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Candidates file nomination papers for Nov. 4 ballot

Election 2014.FEATURE

The filing period for candidates to be on the Nov. 4 ballot opened last week and continues until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office.
In Ramona, three boards will have openings on the November general election ballot: Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District and Ramona Community Planning Group.
According to the registrar’s office, information about candidates who have filed nominating papers will be online at by July 24, and additional candidates will be listed as they file.
On the school board, seats held by trustees Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody will be on the ballot. The planning group has eight members whose four-year terms expire this year — Jim Piva, Kristi Mansolf, Jim Cooper, Carl Hickman, Donna Myers, Chad Anderson, Paul Stykel and Matt Deskovick.
The school board and planning group races are community-wide.
Ramona water district directors are elected by geographical division. The four-year terms of two directors expire this year — Kit Kesinger in Division 2 and Joe Zenovic in Division 4.
If an incumbent fails to file by Aug. 8, the filing period will be extended until Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Candidates may obtain and file their nominating papers with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Monday through Friday from 8:01 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Details about filing as a candidate are online at, at the registrar’s office at 5600 Overland Ave. in San Diego and at 858-565-5800. The complete Candidate Filing Guide is online.

Deputies find marijuana greenhouse during search of Julian home

Deputies conducting a search at a home in rural Julian today found a greenhouse containing about 220 marijuana plants.
The deputies made the discovery in the 3400 block of Slumbering Oaks Trail about 12:30 p.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials.
No residents or property owners were at the address at the time of the search, Sgt. Tom Poulin said. The investigation was ongoing, he said.

County reports first West Nile virus case in region

Monday, July 21— The first human case of the potentially fatal West Nile virus in two years in San Diego County was reported today by the county Health and Human Services Agency.
The infection in a 43-year-old Santee man was found during screen of blood he donated. He had experienced no symptoms, which is not unusual for the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.
The man, who went camping outside the state the week before his blood was drawn, did not recall any recent mosquito bites, according to the county health agency.
“Even though it’s most likely this individual acquired West Nile outside of the county, we know the virus is here in San Diego County,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.
County Vector Control collected a dead crow in the city of San Diego last week that has also tested positive for West Nile, said Wooten.
“It’s important for the public to know West Nile virus is a dangerous and potentially deadly disease,” she said.
The Vector Control program, part of the county Department of Environmental Health, is inspecting for potential mosquito breeding locations near the man’s home and setting up mosquito monitoring traps in the surrounding areas of Santee.
The state Department of Public Health reported 15 West Nile virus-related fatalities in the state last year, but there have been no deaths in the 11 human cases confirmed so far this season.
Most people are infected with the virus from June through October, with the peak season in August and September.
Of those who become infected with West Nile virus, 80 percent will have no symptoms, according to the county. About one in five people who are infected will develop only a mild illness that includes a headache, fever, nausea, fatigue, skin rash or swollen glands.
One in 150 will suffer serious neurologic complications that can become life-threatening. The risk of complications increases for those over age 50, and for people with weakened immune systems.
The county encourages residents to prevent mosquito breeding by dumping or removing backyard items that can hold water, such as plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, garbage cans, toys, old tires and wheelbarrows.
Mosquito fish, available for free from Vector Control, can be used to control breeding of the insect in water sources such as neglected swimming pools, ponds, fountains and water troughs.
Health agency officials said residents can protect against mosquito bites by staying inside when they are most active, between dusk and dawn, and by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors. An insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of eucalyptus or IR3535 can be applied before going outside.
Window and door screens should be checked to make sure they are in good condition and secured.
The presence of the virus can also be detected in dead birds. Dead crows, ravens, jays, hawks and owls that don’t show an obvious cause of death can be reported to Vector Control at 858-694-2888.
Vector Control will also take reports on green, uncared-for swimming pools, which mosquitoes use for breeding.

Water authority dedicates higher San Vicente Dam

San Diego County Water Authority dedicated its new higher dam at the San Vicente Reservoir Thursday morning.
The three-year, $416 million construction project to raise the San Vicente Dam by 117 feet was essentially completed in June, water authority spokesman Mike Lee said. The dam is now 337 feet high.
The water authority also constructed a surge tank, a pump station and 11 miles of large-diameter pipeline, which together cost another $400 million or so, according to Lee.
The extra water in the reservoir will be able to supply 300,000 homes annually. It will also give the county extra water in case of emergency.
The water authority expects it to take between two and five years to refill the reservoir to its new level, depending on rainfall, the availability of imported water and local demand. The body of water will remain closed to recreational use until it reaches the level of a new boat ramp.

Cleveland National Forest to tighten fire restrictions

Due to high temperatures and dry vegetation in the eastern reaches of San Diego County, fire restrictions in Cleveland National Forest will increase to an elevated level, effective 6 a.m. Friday, forestry officials announced.
Under the stricter rules, wood or charcoal fires are allowed only in designated areas, and smoking is prohibited except inside vehicles or buildings or within a developed recreation site.
The restrictions also require spark arrestors on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines, and mandate special-use permits for welding, grinding, cutting, use of explosives and similar activities.
Fireworks are never allowed on state lands.
The fire-danger rating system takes into account such factors as foliage conditions and expected weather effects on fuels to establish the likelihood of a fire starting within a given 24-hour period.
“The public needs to be extremely careful when recreating within the forest during periods of high, very high and extreme fire danger,” said Carlton Joseph, fire chief for Cleveland National Forest.

What’s new at the movies?


Planes: Fire and Rescue PG Dusty’s days of daredevil air racing are over, but he finds true courage by joining a firefighting team. Animated Stars: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen

The Purge: Anarchy R The New Founders of America invite you to participate in the annual ritual of legal murder as it goes to the inner city. Stars: Frank Grillo, Zoe Soul, Michael K. Williams

Ramona’s all-class reunion, book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner, Tire Amnesty Day among upcoming events in town

Ramona’s all-class reunion, book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner, Tire Amnesty Day among upcoming events in town.

County approves money for basketball court in Collier Park

By next spring, residents will be able to play basketball on one of the two tennis courts in Collier Park.

County supervisors on Wednesday approved $70,620 of Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) money to convert the northern tennis court into a basketball court. Collier Park is in the 600 block of E Street. The supervisors’ action authorized the advertisement for bids and subsequent award of a construction contract for the project.

Proposed changes affect homestays, farmers’ markets, microbreweries

Proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that include changes related to agricultural areas are available for public review and comments until Aug. 11.

County Planning and Development Services released the California Environmental Quality Act public review of the zoning ordinance on June 26. It is available at and in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.

PowPac opens theater season with a comedy set in 1965

Leading off the 2014-15 theater season at PowPAC is “Here Lies Jeremy Troy, a comedy set in 1965 in West Rutherford, N.J., just a short drive from New York City.

The play revolves around Jeremy Troy, who has led his wife, his boss and his friends to believe that he is a qualified attorney. One of the partners in Jeremy’s law firm dies, and Jeremy hopes he will be promoted to fill the opening. In an effort to bolster his chances, Jeremy invites his boss home to dinner to be charmed by his wife, Kathryn.