Lemon Grove

People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

Editor’s Note: The “People in Your Neighborhood” series shines a spotlight on locals we all wish we knew more about! La Jolla Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com or call us at (858) 875-5950.

Customers come to J.J. Smith’s rePlanet recycling station with empty cans and bottles and almost always receive smiles, in addition to deposits, in return. The Lemon Grove resident serves as the de-facto life coach for dozens of La Jollans every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — dispensing advice and cracking jokes. You can...

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