Lemon Grove Stories

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Deputies make 53 arrests by checking names of scofflaw transit riders

Sheriff's deputies and transit police swarmed a trolley stop in Lemon Grove on Friday evening, July 11, contacting 3330 people and arresting 53. According to Lt. Chris May, the sweep, dubbed "Operation Lemon Drop," was ...

All Things BBQ: Coop's West Texas Barbecue

In Lemon Grove, the pitmaster's got a crutch. (Hint: that's a good thing.)

It’s evident in the first bite from Coop’s West Texas Barbecue (2625 Lemon Grove Avenue, Lemon Grove). You can taste the crutch. The Texas crutch, that is. The crutch, an aluminum foil wrap applied to ...

All Things BBQ: Barnes BBQ

At a Lemon Grove restaurant, looking at the shared history of soul food, barbecue, and African-American cooks.

Home Depot accused of hatching plot to fire gay employees

Home Depot illegally embarked on a cost-cutting campaign during the economic downturn in 2008 that involved firing all of its gay male employees, a former worker at the company’s Lemon Grove location claims in court. ...

Strip club raided in Lemon Grove

Business accused of facilitating drug sales, prostitution

Sheriff's deputies last night (August 22) conducted a raid at Little Darlings Gentlemen's Club on Broadway in Lemon Grove, which resulted in the arrest of three employees. Local residents have long complained of prostitution, illegal ...

Lemon Grove recycler works on gift for EDCO

Piñata made from receipts

During the public-comment portion of La Mesa City Council meetings, people may speak for three minutes on any non-agenda item. At the June 11 meeting, a woman wearing a button with the message, "I [heart] ...

Lemon Grove: Maxi Dresses vs. Skinny jeans

I found Lindbergh Field customer service employee Laurice Richie grocery shopping at Food for Less in Lemon Grove (I am on a serious budget).The 19-year-old wore a pale pink maxi dress from Foreign Exchange and ...

Lemon Grove Abates Fire with Goats

One-hundred and fifty goats took to the streets of Downtown Lemon Grove Tuesday morning, doing their part in a unique fire-abatement program. In association with Heartland Fire & Rescue and Environmental Land Management, the company ...

Smoking Zone: Coop's West Texas Barbecue

Coop’s is the new barbecue with the buzz. Since opening last October, it’s already garnered one major huzzah (Candice Woo in San Diego Magazine’s “best restaurants” issue for best barbecue). On Yelp, it’s incited an ...

Big Problems for Little Lemon Grove

Above the ripe yellow citrus pictured on Lemon Grove’s city seal, inscribed in the swash of the capital L, is “Best Climateon Earth.” While the weather may be ideal, the same can’t be said for ...

Ripe for the Taking

Two years after suffering a defeat to Mary England, his colleague on the Lemon Grove City Council, and newcomer politico George Gastil, 14-year council veteran Tom Clabby is back. Clabby is one of six candidates ...

Wreck the Rec?

In recent months, the Lemon Grove city council has looked at ways of reducing the deficit. Projected revenues for fiscal year 2010-’11 are $11.8 million, while expenditures are projected to be $12.7 million. On April ...

Tippy Truck

On April 12, a little before 2:00 p.m., the driver of a construction truck with a heavy load of concrete and wood debris failed to negotiate the curve of the Broadway off-ramp from eastbound highway ...

Citizens Sour on Lemon Grove?

Dozens of Lemon Grove residents assembled inside the city's community center for Lemon Grove City Council's March 9 meeting. On the docket for the night was the City's $987,000 budget shortfall and whether the council ...

Bitter Grounds

"I have found case law that establishes Caltrans liable for the contamination," writes Salvatore D'Anna in an email. D'Anna believes the discovery will put the brakes on Lemon Grove's plans to realign Lemon Grove Avenue ...

Sour Situation in Lemon Grove

There's a tug-of-war going on in Lemon Grove. Clutching one side of the rope is the city of Lemon Grove and at the other end is businessman Salvatore D'Anna and neighboring businesses that occupy a ...

Cocksure Cops?

On Monday, January 4, at around 2 p.m., my brothers Alex and Joseph and I were pulled over by a sheriff in Lemon Grove. We were taken out of the car, handcuffed, and searched in ...

The Quest for Tequila & Dented Fenders

The day was finally here, the crown jewel of San Diego car shows… King of Clubs. Some buddies and I had finally agreed on a name and logo for a car club, and this was ...

Lemon Power

An attempted mugging at the bus stop near the Lemon Grove trolley station on Monday, November 2, was foiled when the perpetrator slipped on some lemons...near the city’s lemon statue. Cristiana Flores was waiting at ...

The search

There I sat, 2 and a half months ago, holding six thousand dollars in cash. I had just watched my 1969 Chevrolet C10 Pickup loaded up on a flatbed towtruck for the first leg of ...

Drop Zone

According to San Diego County assessor/clerk/recorder David L. Butler, the assessed value of all taxable property in the county has dropped to a 25-year low -- an overall decrease of 2.3 percent from the previous ...

Upside-Down? Go Short

In San Diego’s hemorrhaging real estate industry, it’s better to be upside-down and rich than upside-down and poor. That may sound axiomatic — it’s always nicer to be rich than poor — but carriage-trade folks ...

Christian Church of Lemon Grove

“New Eyes for New Hearts” was the theme of the service at Christian Church of Lemon Grove. On the stage, four tall boxes wrapped to look like presents made splashes of bright color in the ...

Where the Pain Is

What’s the difference between National City and Rancho Santa Fe? Well — er, uh — money comes to mind. Last year, median household income in National City was $44,130, according to figures provided by the ...

Knock It Down, Throw It Out

Dust covers everything inside EDCO’s construction-waste recycling plant in Lemon Grove. Misters attached to the rafters work to keep the dust down, but inside the airplane-hangar-size building, dust and mist combine to create the illusion ...

St. John of the Cross

Besides the usual loincloth, the crucified Christ hanging in the front of the church was draped with a purple stole, which draped over His chest as it ran from one arm to the other, and ...

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation

Eat up, little burros

Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice hot grill outside a friendly taco catering truck, with that marinated ...

The Blue Barrel

"The Miramar landfill is set to reach capacity by 2013," says Steve South, president of Edco Disposal, a waste-collection and recycling company headquartered in Lemon Grove. "This means we're going to have to recycle more ...

Of Course You Qualify!

Foreclosures and how we got there.

Mario is a recent immigrant from Mexico, and he's typical of homeowners facing foreclosure. He doesn't want me to use his surname; he's ashamed of getting behind on his payments. He thinks he's been irresponsible, ...

Lighthouse Baptist Church, Lemon Grove

"Wholehearted" was the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to think about Lighthouse Baptist. "Done up right proper" was the second. Everything about the place invited the idiom: the proper orchestra ...

Eating Dangerously

“But if it’s so bad for you, how come every single Mexican hasn’t died of a heart attack?”

Field of Screens

Drive-in theaters arose from swamps.

The first drive-in theater I snuck into in San Diego was also the first one built here, the Midway, on the northwest corner of Mission Bay Drive and Sports Arena Boulevard. It was December 1979, ...

The Bear of Lemon Grove

I went to two parties in Lemon Grove. Sam threw the first one. His guests were all over 40. The second party, a crew in their early 20s, was hosted by Dave. This was my ...

A big kiss from Lemon Grove

Heymatt: Does anyone know the history behind the lips painted on the rock going out of Lemon Grove at Lemon Grove Avenue and High street? I'm 34 years old and always remember the lips being ...

St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove

St. John of the Cross Denomination: Roman Catholic Address: 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 619-466-3209 Founded locally: 1959 Senior pastor: Edward Brockhaus Congregation size: 10,000 Staff size: 20 Sunday school enrollment: 800 Annual budget: can't tell ...

Lemon Grove pipe dream

I wrote under "Future Plans" in my 1978 high school yearbook: "Moving to Lemon Grove." I'd never been west of the last Stuckey's in St. Louis, but I'd just clipped a magazine article pitching the ...

Sweet 50?

I always liked that old technique of starting a story with a famous quote or song lyric that fits the subject. When I got the invite to go to a girl's Sweet 16 party, my ...

Trolley Trap Nails Drivers

Leihua Smith figured that the man who volunteered to be a witness for her in court must have been an angel. "I gave him a kiss on the cheek after the hearing," she says, "but ...

Best of 2003: Best Source For Vintage Local Radio Shows

California Aircheck www.california aircheck.com 619-460-6104 Since 1980, Lemon Grove-based California Aircheck has offered 60- and 90-minute audio tapes featuring vintage local radio broadcasts (DJs only, no music) that may be purchased individually or by yearly ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Buy Used Building Materials

Habitat for Humanity ReStore 3653 Costa Bella Street, Lemon Grove www.habitatsdiego.org 619-463-0464 In this "thrift-store" warehouse, items sell at 50 to 75 percent off retail. Windows are $7 a square foot, carpet is 33 cents ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Buy Bricks And Stones

Thompson's Building Materials 6636 Federal Boulevard, Lemon Grove 619-287-9410 This is where contractors go for masonry products. Thompson's stocks almost 40 different varieties of bricks, including "used" (made to look old) for 36 cents apiece ...

Smokey Bandits

From July of 2000 to April 2001, a new kind of crime wave hit San Diego County. Boiled down to penal-code labeling -- 211 for armed robbery, 459 for burglary -- the crimes weren't anything ...

Best of 2001: Best Discount Store

GTM Discount General Store 7663 Broadway, Lemon Grove 619-460-2990 716 16th Street, Downtown 619-234-7122 8967 Carlton Hills Boulevard, Santee 619-499-4953 350 Cypress Lane, El Cajon 619-441-8183 Parking is sometimes at a premium in front of ...

Best of 2001: Best Decorative Rocks To Replace Your Lawn

RCP Block and Brick 8240 Broadway, Lemon Grove Other locations in Santee, Chula Vista, and Escondido 619-460-9101 Fred, of the 50-year-old RCP (It stands for "Revolutionized Concrete Products"), says dropping a 2-1/2-inch deep layer of ...

Is Dennis Hopper from La Mesa?

Matt: My friend's mother says Dennis Hopper is from La Mesa and he worked at Jack In The Box. She says she has a friend who went to school with him. Could this possibly be ...

What is the Yellow Rose seen from Highway 94 about?

Hello, Matt: Thanks for taking my call. First-time caller; long-time listener. What's the story on the sculpture of a large, single yellow rose on the western outskirts of Lemon Grove? The sculpture in question is ...

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