Friday, Feb. 21—The sheriff’s Ramona station arrested five people this week — four of them today — on suspected drug-related charges, and seized a total of 7.2 grams of heroin, .2 grams of methamphetamine and $580 in cash, reported Lt. Hank Turner.
On Wednesday, detectives from the Ramona substation conducted surveillance on a residence in the 1500 block of Wilson Road, he said. Around 5:45 p.m. detectives observed a male that was a suspect in a drug sale in
In an apparent effort to gain consensus, two Ramona Unified school trustees and Superintendent Robert Graeff will review a proposed contract with Urban Futures Inc. and renegotiate with Isom Advisors, the Urban Futures division that will work as bond consultant for the district.
The school board’s 5-0 vote came after trustee Bob Stoody expressed concerns about what he called possible land mines in the proposal.
Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate Ramona Unified School District’s efforts to help students improve in their classes? How would you rate its communication between home and school, efforts to encourage parents to become more involved in the schools, and school safety, morale and appearance?
Ramona Community School Principal Kathryn Gunderson makes good on a promise to the school’s Peace Club when she kisses Piper in front of students, employees and parents before classes start.
She also kissed Piper’s twin, Pretzel. The three wore red lipstick for the event.
Peace Club members met their Great Kindness Challenge, earning official Kindness Certification, when each completed 30 acts of kindness such as offering a smile, helping someone clean up, writing a thank you note and bringing flowers to a staff member. The Gill family provided the twin goats.
What is it kissing a goat like? “The goats were calmer about kissing a human than I was about kissing a goat,” the principal said, adding, “Anything for world peace!”
If projections for the 2014-15 school year prove true, Ramona Unified School District will experience its 12th year of declining enrollment.
Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann’s report to trustees on Feb. 13 shows a projected enrollment of 5,598 students next school year. That’s 132 fewer than the 5,730 students in classrooms this school year.
The meeting time of the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will once again be reconsidered, this time at the request of Director Rex Schildhouse.
The Division 3 director said 10 to 12 constituents have told him they would like the meetings, held at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, changed to a later time. Schildhouse proposed 7 p.m.
That was one of several agenda requests Schildhouse had Feb. 11 after a heated exchange between him and Darrell Beck, board president.
Schildhouse complained at the start of the meeting that an agenda request he submitted Feb. 4 was not included on the meeting’s agenda. Instead, he said, the request led to a note in his director’s mailbox and four or five phone calls, one between Beck and General Manager David Barnum, that determined the item should not be added to the agenda.
Beck refuted the claim that he and Barnum decided by phone the item should not be on the agenda.
Barnum told the Sentinel that Schildhouse’s request had to do with board information and meeting procedures that are covered in Policy 1 of the district’s Legislative Code. Barnum said he put a copy of Policy 1 in each director’s mailbox and asked Schildhouse if he wanted the Legislative Code chapter addressed at a meeting. The general manager said there seems to be a misunderstanding. He also noted that directors must write an agenda memo on a requested item.
According to Barnum, he had a phone conversation with Beck on procedural aspects of meetings.
After Barnum gave his general manager’s report at the Feb. 11 meeting, which included information about the San Diego County Water Authority’s drought response, Schildhouse asked Beck if the Ramona district has adequate water supply to tackle a fire in dry conditions.
“I’m just asking for a statement of confidence,” Schildhouse said.
Beck deferred the question to Barnum, who said the board cannot discuss items that are not on the agenda. Schildhouse turned to legal counsel to get an opinion.
“It’s appropriate to ask a question on a subject that’s raised,” responded Ron Ball with Best Best & Krieger LLP, the district’s legal counsel.
After Schildhouse repeated his question, Beck said the board would move on to committee reports, which elicited a comment from Schildhouse that he did not get an answer.
“I’m running this meeting,” Beck responded, but allowed Barnum to provide an answer.
Barnum said there is plenty of water to put a fire out, but he added it depends on the fire and future conditions.
“If the drought continues, that could change,” he said.
At the end of the meeting, Schildhouse gave a list of agenda requests that included a presentation by legal counsel on board policies, what board members should be doing, rules and regulations for compensation, and what constitutes a quorum, as well as moving the meeting time so more members of the public can attend.
A later start time was requested in early 2013 by Division 2 Director Kit Kesinger, who has not been at a meeting since April 2013. Kesinger said he cannot make 2 p.m. meetings because he works in El Cajon. The time was changed from 4:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in July 2012. Kesinger was elected to a four-year term in 2010.
Barnum told the Sentinel the next board meeting, Feb. 25, will include a Policy 1 workshop. The board will meet at 2 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
In other business:
•Directors awarded a construction contract to TC Construction Company Inc., which provided a $770,000 bid for site improvements for the Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project. The project will run a natural gas line to the station and add a new pump that can run on both electricity and natural gas to provide a dependable power source if electricity goes out.
TC Construction came in $4,000 higher than the lowest bid, which did not have the minimum required experience, according to district staff. The project total is estimated at nearly $2 million.
•The board authorized a contract for Bartle Wells Associates to conduct a rate and fee study for the San Vicente Sewer Service Area. The study is expected to cost $20,000.
The Bulldogs’ varsity wrestling squad won the Valley League championship after dominating Del Norte High School on the road in a 66-9 victory to earn sole possession of the league title.
Six Bulldogs registered pins and four received forfeits, which put 60 team points on the scoreboard.
Jordan Castro (108) started off the match with a pin over Preston Nichols in 1:22 as only three of the 14 bouts went the full six minutes.
For the second consecutive year, Ramona High School’s girls water polo team went undefeated in Valley League play and won the league championship.
“League champion, that’s huge,” said coach Donnie Williams.
A 13-6 victory Feb. 12 at Del Norte High School concluded the Bulldogs’ league season.
Cal Fire/Ramona crews battled a nasty garage fire on Old Julian Highway that sent the odor of smoke wafting through eastern Ramona Sunday evening.
The fire in a two-car attached garage in front of a duplex at 283 W. Old Julian Highway erupted around 6:20 p.m., according to Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser. Forty minutes later, crews gained the upper hand on the blaze, knocking down the flames with no injuries, he said.
The garage was about 90 percent destroyed, but no one was hurt and no residents were displaced, the fire captain said, noting the cause was under investigation.