The mayor and four council members make legislative policy for the city, enact ordinances, approve the budget and…More govern this city of 26,000 people.</p>
<p>Mayor Mary Sessom was first elected to the council in 1994 and then elected to the position of mayor in 1996. Her current term expires in 2012. The councilmembers are: Jerry Jones, who first joined the council in 2002 and was re-elected in Nov. 2010; Mayor Pro Tem Mary England, who was elected in 2000 and whose current term runs until 2012; George Gastil, elected in 2008, whose term also ends in 2012; and Howard Cook who was elected to the council in Nov. 2010. The council terms are four years each, and there are no term limits in the city.</p>
<p>The council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at the Lemon Grove Community Center.</p>
Monterey Heights Elementary 7550 Canton Dr, Lemon Grove, CA91945 Monterey Heights educates about 407 students, from preschool through fifth grade. This school has the distinction of…More having earned the highest scores in the district on the statewide API (Academic Performance Index) standardized tests in 2010. The school's mascot is the eagle. Monterey Heights also prides itself on its PeaceBuilder program, which teaches children to be successful in social settings and to be effective problem solvers.
Mariscos Negro Durazo 6954 Federal Blvd, Lemon Grove, CA91945 Mariscos Negro Durazo, formerly known as San Marcos Restaurant, recently took new ownership and changed names in March…More of 2010. It serves Mexican cuisine in an authentic Baja environment with a separate bar area. An upstairs loft is available as well, typically used for private parties. Customers can enjoy live music at Mariscos Negro Durazo on the weekends.
This K-8 school district operates five elementary schools and one middle school, serving approximately 3,900…More students.</p>
<p>The Lemon Grove School District has been struggling with budget cuts in recent years, but has managed to keep a vibrant educational program alive. Even though one middle school was closed, and the sixth-grade camp program cut, the school board recently managed to find enough money to re-hire some badly-needed teachers' aides and janitors. The board president, as of Oct. 2010, is Tim Shaw. Other board members are Katie Dexter, Larry Loschen, Blanca Brown and Jay Bass.</p>
<p>The school board meets in the Community Center twice a month, every other Tuesday.</p>
<p>The district includes six elementary schools and one middle school. Lemon Grove Middle school is closed for two years, to save money and for renovation as part of a planned school/library project.</p>