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City of Lemon GroveCandidate for City Council

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Charlene McAdory

Small Business Consultant
1,126 votes (7.85%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase business development and promote job opportunities for the residents of the City of Lemon Grove.
  • Foster and promote smart growth initiatives.
  • Initiate a Facade Improvement Plan for building owners, promoting a uniform look and feel of store front property.



Profession:Businesswoman, president and owner of a local small business.
Equal Employment Opportunity Administrator, Centre City Development Corporation (2007–2012)
Board of Director, Hennepin County Human Resources Department — Appointed position (2000–2007)
Civil Rights Commissioner, Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights — Appointed position (2003–2006)
Board of Director, Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority — Appointed position (2003–2006)


Nova Southeastern University Ph.D candidate, Peace Studies (2014)
Concordia University MA, Organizational Management (2006)
National American University BS, Business Administration (2004)

Community Activities

President, Thrive Lemon Grove (2015–current)
Member, Rady Children's Hospital - South East Cluster Unit - Auxiliary (2015–current)


I have always been a long-standing and active member of the community which I previously lived from 1980-2006 (Minneapolis, MN). While there, I held many civic leadership positions - vice-president, board of director, and chairperson, and received an award for my outstanding civic engagement.  Currently, I am the president of Thrive Lemon Grove, (TLG), a grassroots community organization, started in 2013, focused on improving the neighborhoods, public safety, health, and economy of Lemon Grove.  TLG’s aim is to provide a voice for the Lemon Grove community. Our goal is to work with elected officials and community organizations to bring a full spectrum of improvements to the City with the best climate on earth. These include adding vibrancy to the local economy, encouraging community involvement, supporting healthy initiatives to improve the lives of our residents, and supporting the revitalization of our aging neighborhoods.

 I am the president and owner of Strategic Business Solutions, a woman – minority owned small business, established since 2012. Our focus is to strategically assist small businesses of any industry put action plans in place to maintain compliance with State of California labor laws and codes on municipal public works projects.  Our team’s interdisciplinary approach and extensive experience in labor compliance, prevailing wage and certified payroll monitoring on public works projects has equipped us with the diverse skill set needed to address the many issues affecting the provisions of labor compliance in San Diego on public works projects.  We provide hands-on educational symposiums on topics such as Labor Compliance and Prevailing Wage, empowering businesses on how to reduce liability and increase profitability on public works projects. Our workshops are broadcasted via Webinar to allow for remote and on-site participation.



Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Lemon Grove, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Charlene McAdory:

The City of Lemon Grove is facing strategic growth challenges.  Its Downtown Village Site Plan was introduced to residents at a town hall forum back in August 2016.  Major plan is underway that will promote the future vision for Lemon Grove. Due to the small town, sense of community atmosphere of Lemon Grove, some long-term residents do not want to see change. However, some of the areas of desired improvements include better streets, making the town more walkable; and improved perception of the City, which includes a cleaner, safer Lemon Grove. The expansion will lead to a collection of new businesses, Smart Growth (housing projects), Place Making (redesigning open space) that is just the proverbial start of the action. Though it may seem impossible, the activity will only pick up, as a batch of high-profile developments are in the homestretch. The challenge becomes attracting tenants in industries such as law firms, tech, entertainment, restaurants, media and fashion to ground-floor housing units.   

According to some residents, they view the change as overcrowding, more traffic jams, rather looking at the long-term benefits to increase revenue for the city.  The city contracted with Rick Engineering who announced at the August 2016 meeting that input from residents is vital to the future development of the DVSP.  The challenge I see is that residents generally don’t come out to meetings in large masses to offer their input which has the potential to help shape the site plan and mix of uses new development will likely contain, 


If elected, I would continue fostering the notion that the DVSP will bring in revenue and improve the look and feel of Lemon Grove.  Promote the possibility of encouraging the city’s engineering department to create, design and place a model of the city on display at city hall so the residents can appreciate and approach the concept of what a new DVSP would look from a visual prospective. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

During this time of the election process candidates across the country are wearing a political mask. Despite lip-syncing, their points come across quite nicely, or we see hundreds or thousands of protesters in the streets screaming and fighting disrupting businesses.

When does politics become toxic? In my view, toxicity arise in response to problems and the political boundaries between them have whatever rationale they possess to the degree that different problems are or can be facilitated separately from one another.

Tasteful politics is a tradeoff between positive and negative candidates, which means that "trying new things" is not merely a well-worn cliché but an urgent moral imperative.  It is behavior or practices that has taken root in the last 20 years.  Whatever happen to the type of sit down debate that facilitated a different kind of candidate conversation.

Political philosophy consists of systematic reflection about the nature and purpose of one’s political life.  In college, I did not major in political science which forms part of the larger social and economic enterprise that has to do, not with our special relationships to others, but with the shape our political social life should have as a whole. 


I disagree and agree with people all of the time, and my disagreements or theirs extends from our material and status interest in our very own ideas of what is right or good for the voters we serve.  One fact I want to underscore is that an important element of political philosophy is that it is only an expression of one’s specific commitments, and the truth must indeed be the characteristic problems of political life, including the prevalence of moral disagreement.  

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