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School board accepts applications for bond oversight committee


Making good on a commitment to choose a citizens’ oversight committee before the November election, school trustees are accepting applications from Ramonans interested in serving on the committee.

Details about the committee, its duties and the application process are on the Ramona Unified School District website,, at the top left under “Headlines.”

Proposition Q is now Measure Q

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Ramona Unified School District’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot has had a name change: Proposition Q is now Measure Q.

Propositions are state ballot items, and local ballot proposals are measures, reports the San Diego Registrar of Voters.

“We received word today from the Registrar of Voters that they are changing the name of all local ballot propositions to Measure and dropping the term of Proposition,” Superintendent Robert Graeff said in an email. “Apparently, San Diego is the last county in the state to make this change. So Prop Q is now Measure Q.”

Ramona Skatepark Champions to meet Monday

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Members of the newly formed Ramona Skatepark Champions invite the public to their meeting in Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
The group, which holds public meetings the third Monday of each month in Town Hall, is establishing a grass-roots effort to realize their goal of a skatepark in Ramona. The park will be part of the Ramona Intergenerational Community Campus in the 1200 block of Main Street behind Ramona Library.
In the organizational stages, the group met in mid-August to learn from Terry Burke-Eiserling of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark the process that group followed and to hear about Ramona’s prior skatepark efforts. See for details and the group’s Facebook page.

Search warrants Tuesday morning net four arrests

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Two sheriff’s SWAT teams served search warrants at 7 a.m. Tuesday that resulted in the arrests of four people along with seizure of a firearm and methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

In the 1400 block of Montecito Road Jeffrey Hodson, 48, was arrested, suspected of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and for warrants, said Sgt. John Boyce at the sheriff’s Ramona station.

A warrant was also served in the 1000 block of Via Alegre Drive. Three people were arrested: Gina Scruggs, 44, suspected of felony possession of methamphetamine and other criminal charges, and Alan Castro, 20, and Justine Glenn, 19, both

County to preserve ‘Cedar Dog’ on San Vicente Road; requests removal of memorials before road construction starts

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The approximately 200 residents attending a public meeting Monday on the San Vicente Road construction project learned ways in which the construction team will notify and update residents on aspects of the project, plans for traffic control and, to the applause of many, that the tree known as the Cedar Dog will remain in place.

County staff also asked that those who have placed memorials honoring loved ones killed in accidents on San Vicente Road remove their items before the road improvement construction starts on Sept. 15.

Bulldogs beat the heat and the Point Loma Pointers

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Ramona High School’s varsity football team went in search of cooler temperatures and a 2-0 record on Saturday and they came away with both.

While Ramona’s temperature climbed toward 100 degrees on the thermometer, the Dawgs found Point Loma’s cooler ocean breezes blowing their way, allowing them to beat the Pointers 7-6.

County calls town-hall-style meeting Monday on San Vicente Road project


Residents who want to learn more about construction of the San Vicente Road Realignment Project, set to begin Sept. 15, are invited to a public outreach meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School.

Facilitating the meeting will be the Ramona Community Planning Group, San Diego County Department of Public Works, Ramona Municipal Water District and Flatiron West, project contractor.

The Art Center aims to connect community with artist


This fall sees the opening of the The Art Center in Ramona, where everything from traditional to expressive art will be explored.

The center’s mission is to create an inclusive community art space, where the community and the artist are put into direct contact, states the announcement of the center’s opening.

Rickey Rae Thomas graduates from 40th Annual San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy


Ramona resident Rickey Rae Thomas completed the highest phase of the San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for the second time, and received her certificate of completion in August at a ceremony in Mandeville Auditorium in La Jolla.

She was among 241 Explorers from two dozen California and Washington state law enforcement agencies participating in the weeklong, live-in academy held on the University of California, San Diego campus. The training, which is divided into three phases, prepares Explorers to work alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers.

The program’s first phase, which Thomas completed several years ago, is the equivalent of a basic police academy. In this phase topics include the administration of justice, criminal law, officer safety, traffic enforcement, juvenile procedures, physical c

SDG&E adds helitanker to high-risk fire season arsenal

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For the fifth consecutive year, San Diego Gas & Electric has contracted for the use of a firefighting helitanker with the capacity to drop up to 2,500 gallons of water at a time.

The Erikson Air-Crane and a second helicopter will be on standby for use by fire agencies through autumn, a period generally marked by high fire risk.