Dear Voter, Friends and Neighbors
Thank you for visiting my website!
Though I hope to meet you in person during this election season, this website is way for us to say "hello" and for you to obtain information about my years of service to Lemon Grove.
My wife, Dona, and I have lived, loved and served in many capacities for over 57 years in this friendly town. In fact, we grew up with the town and understand and treasure its history.
We are both native San Diegans. We met as students at Herbert Hoover High School, graduating in the Class of 1952. I went to work for Rohr Industries in Chula Vista and Dona attended San Diego Junior College (today SDSU).
January of 1953, during the Korean Conflict I was drafted by the U.S. Army. Dona and I were married the following month. Upon my discharge in 1955 we moved to Lemon Grove and I returned to Rohr. We decided to settle in Lemon Grove, purchase a home and raise our family. Nothing was around us except rolling hills. There were only four homes built on our block.
We'd drive up the hill to Miller Dairy to buy the best milk and cream in the world. We watched the San Altos Subdivision being built from our backyard. This was before Highway 94 and the College Grove Shopping Center. We had a Bradshaw Grocery and Meat Market (now the U-Haul). Up the street we had the Food Basket Market (now Henry's), and the Monterey Heights Market on Englewood. Lemon Grove Avenue was called Imperial Avenue. The famous Grove Pastry Shoppe was located next door to where Starbucks is now. It was not unusual to see horses, hear roosters and smell the manure from Miller Dairy when the wind blew our way. The train blew its whistle as it passed by three times a week and still does. Some things never change!
Dona was a stay-at-home Mom until children Rick and Tommie Lynn reached college age. To defray college costs, Dona went to work in 1973 at Southern California First Bank. Both Rick and Tommie Lynn are graduates of the Principia Collage in Elsah, Illinois. Rick is currently a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Diego. Tommie is in mortgage banking in Orange County.
Dona retired in 1989 as manager of the San Diego California First Bank Teller Training School. I spent 40 years with Rohr Industries in contracts and business management before retirement in 1992. We are living in the same home we purchased in 1957.
In 1993 the Lemon Grove Planning Commission advertised in our weekly Lemon Grove Review for a new member. I thought, "I can do that," believing that my years of management experience, home remodeling experience and extensive community volunteerism might be helpful to the Commission. I applied and was selected.
Later, the Lemon Grove City Council voted to support the formation of a County Sheriff Senior Volunteer Program under the supervision of the Sheriff's department. They asked for volunteers age 55 and over. Again, I thought, "I can do that" and applied. After a background check and extensive interviews I was selected. I'm proud to be a charter member of that first 12-week class along with 25 other Lemon Grovans whose skills, knowledge and willingness to serve overflowed into still other volunteer organizations that enhance the quality of life in our community.
In a Volunteer Patrol car once a week for a six-hour duty I got a real eye opener! I dealt firsthand with neighborhood issues, from abandoned cars and trash on our street, to parking and planning problems, to assisting senior shut-ins and more. The Patrol became the eyes and ears for the Sheriff.
I was elected, then re-elected three times. Public office is about service and trust, not climbing a ladder. Local government is non-partisan, local and close to the people--and for that reason, close to my heart. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community--just like my own family. we have over 8000 households within the city limits. I think we all want the same things: a home; be able to provide for our families; feel safe and free; stay healthy and happy with diverse opportunities.
I'm guided by the philosophy: The choices we make dictate the life we lead. I've worked steadily to implement the vision you called for in public hearings and questionnaires. You want a beautiful, safe community with good planning and design, strong infrastructure, enhanced cultural amenities and secure, established neighborhoods. You want our business community to prosper. I couldn't agree with more.
Future plans must address Lemon Grove's economic health and business revitalization because that is the engine that drives the economy. We must be determined to chart a strong course as we have in the past despite the State's persistent attempts to dip into our local funds.
Your support will enable me to continue to achieve the goals we all share for our wonderful city.
I ask for your vote on November 2nd.