilman David Arambula alleging that during a meeting at Arambula’s home on July 15, 2017  to discuss Williams’ applications for marijuana dispensaries, Arambula assaulted and injured Williams. 

The suit also names the city of Lemon Grove, claiming the city knew that Arambula conducted city business outside of city hall and “could be physically violent toward members of the public while he conducted official city business but never took any action to prevent him from acting in such a manner.” 

PASSAGES: JOYCE DUNE, RETIRED TEACHER (JULY 12, 1932-MAY 4, 2018)

 
 
By Greg Dunne

 

May 12, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Joyce Elizabeth Dunne, who taught school for many years in La Mesa and Lemon Grove schools, passed away on FridayMay 4th in Waco, Texas with her daughter Shannon at her side.  Beloved by all who knew her, she will live in our hearts forever.  She is survived by her brother: Donnie, four children: Greg, Grant, Guy and Shannon, and her six Grandchildren.

 

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT BLOCKED IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Lemon Grove Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Jones

May 8, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove's downtown redevelopment climate dampened last week, as the City Council blocked a plan to allow four and five story buildings throughout downtown. The infill plan for redevelopment passed on April 17, by a 4-1 vote. But it failed upon second reading on May 1, by a 3-2 vote.

ART DAYS: FAMILY ART FESTIVAL MAY 19 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

April 30, 2018 (Lemon Grove) - San Diego County Library’s Lemon Grove branch is partnering with the City of Lemon Grove for the second  annual Art Days: Family Art Festival. The event takes place in front of the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane) on May 19 from 1-3 p.m.  The highlight will be an engaging community art project, led by local artist Ben DeHart. Art Days allows the community to get creative and participate in a variety of explorative art options, including button making and painting.

PASSAGES: DOROTHY “DOLLY” NOTTINGHAM, DEAD AT 94

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 26, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Dorothy “Dolly” Nottingham, 94, was the first president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, drafter of its bylaws, writer of its oral history guidelines and, with her late husband Lee Nottingham, a founding member.

LEMON GROVE REJECTS CLAIMS OVER POTHOLES AND BUCKLED SIDEWALKS



By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove’s City Council on Tuesday voted to reject, per staff recommendation, liability claims submitted by three separate individuals plus a lawsuit filed, all claiming injury or harm due to allegedly poorly maintained city streets and/or sidewalks.

ARRIBA! LEMON GROVE LIONS HOSTS SALSA Y SALSA FIESTA MAY 11

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Lions Club invites you to enjoy salsa tasting plus salsa dancing, Mexican food, music and prizes at their annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta. The festivities will be held on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit service projects including support for the Lemon Grove Little League, Girls On The Run at Lemon Grove Schools,  sponsorships to send kids to camp, and the Lion's International Disaster Fund. 

LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES MAY EVENT SERIES

 

Source:  Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 13, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society will host a series of free, entertaining, and informative events in Lemon Grove during May including film night, an author booksigning, a Holocaust survivor, a family business recognition, and Parsonage Museum tours.

GIARDINO ADDS CHEESE WHEELS AND COCKTAILS

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Giardino Neighborhood Cucina in Lemon Grove has just started serving cocktails and created a new menu to launch them.

A few standouts include the Caprese Bloody Mary garnished with an actual caprese skewer, the Pesto Michelada with beer, clamato juice, pesto and lime, a Limoncello Mojito and an Italian Spritzer with vodka, champagne, fresh strawberry and orange juice.

POLICE CHASE OF SUSPECT IN STOLEN CAR ENDS WITH ARREST IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 10, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – A suspect who led police onto a high-speed chase from La Mesa to Lemon Grove was arrested late last night, following a manhunt in which he was located hiding in a family’s garage.

La Mesa Police tried to pull over a reportedly stolen Honda Civic shortly after 11 p.m., but the driver sped off.  He led police on a chase at up to 100 miles per hour with a route that included I-8 west, State Route 125 and eastbound State Route 94, 10 News reports.

LA MESA GREEN LIGHTS, LEMON GROVE RED LIGHTS DISPENSARY APPLICATIONS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Angeles Nelson (left) opposed the dispensary in Lemon Grove, while Kathleen Harmon (right) supported it

April 4, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- La Mesa will have its first legal medical marijuana dispensary, after a unanimous vote of approval by the City Council on March 27. An appeal challenging the approval was rejected.

By contrast, the Lemon Grove City Council voted to deny an application for a dispensary due to proximity to a daycare center.  No dispensaries have yet opened in Lemon Grove though at least two have met zoning requirements and are now advancing through the conditional use permit process.

 

Both Councils took the actions recommended by staff in implementing laws established by voter-approved initiatives. At issue in each is the date of completion.

CRITICISM MOUNTS OF ARAMBULA AND LEMON GROVE LEADERS AFTER DISCLOSURE OF ASSAULT CLAIM BY DISPENSARY ADVOCATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Christopher Williams, the medical marijuana dispensary advocate who has filed a claim against Lemon Grove detailed an alleged assault by Councilman David Arambula, is speaking out to dispute Arambula’s self-defense claim.

Williams also contends that city staff stalled his applications for multiple dispensaries by claiming not to have received results of a Department of Justice screening of all applicants, when e-mails from the DOJ indicate the results were sent to the city earlier.

Arambula is also drawing criticism from current and former councilmembers for failing to disclose the scuffle that sent Williams to a hospital for treatment of significant injuries including a fractured rib, gash on his face and bite marks on his arm. Mayor Racquel Vasquez is named as a potential witness in Williams claim, along with Taisha Brown, a Democratic Party activist, but both have declined to speak with media.  Some members of the council contend they were kept in the dark by Arambula and Vasquez about the violent altercation even when voting on dispensary applications submitted by Williams for Pick Axe Holdings, LLC.

LEMON GROVE SETTLES SUIT ALLEGING RETALIATION AND FREE SPEECH VIOLATIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 31 with Councilman Jones' comments.

March 26, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Last week, many Lemon Grove residents were surprised to hear a citizen speaking during public comment at a City Council meeting reveal that the city had settled a case  filed by a former contracted city worker.  The worker alleged that Councilman Jerry Jones and City Manager Lydia Romero violated his free speech rights and retaliated against him for comments he’d posted on social media criticizing Jones.

East County Magazine has obtained a copy of the settlement and release agreement from the city in response to a public records request.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

 

By Mary England, Councilmember 2000-2012 retired

March 25, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- It seems that several of the current Lemon Grove Council members and the City Manager do not believe in “leading by example.”  The recent lawsuits, one that was settled for thousands and thousands of dollars, as well as the recent one just filed against a Councilmember and the City, with the Mayor being a person of interest, will undoubtedly cost more money.

THERE'S STLL TIME TO RSVP! EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB MARCH 29 AT GIARDINO IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

 

March 14, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- You're invited to join East County Magazine and members of our East County DIning Club at Giardino Neighborhood Cucino (8131 Broadway in Lemon Grove) on Thursday, March 29.  This is a deliciously authentic Italian restaurant with a chef from Sicily who formerly worked in the Gaslamp! 

When:  Thursday, March 29. Dinner starts at 6:30, or arrive early at 5:30 for a no-host cocktail mixer to mingle and meet new friends.

Cost: $42 includes appetizers (eggplant rolls, calamaria ftirri with pomodoro sauce/chipiotle aioli),entree  (see choices below), dessert (limconcello cheesecake or tiramisu), tax and tip

RSVP: March 25 deadline: (619)698-7617 or editor@eastcountymagazine.org   Include your entrée choice: Cod Picatta  in lemon/capers/butter sauce, Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti, Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Sauce, Lasagna, or Penne Primavera with seasonal vegetables.

LEMON GROVE COUNCIL HEARS UPDATES ON CRIME AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIMES, COMPLAINTS OVER CASES AGAINST COUNCILMEMBERS

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

March 22, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Crime rates, emergency response times, and controversies involving Council members embroiled in multilpe claims against the City were among the issues raised during Tuesday’s Lemon Grove City Council meeting.

LEMON GROVE COUNCILMAN DISPUTES ASSAULT CLAIM, SAYS HE ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE

 

Updated March 17. 2018 with photos of Williams' injuries and quote from his wife, courtesy of Candid Chronicle.

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Last week, the San Diego Reader published an article revealing that a claim has been filed against the City of Lemon Grove by Christopher Williams.  Williams, who has applied to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, seeks punitive damages and medical costs resulting from what he alleges was an assault by Councilman David Arambula. Now Councilman Matt Mendoza is calling for an investigation.

REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: APRIL 7 IN LEMON GROVE

 

“I may not get there with you.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one day before his assassination in Memphis.

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society president

March 11, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society will continue its Remembrance Project on Apr. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MARTIN LUTHER CHOIR PERFORMS IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEB. 17 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield

February 12, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – What makes the Martin Luther King Choir so fantastic? Join us and find out on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, when artistic director Ken Anderson brings his choir of superb singers, the fabled Martin Luther King Jr. Choir, to the community room for a free performance in celebration of Black History Month.

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL MENU AT GIARDINO’S IN LEMON GROVE INCLUDES LOBSTER RAVIOLI, STRAWBERRY SALAD AND MORE

 

East County Magazine

February 8, 2018 (Lemon Grove)—Giardino’s Neighborhood Cucina, a charming and cozy Italian restaurant drawing acclaim since its recent opening in Lemon Grove, is serving up some sumptuous specials for Valentine’s Day.

MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION HONORS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

 

By Maridian Broadus

Photo, left:  Honoree Alan Cabrera, Jane Elliott, Rev. Shane Harris, Honoree BAPC State President Dr. William Blair

January 31, 2018 (Lemon Grove) — “Where are we 50 years later?” That is the question posed by Reverend Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network in San Diego, and by keynote speaker, educator and anti-racism activist Jane Elliott at the Martin Luther King Jr. 88th birthday celebration held on Friday, January 19th at Lemon Grove Community Church. NAN is a social justice organization that advocates on behalf of minorities and the disenfranchised. The celebration paid homage to Dr. King and honored local civil rights activists.

MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION IN LEMON GROVE JANUARY 19 TO HIGHLIGHT CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

 

NAN is also organizing a “100 ministers and the people” march Jan. 15

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – National Action Network (NAN) San Diego announces two events in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Where are we 50 years later?”  a celebration honoring civil rights leaders will be held on January 19 at the Lemon Grove Community Church “the Lagoon”, 3122 Main Street in Lemon Grove.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start.  The event will feature guest speaker Jane Elliott, an anti-racism activist who will discuss her historic brown eyes-blue eyes exercise. Honorees will include BAPAC State President Dr. William Blair, Dr. Cheryl Morrow of the San Diego Monitor newspaper, Alan Cabrera of Ideas Cabrera, and Raymond Wiley, a 67-year-old African-American man who has contended he was racially profiled by a San Diego police officer in 2017.

For tickets ($15), visit http://www.nansd.net/janeelliottevent.

LEMON GROVE PLANNING COMMISSION REINSTATEMENT TABLED TO FEBRUARY 20

 

By Jonathan Goetz

January 17, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – On Tuesday, Lemon Grove City Attorney Jim Lough presented to Council Ordinance changes for the Municipal Code that the Council chose to table.  Council wanted more time to review it and compare differences between the new verbiage and the old verbiage.  Lough is expected to bring it back for a vote Tuesday, February 20.

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