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Planning Commissioner Announces Run for City Council

Racquel Vasquez has served the five-member board since 2007.

Planning Commissioner Racquel Vasquez said Saturday she will run for a City Council seat in the 2012 election.

Vasquez plans to focus her campaign on three issues: public safety, quality neighborhoods and economic development.

“I want to serve my community more—to have a hand in supporting public safety,” Vasquez says. “There are some serious issues here in Lemon Grove that need to be addressed—crime prevention, specifically. Also, ensuring projects move forward to improve the quality of our neighborhoods. And, encouraging redevelopment within our city.”

Vasquez, 41, was appointed to the five-member Planning Commission in 2007 and is serving her second term, which expires in 2013. The group is responsible for reviewing potential development projects in the city for appraisal and approval.

As a public information officer with the city of San Diego’s Engineering and Capital Projects Department for 11 years, Vasquez says she wants to put her experience to work on the City Council to guide Lemon Grove toward smart growth.

“I have a desire to see the city grow,” Vasquez says. “I strongly believe in order to foster smart growth you have to have the community involved. And that’s my goal—to engage the community and get them involved in the process.”

To do that, she plans to hold Saturday morning community coffees and utilize social media to draw in the city’s younger generation.

According to her campaign website, Vasquez has received endorsements from City Councilman George Gastil and planning commissioners Jennifer Mendoza and Moises Aguirre, among others in the community. Her biography says she is the vice president of the Spring Valley-Lemon Grove Democratic Club and a member of the Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove.

She and her husband, Jose Vasquez, who has served in the Navy for 21 years, have lived in Lemon Grove since 2001. They have two daughters: a 17-year-old who just graduated from Helix Charter High School and is on her way to San Diego State University to study biochemistry, and a 10-year-old.

The announcement was made Saturday during the at the Lemon Grove Branch Library.

Joyce Mcbryde July 11, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I am so proud of you. You have my vote.
Faye Price July 11, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Hi Racquel, Congratulations and best to you in winning a council seat in Lemon Grove! That is exciting news to receive from you. Thanks, Faye P.
mike July 11, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Thats awesome Racquel! I truely believe that you would do great. The City needs someone like you who has the drive and passion when it comes to the Public's Safety. Good luck!
Angela Logan July 12, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Great article! You will make a great councilwoman!
Patrick Herman July 12, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Racquel's work experience with the City of San Diego and her volunteer work with the Planning Commision make her uniquely qualified as a candidate for Lemon Grove City Council. Her work as a parent giver her the insight to know what's important for her community. Good luck in all you do.
Terry Williams July 14, 2011 at 02:09 AM
A very nice article and excellent news for Lemon Grove. Racquel would be a great councilmember! Best wishes and good luck!
Frank Mockery August 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
What is your stance on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law to open in Lemon Grove in light of the recent court decision which said that cities are "pre-empted" by state law from banning them ? Since all indications are that the ballot measure will pass,your political future may depend upon your answer Racquel !
Michael Richards August 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Being with City of San Diego Engineering Department with all the problems it has is not an endorsement to being a good council member. Being a resident and participating in multiple projects within the City for over 35 years is more important. As far as public safety goes, Lemon Groves officers have made and continue to make sure that we have one of the safest communities in San Diego County
Racquel Vasquez September 16, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I currently work full-time for the City of San Diego Public Works Department as a Senior Public Information Officer and have served Lemon Grove as Planning Commissioner since 2007. In addition, I support various organizations and volunteer throughout the community. As a result, I receive the President's Volunteer Service Award for Service and Civic Participation. For more details regarding my background, go to www.ElectRacquel.com. Also check out this Patch article regarding CRIME in Lemon Grove, this one month recap is an eye opener -- Local Church Burglarized—Music, Sound Equipment Reported Stolen http://lemongrove.patch.com/articles/sheriff-s-blotter-9755b66b
Racquel Vasquez September 16, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Signatures were gathered to put this measure on the ballot bypassing any input from the Mayor and City Council. Ultimately, the final decision will be made by the people who live and are registered to vote in Lemon Grove.

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