Lemon Grove City Council Candidates Forum Set for Oct. 29

All six candidates have agreed to participate in the 90-minute forum hosted by Patch.

All politics is local, the saying goes, and there’s nothing more local than Patch.

To connect Lemon Grove voters with the contenders in the City Council race, Patch will host a candidates forum Oct. 29 in the middle school auditorium at the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities. All six candidates have agreed to participate in the 90-minute forum, which will give the community an opportunity to explore key issues in the race.

Candidates are vying for two open City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot. One is seeking re-election, while the others are either making a first run for public office or trying their chances again. They are:

  • Incumbent George Gastil, a community college teacher and former Lemon Grove School District trustee who is seeking a second term.
  • Racquel Vasquez, a planning commissioner in Lemon Grove and public information officer for the City of San Diego’s public works department.
  • Mark Gracyk, an account manager and chairman of the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Proposition W.
  • Matt Mendoza, a Boeing Satellite Systems operations manager who in a field of six contenders came in third behind England and Shirley Weber for a place on the November ballot in the 79th Assembly District race.
  • Lou Melendez, a Caltrans engineer who took fourth place with 15.65 percent of the vote in the 2010 city council race in which Howard Cook was elected and Jerry Jones was re-elected.
  • Michael Richards, a purchasing manager for Western Radio Electronics and Air Force veteran who sought a seat on the council in 2008.

Patch will moderate the Q&A-style forum focused on local government issues.

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Roberto Alvarez Auditorium located on School Lane at the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities, formerly Lemon Grove Middle School. You can also watch the forum live online.

Refreshments will be served.

Bong Sativa October 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Cannabis dispensaries,the courts say YES won't you ? The people have spoken,the dispensaries are coming & you can vote to regulate them now - Vote Yes on T !!!
Summer Hemphill October 28, 2012 at 09:03 AM
I can prove that four of these candidates have smoked marijuana & two still do occasionally,will you please ask them to publicly identify themselves as the voters certainly have a right to know who they are !!!
J Jones October 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I'm not sure you people even live in Lemon Grove. Our voters will decide this. Some will vote yes and some no but no one should believe that T will create proper regulations for dispensaries much less any other business. No oversight, no inspections, any criminal can get a license unquestioned and the tax that was promised is illegal and will never be collected. Stores could even go into residential areas. Remember a NO is NO on T and Q. If you believe this is right for Lemon Grove then Q contains regulations that protect the community, has a legal fee structure and comes from the community and not outside big money.
Brash Brazen October 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Neither voters or cities can defy state laws regarding medical marijuana which several recent Appellate Court decisions have upheld ! Medical marijuana dispensaries are legal under state law & local efforts to obstruct their operation are contrary to state law ! If anyone thinks a no vote will prevent (or have any influence at all on) dispensaries opening shortly in Lemon Grove they're not only ignorant of the law,but delusional as well ! A no vote is no vote at all,so be a winner not a whiner & VOTE YES ON T !!!
Frank Mockery October 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Join the T Party & Vote Yes on Measure T !!! "Safe & Legal Access" to medical marijuana - It's the Law !!! Find out who your real friends are,ask your neighbors & local business owners whether they support Measure T !!! Any business owner who's against Measure T should certainly not be enriched anymore by those who favor it's passage (can you say boycott) & posting their names will make it easier for our friends to join with us in shuttering their legal businesses instead !!! Let's make them take a stand & then cut them off at the knees !


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