Category archives for: Government

Proposition Q = Measure Q

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What’s in a name? Apparently not as much as the county Registrar of Voters office led Ramona Unified School District officials to believe in early September, when it told the district it was changing the name of all local propositions to measures.
Propositions are state proposals and measures are local proposals, the registrar’s office told the district.
When voters began receiving sample ballots this month, they noticed that the district’s $40 million bond bid is Prop Q on the ballot and Measure Q in the Voter Information section.
“Ramona voters should keep just one thing in mind as they approach the polls,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Graeff wrote on the district’s Facebook page. “…Prop Q and Measure Q are the same exact initiative in support of the Ramona Unified School District. In short, Q = Q.”

Director’s No vote ends water board meeting

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Ramona Municipal Water District’s board meeting Oct. 14 abruptly ended after two minutes because a vote to adopt the agenda failed, 2-1, so no agenda items could be addressed.

After the vote in which director Rex Schildhouse was the lone dissenter, board president Darrell Beck said he could not conduct a meeting without an agenda and therefore had to close the meeting.

Only three of the five directors were at the meeting — Beck, Schildhouse and Joe Zenovic. Director George Foote was absent and Director Kit Kesinger has not attended a meeting in the past 1-1/2 years.

Three votes, a majority, were needed to adopt the agenda.

It wasn’t the first time Schildhouse did not approve adoption of the agenda. He voted no at the Sept. 9 meeting and abstained at the Aug. 12 meeting.

“I can’t get anything on the agenda, so I’m not going to approve it,” Schildhouse told the Sentinel. He has been at odds with the board since February over the requested format to place items on the agenda, as well as other complaints.

Schildhouse said he felt bad for members of the public who attended the meeting, but added, “I voted to my principles. It wasn’t to punish the board.”

Palomar Health board election attracts 14 candidates

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Fourteen candidates are running for four seats on the Palomar Health Board in the Nov. 4 election. The boundaries of the taxpayer-supported, public health district include Ramona, Julian and Inland Corridor communities, and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Of the 14 candidates, 11 responded to a questionnaire by the deadline. One of the candidates, Dr. Marcelo R. Rivera, is a Ramona resident. Other candidates are: Dale Bardin, a businessman/technology specialist; Dara

Voters will select seven of 14 planning group candidates

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Voters will select seven of 14 candidates vying for a seat on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election. Each is for a four-year term. The 15-member elected group advises the county on planning and land use issues.

Monday is last day to register to vote in Nov.4 election

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Monday, Oct. 20, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election.

If you’ve moved, changed your name or aren’t registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day.

Ramona voters will choose three of five school board candidates

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Five candidates are on the Nov. 4 ballot for three seats on the Ramona Unified School District Board. Seeking election to four-year terms are Joyce Daubert and Richard Lemire and incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody.

Voters invited to ‘Meet the (school board) Candidates’ tonight

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Sun Valley County Parents Teachers Association will host a forum featuring Ramona Unified School District candidates tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The “Meet the Candidates” event will be in the Ramona High School Performing Arts Wing, 1401 Hanson Lane.

Transportation and Trails Subcommittee fixes open meeting law violation

Informed of a state open meeting law, or Ralph M. Brown Act, violation after a vote last month on new Transportation and Trails Subcommittee members, the chair of the subcommittee re-visited the vote Sept. 29 to take the required steps. Six applicants were seeking to fill three seats on the nine-member board, which is a [...]

Community Development Block Grant applications due on Oct. 24

Applications for Community Development Block Grants, administered through the county for projects benefiting community needs, are due by Oct. 24.

The county’s Department of Housing and Development held a public meeting in Ramona Sept. 23 to talk about the requirements for the federally-funded grants as well as to identify housing needs, homelessness and special needs for its 2015-19 Consolidated Plan. The county department is also asking the public to complete a community needs survey by Oct. 24.

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.

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