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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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November 8, 2016California General Election

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Project Manager
2,145 votes (14.96%)
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  • Maintain a balanced budget with proper reserves
  • Promote greater transparency in governance
  • Build bridges not barriers to government services
Profession:Housing Director
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CITY OF LEMON GROVE
Member of the City Council

JERRY SELBY
Project Manager

Jerry is an experienced leader who gets things done.

Jerry knows that Lemon Grove is a great place to live and is dedicated to enhancing our quality of life. He is committed to keeping our town safe, paving our streets, the security and maintenance of our parks, and a walkable community that promotes walking and biking and access for all.

Jerry's leadership on City Council helped guide the City through the tough times of the great recession. He understands that economic growth and a vibrant business community are the means to the things we all want, security, jobs, paved streets, more sidewalks, and expanded recreational opportunities.

Jerry bought the home where he and his wife raised their three girls in 1988. He's a member of the Lions Club, United States Soccer Federation, US Field Hockey and US Lacrosse. He serves on the Cal South Soccer Foundation Board of Directors.

Jerry is an SDSU alumnus with a BA in Public Administration and Masters in City Planning. Jerry served on Lemon Grove's Planning Commission for three years and the City Council for six years, He currently serves on Lemon Grove's Redevelopment Oversight Committee and the School District's Bond Oversight Committee.

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Small Business Consultant
1,126 votes (7.85%)
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  • Increase business development and promote job opportunities for the residents of the City of Lemon Grove.
  • Foster and promote smart growth initiatives.
  • Initiate a Facade Improvement Plan for building owners, promoting a uniform look and feel of store front property.
Profession:Businesswoman, president and owner of a local small business.
Equal Employment Opportunity Administrator, Centre City Development Corporation (20072012)
Board of Director, Hennepin County Human Resources Department — Appointed position (20002007)
Civil Rights Commissioner, Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights — Appointed position (20032006)
Board of Director, Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority — Appointed position (20032006)
Nova Southeastern University Ph.D candidate, Peace Studies (2014)
Concordia University MA, Organizational Management (2006)
National American University BS, Business Administration (2004)
President, Thrive Lemon Grove (2015current)
Member, Rady Children's Hospital - South East Cluster Unit - Auxiliary (2015current)

I have always been a long-standing and active member of the community which I previously lived from 1980-2006 (Minneapolis, MN). While there, I held many civic leadership positions - vice-president, board of director, and chairperson, and received an award for my outstanding civic engagement.  Currently, I am the president of Thrive Lemon Grove, (TLG), a grassroots community organization, started in 2013, focused on improving the neighborhoods, public safety, health, and economy of Lemon Grove.  TLG’s aim is to provide a voice for the Lemon Grove community. Our goal is to work with elected officials and community organizations to bring a full spectrum of improvements to the City with the best climate on earth. These include adding vibrancy to the local economy, encouraging community involvement, supporting healthy initiatives to improve the lives of our residents, and supporting the revitalization of our aging neighborhoods.

 I am the president and owner of Strategic Business Solutions, a woman – minority owned small business, established since 2012. Our focus is to strategically assist small businesses of any industry put action plans in place to maintain compliance with State of California labor laws and codes on municipal public works projects.  Our team’s interdisciplinary approach and extensive experience in labor compliance, prevailing wage and certified payroll monitoring on public works projects has equipped us with the diverse skill set needed to address the many issues affecting the provisions of labor compliance in San Diego on public works projects.  We provide hands-on educational symposiums on topics such as Labor Compliance and Prevailing Wage, empowering businesses on how to reduce liability and increase profitability on public works projects. Our workshops are broadcasted via Webinar to allow for remote and on-site participation.

 

 

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Lemon Grove, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Charlene McAdory:

The City of Lemon Grove is facing strategic growth challenges.  Its Downtown Village Site Plan was introduced to residents at a town hall forum back in August 2016.  Major plan is underway that will promote the future vision for Lemon Grove. Due to the small town, sense of community atmosphere of Lemon Grove, some long-term residents do not want to see change. However, some of the areas of desired improvements include better streets, making the town more walkable; and improved perception of the City, which includes a cleaner, safer Lemon Grove. The expansion will lead to a collection of new businesses, Smart Growth (housing projects), Place Making (redesigning open space) that is just the proverbial start of the action. Though it may seem impossible, the activity will only pick up, as a batch of high-profile developments are in the homestretch. The challenge becomes attracting tenants in industries such as law firms, tech, entertainment, restaurants, media and fashion to ground-floor housing units.   

According to some residents, they view the change as overcrowding, more traffic jams, rather looking at the long-term benefits to increase revenue for the city.  The city contracted with Rick Engineering who announced at the August 2016 meeting that input from residents is vital to the future development of the DVSP.  The challenge I see is that residents generally don’t come out to meetings in large masses to offer their input which has the potential to help shape the site plan and mix of uses new development will likely contain, 

 

If elected, I would continue fostering the notion that the DVSP will bring in revenue and improve the look and feel of Lemon Grove.  Promote the possibility of encouraging the city’s engineering department to create, design and place a model of the city on display at city hall so the residents can appreciate and approach the concept of what a new DVSP would look from a visual prospective. 

During this time of the election process candidates across the country are wearing a political mask. Despite lip-syncing, their points come across quite nicely, or we see hundreds or thousands of protesters in the streets screaming and fighting disrupting businesses.

When does politics become toxic? In my view, toxicity arise in response to problems and the political boundaries between them have whatever rationale they possess to the degree that different problems are or can be facilitated separately from one another.

Tasteful politics is a tradeoff between positive and negative candidates, which means that "trying new things" is not merely a well-worn cliché but an urgent moral imperative.  It is behavior or practices that has taken root in the last 20 years.  Whatever happen to the type of sit down debate that facilitated a different kind of candidate conversation.

Political philosophy consists of systematic reflection about the nature and purpose of one’s political life.  In college, I did not major in political science which forms part of the larger social and economic enterprise that has to do, not with our special relationships to others, but with the shape our political social life should have as a whole. 

 

I disagree and agree with people all of the time, and my disagreements or theirs extends from our material and status interest in our very own ideas of what is right or good for the voters we serve.  One fact I want to underscore is that an important element of political philosophy is that it is only an expression of one’s specific commitments, and the truth must indeed be the characteristic problems of political life, including the prevalence of moral disagreement.  

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Employment Litigation Consultant
3,156 votes (22.01%)Winning
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  • Increase community involvement and help build community engagement among residents.
  • Improve infrastructure including more sidewalks, improved roads and re-open recreational center.
  • Increase law enforcement presence to ensure safer neighborhoods and deter crime.
Profession:Litigation Consultant
California Western School of Law Law Degree (current)
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Business Degree (current)

Father of 3 wonderful children (one of whom is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard). U.S. Marine Corps veteran with business and law degrees.  Currently working as a Litigation Consultant at a plaintiff-only law firm. Serving on UCSD Chancellor Community Advisory Board, Executive Leadership Team Member. 

  • Heartland Firefighters of Lemon Grove, Local 2728
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County
  • Hon. Mary Sessom, Lemon Grove Mayor
  • Hon. Jennifer Mendoza, Lemon Grove City Council
  • Hon. Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District Board
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Sierra Club San Diego
  • Spring Valley-Lemon Grove Democratic Club
  • San Diego Unity League
  • Communications Workers of America, Local 9509
  • San Diego Sheet Metal Workers, Local 206
  • San Diego County's Building Trades Unions
  • Emilio Huerta, Candidate for Congress (21st District of the State of California)
  • Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist
  • Francine Busby, Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
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CITY OF LEMON GROVE
Member of the City Council

DAVID ARAMBULA
Litigation Consultant

David Arambula is a veteran of the Marine Corps, proud father of three wonderful children (one of whom is currenlty serving in the Coast Guard). After serving our country honorably. David attended undergraduate, graduate (business) and law school.

David has been a strong advocate for working people for many years and he firmly believes in working together to find solutions to common issues in the community. David serves on the executive team of the UCSD Chancellor's Community Advisory Board and currently works as Litigation Consultant for a law firm that focuses on workers' rights.

David believes Lemon Grove residents deserve a city government that actively seeks input from residents and businesses, identifies relevant issues and takes the steps necessary to address the residents' concerns in a timely manner. Placing people before politics and getting results is David's motto.

As a member of the City Council team, David will focus on protecting our families and ensuring safe neighborhoods; constructing/repairing sidewalks, streets and other infrastructure; creating partnerships with new and existing businesses to rebuild downtown and create more local jobs; revitalizing Lemon Grove.

Together, we can build a prosperous Lemon Grove. Thank you for your vote!

David Arambula

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Small Business Owner
2,136 votes (14.89%)
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  • Economic redevelopment
  • Public safety
  • Community solidarity and quality of life
Profession:Small Business Owner
Assistant/Acting General Manager, Westfield America (North County Shopping Center), Escondido, CA (20062008)
Director of Facility Operations, San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, San Diego, CA (20032006)
Unified Port District Liaison, San Diego Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) — Elected position (20042006)
Pre-Design Building Subcommittee Member, San Diego Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) — Elected position (20042006)
Chairman, The City of El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission — Appointed position (20012005)
Development Operations Manager, San Diego Opera, San Diego, CA (19982000)
Treasurer, La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation — Appointed position (19941997)
Facilities/Telecommunications Manager, Cox Communications, San Diego, CA (19871996)
Captain (Airborne/Ranger Qualified), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (19811986)
National University, San Diego, CA Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Financial Management (1992)
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Bachelor of Arts (BA), 1. Psychology 2. Biblical Studies (1982)
President/Board Member, Humanist Fellowship of San Diego (20082012)
Volunteer, Habitat For Humanity & Feed America San Diego (20092012)
Volunteer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (4S Ranch Branch) (20062009)
Member, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido, CA (20062009)
President,, TeleCommunications Association, Greater San Diego Chapter (19961997)

I enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed a tour of Vietnam in 1971 – 72.  After my enlistment was up, I worked with my hands in the construction trades for a number of years before starting on a college degree at a community college in Florida and then transferring to Wheaton College.  I was the Cadet Commander and Honors Graduate of my ROTC unit at Wheaton.  After graduation, I accepted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.  Before leaving the Army, I had successfully completed a Company Command at the rank of Captain.

 I have held management positons with a number of large organizations such as the Marine Corps, Army Corps of Engineers, Cox Communications, Westfield America, and smaller ones such as the San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, and the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.  While working at the same time to keep food on the table, I earned BA degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies and an MBA in Financial Management.  Now I am a co-owner of a small business in downtown Lemon Grove.

 I have served on numerous boards and committees.  While working in downtown San Diego, I was elected to the Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) and while on the Committee, served as the Chair of its Arts & Culture subcommittee, liaison to the Unified Port District of San Diego, and was a member of the CCAC’s Pre-Design Subcommittee for building projects in the downtown area. 

 In addition, I was the Chair of the El Cajon Arts & Culture Commission, Treasurer of the La Mesa – Spring Valley Education Foundation, President of the Greater San Diego chapter of the TeleCommunications Association (TCA), President/Board Member of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, a member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.

1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Lemon Grove, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Michael E. Summers:

The most significant challenge facing the City of Lemon Grove at this time is Economic Redevelopment.

Economic redevelopment is a complex undertaking that has many interrelated parts:  city government, local business leaders, local developers, and last, but not least, taxpayers.  All have a significant part to play in the process of re-imagining the local community.

Since the demise of Redevelopment Agencies in 2012, many small cities are hard-pressed to find monies to attract investment dollars.   Prior law allowed cities to cap and divert property tax revenue to a RDA and use those funds to stimulate development within that particular area. Now, Lemon Grove is particularly hard-pressed in that we are bordered by cities which have undergone significant redevelopment or which have large commercial development already in place.  Specifically, College Grove shopping center (San Diego) to the west, La Mesa (and Santee) to the north, and El Cajon to the west.

Lemon Grove lacks large tracts of undeveloped property which local developers would find attractive for economic investment.  In addition, the city does not have a vast reserve of uncommitted money that can be used to buy existing properties for redevelopment in order to stimulate private commercial ventures.

On top of that, I believe Lemon Grove has an image problem.  The city looks tired and run-down.  It’s south of Hwy-94, which places on the middle-to-lower rung of the economic revenue ladder.  Roads and infrastructure appear to be crumbling faster than they can be repaired.

So, under these circumstances, who would be willing to invest their limited dollars here in Lemon Grove?  Even local business owners, homeowners, and other citizens are not willing to suffer through more taxation when they believe city roads and infrastructure suffering.  In the short term, taxpayers have other priorities. 

And to be clear, there are no short term, or easy, solutions.  If there were, someone would have implemented them by now.  Believing one has found the answer presupposes that the current Mayor, City Council, and staff have not risen to the challenge or, more generously, have overlooked such possibilities due to the exigencies of office.

I am convinced that they have set the city on the path to regeneration.    In our particular circumstances, the road to economic redevelopment is paved with good intentions… and with the SanDAG seed money for Connect Main Street and the Downtown Village Specific Plan Expansion.  This could be the humble beginning of the Lemon Grove renaissance for which we have been hoping.   A renaissance that leads to a revitalization of our local businesses and a higher quality of life for our citizens… and the tax revenues that make both possible.

Where do I fit in?  I don’t presume to have The Answers yet.  However, I do have the desire, the passion, the experience, and the vision to be a leader in this process.  And I can draw upon a lifetime of leadership in both the private and public sectors and a track record of accomplishments to bring to the City Council.

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CITY OF LEMON GROVE
City Council

MICHAEL E. SUMMERS
Business Owner, Community Volunteer, Father

As co-owner of a small business in downtown Lemon Grove, Michael Summers is dedicated to ensuring Lemon Grove remains a business-friendly city, focused on providing streamlined services to, and improving public safety for, its residents.

A great city like Lemon Grove deserves leaders who serve from the heart.

A Vietnam veteran with the United States Marine Corps, Michael understands what it means to serve others, and throughout his life he has worked to better his community.

Michael has served numerous, local non-profits over the years, including positions as President of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, President of the Greater San Diego Telecommunications Association, Chairman of the El Cajon Arts & Culture Commission, and Treasurer for the La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation.

Michael has also worked in various management positions over the years, with companies such as Cox Communications and Westfield America.

Michael graduated from Wheaton College with BA's in Psychology and Biblical Studies, and earned an MBA in financial management from National University. He is married and the father of three wonderful, young ladies: Brittany, Laura, and Amanda; and is step-father to Carolina and Benjamin.

Bring a new leader to Lemon Grove. Elect Michael Summers.

Email michael@mesummers.com
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Operations Manager
3,026 votes (21.1%)Winning
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CITY OF LEMON GROVE
Member of the City Council

MATT MENDOZA
Operations Manager

Born and raised in Lemon Grove, I know what is important because, like you, I live here. I attended local schools, met my future wife at an east county church, and have had my home in Lemon Grove for 31 years.

Living in Lemon Grove all my life, I know my neighbors and have talked with many people and no matter what nationality they are or if they are Democrat, Republican or Independent, it all seems to come down to these four basic desires we are all looking for. A Clean city, decent local business, good paying jobs, and a safe place for our families to live are what Lemon Grove residents want.

Being business friendly will encourage companies to locate to Lemon Grove, which will create more jobs for our residents, and will make Lemon Grove a thriving community again.

As Manager of Operations for a multibillion-dollar company, my 37 years of aerospace experience in problem solving and leadership is what sets me apart for you. Creating a team to meet goals is my job. Whether departments, companies, government agencies or the military, bringing them together to meet a deadline, all within budget, is what I do.

www.MendozaForLemonGrove.com

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Respiratory Care Practitioner
622 votes (4.34%)
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Steve Browne

Business Owner
2,131 votes (14.86%)
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CITY OF LEMON GROVE
Member of the City Council

STEVE BROWNE
Business Owner

Steve Browne is a dedicated community leader and business man with deep connections and roots in the community. He, and wife Maria, are raising a family in the home they own here and has run the family business here for 30 years.

Steve's community service and volunteer work includes 22 years as Youth Director of St John of the Cross and Chair of the Annual Meal Programs for Seniors. He has participated in Clean Up Lemon Grove events and was a committee member on the Downtown Redevelopment Committee (2001) and Street Improvement Task Force (2013).

Steve, like most of us, is concerned about the safety of our businesses, parks and neighborhoods. he is dedicated to increased citizen involvement, positive youth programs, effective use of law enforcement resources, and a healthy business environment that attracts and retains the businesses we all want.

"Through my connection to the community, in business and volunteer work, I bring an understanding of the community's wants and desires. If elected, I bring 30 years of business experience that effective government desperately needs and an understanding of how to get things done. We will work together to make Lemon Grove a better place."

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