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Design review members ponder next step in new zoning plan

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How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.

Trustees extend bond oversight committee application deadline to Oct. 8

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Ramona Unified School District trustees extended the deadline for applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Oct. 8.

Details are on the district website, www.ramonausd.net. Applications are on the district’s website, in the superintendent’s office at 720 Ninth St. and in all school offices in the district.

The original deadline for applications was Sept. 26. Superintendent Robert Graeff told trustees at their meeting Tuesday evening that only eight applications had been received.

The oversight committee must have at least seven members, and state law based on Proposition 39 California voters approved in 2000 requires committee members must represent specific factions of the community.

Trustees expect to make committee appointments at their Oct. 14 meeting. If voters approve Measure Q, the district’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot, the committee’s role will be to ensure that bond money goes where voters intended and to keep the public informed of bond expenditures.

Ramona Tea’d to explore ‘The Left’s Unholy Alliance with Militant Islam’ on Saturday

“The Left’s Unholy Alliance with Militant Islam” will be the topic discussed at the Ramona Tea’d free public forum on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Dr. Jamie Glazov will be the guest speaker. Glazov, whose father and mother, Yuri and Marina Glazov, were Soviet dissidents during the Leonid Brezhnev period, left the Soviet Union for Canada in 1972. He is a television host, author, historian and managing editor of David Horowitz’s Freedom Center FrontPage Magazine.
Glazov specializes in Soviet studies and U.S. and Canadian foreign policies.
The forum will be in Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main St. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Selected videos will be shown from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Food and drinks are available on site.
For more information, see www.ramonatead.com

District 50 Congressional candidates debate at Cuyamaca College on Sept. 26

Cuyamaca College will host the only debate between Rep. Duncan Hunter and challenger James Kimber in the campaign for the 50th Congressional District seat.
The debate is set for Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater, Building B, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, in Rancho San Diego.
“As an integral part of the East County community, Cuyamaca College is honored to host this debate between Congressman Duncan Hunter and James Kimber, as it will provide our students and area residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the political process,” said Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic.
The debate is sponsored by Veterans Campaign, a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization with a mission to train veterans to run for public office. Kimber, a Democrat who works as a physician assistant, is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the service. Hunter, a Republican who has been a Congressman representing the area since 2009, served in the Marine Corps and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Cuyamaca College has been ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteran-friendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine, and is the only community college in San Diego County to earn that distinction.
Debate moderators will be Seth Lynn, executive director of Veterans Campaign and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. Luna also heads the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the debate begins. Candidates will have a 3-minute opening statement and a 1-minute rebuttal before questions begin.
There will be no cost for parking. Lots 1 and 2 provide the most direct access to the theater.
The sprawling 50th Congressional District includes Ramona, most of eastern and northern San Diego County, and stretches as far north as Temecula. Election Day is Nov. 4.

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Ramona Design Review Board meets Sept. 25

Ramona Design Review Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Topics on the agenda include: site plan reviews for Salerno Winery, new signage for Starbucks, and increase in size of previously approved signage for Albertsons; waiver request for Stater Bros. to replace deteriorated monument sign; and preliminary review for Mountain View Community Church.

Water board moves forward on projects directors say will benefit Country Estates

More recycled water and increased storage at Fire Station 81 were two items approved by the water board that directors said will benefit San Diego Country Estates residents.

Ramona Municipal Water District directors voted 3-0 Sept. 9 to authorize the district’s general manager to execute a contract with Enaqua for a third reverse osmosis (RO) unit at the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant to generate more recycled water. Voting were directors George Foote, whose Division 5 covers a portion of the Estates, Joe Zenovic and board president Darrell Beck. Director Rex Schildhouse, representing Division 3, which

Director walks out of water board meeting in protest

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Upgrades to the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant and Fire Station 81, both of which serve San Diego Country Estates, were recommended by the three Ramona Municipal Water District directors who sat through the entire Sept. 9 meeting, as one director walked out early following an angry encounter with board president Darrell Beck.

It was the third or fourth meeting this year that Director Rex Schildhouse, who represents a portion of the Estates in his Division 3, walked out of a meeting after clashing with other directors. He told the Sentinel he did so in

County invites public to learn about and comment on community grants, low-income assistance funding

A public meeting to solicit comments regarding affordable housing, low-income assistance and federal Community Development Block Grants will be hosted by the county’s Department of Housing & Community Development on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.
The county receives federal funds to create affordable housing opportunities, assist low-income residents and improve neighborhoods in unincorporated areas. To receive the funds the county must develop a five-year plan — the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan — that will analyze community needs and set funding priorities, along with an annual plan that will allocate funds to specific projects.
In addition to obtaining public input, the meeting will provide information on applying for next year’s Community Development Block Grant funds. The application deadline is Oct. 24.
In the past, the county has allocated federal funds to street and sidewalk improvements, community park improvements, fire equipment, community and senior center improvements, development of affordable rental housing units, programs to assist home buyers and to assist homeowners with needed repairs, housing, operations and services for homeless residents, and housing and services for residents with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The federal funds must be used primarily to assist low- and moderate-income residents, including special needs groups such as elderly persons, severely disabled adults and homeless persons. Low- to moderate-income for a family of four is at or below $63,100 annually, and at or below $44,200 annually for an individual.

School board accepts applications for bond oversight committee

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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, www.ramonausd.net, at the top left under “Headlines.”

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