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Flooding problem close to resolution

   The problem of occasional severe flooding in the back parking lot of
Quail Run Apartments at 411 14th St., may be over—thanks to an
unexpected solution.
   As the Sentinel reported last week, the heavy rains of Dec. 7
left some cars in the parking lot in water as high as the seats, and
made it very difficult for some tenants to reach their apartments.
   This flooding was caused by a concrete drainage channel that runs
across the property and through an adjoining vacant lot, where the
channel is blocked by weeds and trash, said Maria Navarro, who
supervises the complex for Kleege Enterprises in Del Mar.

Rain highlights problem

   A recurring problem of severe flooding in the back parking lot of
Quail Run Apartments at 411 14th St. may be headed toward a solution.
   The storm that brought much-needed rain to the area on Dec. 7
brought real headaches to some Quail Run tenants when water rose as
high as the seats of several cars that were parked in the back lot.

OPMS robotics team places first at Legoland

   In its first competition ever, a robotics team from Olive Peirce
Middle School has taken home a first-place trophy in a tournament held
at Legoland in Carlsbad.
   The team, called the Ramona Knights, took the top prize in the Robot
Design category and was ninth overall out of 52 teams from all over
Southern California.

Fire threat drops with rain

   Firefighters are breathing a little easier, thanks to soaking rains and predictions of more to come.
Since June 1, CalFire has been operating at peak-season staffing
levels, with 26 state-funded fire engines in the county, each manned by
four firefighters. But beginning Monday, Dec. 7, CalFire moved to
‘transitional staffing,’ reducing the number of fire engines to 18,
said CalFire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.
   And on Monday, Dec. 14, staffing levels were scheduled to be cut to
three people per engine, said CalFire Battalion Chief Greg Griswold
with the Ramona Fire Department.

McIntosh ‘still a little leery’ about SDG&E

   Representatives of San Diego Gas & Electric and its critics,
meeting with a federal mediator for the first time last week, have
agreed on the focus of their future discussions about a plan for
preventing wildfires.
   “The group has reached consensus on defining the issue,” said
SDG&E spokesman Jennifer Ramp. “Since public safety is the primary
concern, how can we prevent the risk of fires caused by SDG&E
facilities or equipment while minimizing service disruptions? Going
forward, this will be our focus.”
   When the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rejected
SDG&E’s plan to shut off power during times of high fire danger, it
ordered the utility to “make a good faith effort” to develop a fire
prevention plan in collaboration with those who would be affected.
   This process has brought together diverse stakeholders, including
water districts, schools, fire agencies, rural activists,
telecommunication companies, county officials and advocates for
consumers and the disabled.

What’s for sale at the farmers’ market?

  When most people think of a farmers’ market, they envision tables
topped with stacks of just-picked vegetables and fruits. And the Ramona
Certified Farmers’ Market has plenty of fresh produce, provided by
Randol Ridge Ranch from Barona Mesa and Fallbrook Certified Organics.
   But a lot of other tempting treats await strolling buyers.
  On any Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Collier Park, many
vendors offer handmade items. The lineup can vary from week to week,
but there are quite a few “regulars.”

Wish comes true for Ramona girl

   An extraordinary 11-year-old girl from Ramona will have her wish
come true this weekend when she walks the red carpet in New York City
at the premiere of a movie in which she is featured.
   Taylor Hay’s fame in town was first based on her skills as an
equestrian, singer, actor and dancer. Then in March 2008, she was
diagnosed with an extremely rare form of pediatric lymphoma and she
became known for the fundraisers for her Believe in Taylor Foundation,
which provides financial and emotional support to families stricken
with pediatric cancer.
   In June 2008, Taylor asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation to give her an
experience that had something to do with acting. Her first hope was to
be in the new Harry Potter movie.

Farmers’ market, weekly outlet for fresh food, crafts, fun

   Markets have been around for millennia. They’re friendly places
where people go for quality merchandise at quality prices—maybe even do
a little haggling, but everyone generally leaves feeling good about the
day’s transactions.
   And now there is one in Ramona.
   The Ramona Certified Farmers’ Market opened for business in early
March in Collier Park, 626 E St., with five vendors. Now, eight months
later, there can be as many as 20 sellers offering their wares every
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the park.

SDG&E asks state to adjust rates in January

   San Diego Gas & Electric is asking for a rate adjustment that
could result in slightly higher bills for the average Ramona homeowner,
beginning January.
   Residents using 500 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of power a month, said to
be the average by SDG&E, could see their bill for electricity rise
from $72.75 at present to $75.41—an increase of $2.66 or 3.7 percent.

SDGE,Cox to pay state $16.3 million

   San Diego Gas & Electric has agreed to pay the state $14.3
million to settle accusations that poor maintenance led to downed power
lines that caused three massive wildfires in 2007.
   In reaching the tentative settlement, which must be approved by the
California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the utility did not
accept responsibility for starting the fires, but did say that it is
taking steps to better maintain its equipment.

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