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On the Agenda: Parks Subcommittee meets July 29; Design Review Board, July 31

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Parks Subcommittee of Ramona Community Planning Group, 6:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Status update on current PLDO (Park Lands Dedication Ordinance) projects: Amphitheater fencing, sod and seed (approved for $27,500), Ramona Soccer League field Expansion ($150,00), Skateboard park development ($90,000), Girls Softball LED scoreboards ($40,000), Collier Park tennis court conversion to basketball courts ($70,620), Ramona High School baseball/softball fencing and dugouts ($100,000), community athletic complex ($250,000), Barnett Elementary School playground project ($75,000).

San Diego County invites public to MSCP workshop

The county will conduct its Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Report Workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, at its operations center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego.

Residents are invited to learn about regional habitat conservation accomplishments and goals, according to the county. Local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies will give an update on lands preserved for the approved MSCP and on MSCP projects completed in 2013 in the southwest portion of the count

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.

Compromise opens door for resident ownership at Oak Tree Ranch

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A compromise between County of San Diego staff and the Caster family that owns Oak Tree Ranch will allow units to be converted to resident ownership.

San Diego County supervisors in May expressed support for converting 119 Oak Tree Ranch units off Black Canyon Road to resident ownership, but they were unwilling to override county counsel’s advice that approval of the proposal violates state law. Instead, they continued the hearing so Oak Tree representatives could provide a new map that covers only the 199 unit spaces and not the entire 255 spaces allowed in a 1965 zoning variance.

High court says police need warrants to search smartphones

Wednesday, June 25—American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director called today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must get a search warrant before searching the contents of smartphones seized from arrestees revolutionary. The ruling stems from a 2009 case in which a San Diego police officer seized reputed gang member David Riley’s cellphone and found [...]

San Diego County supervisors approve $5.08 billion budget

San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $5.08 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and a $4.87 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The budget for the upcoming year — about 1.6 percent larger than the current year — includes $1.9 billion for the county Health and Human Services Agency and $1.6 billion for public safety.
“The new budget reflects the county’s rock-solid finances, along with our efforts to spend money as prudently as possible and to make sure we’re doing right by taxpayers,” board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “It includes additional money for fire protection as we enter what could be another brutal wildfire season.”
Public safety spending will be around 5.6 percent higher than this year, with funding for new fire equipment and information technology and communications projects for the County Fire Authority, improvements to the regional communications system, and additional staff for the Sheriff’s Department.
HHSA spending will be reduced around 5 percent because of Medi-Cal changes. However, more than 350 staff years are being added to implement new responsibilities associated with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Water district invites public to Monday evening presentation on proposed budget

To give residents who cannot attend an afternoon meeting an opportunity to learn more about Ramona Municipal Water District’s 2014-15 budget, a public presentation will be held Monday evening, June 23, the day before directors are scheduled to adopt new rates.

The presentation by staff will start at 7 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. A public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rates will be held at the board meeting the next day, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the community center.

Commissioners approve village plan, hold off on re-zone for big box store

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Both the proponents and the opponents of a proposed re-zone that could pave the way to a big box store on H Street claimed a partial victory after a decision by the county Planning Commission on June 12.

“We kind of won,” said Jim Hagey, owner of the 20 acres behind the Stater Bros. shopping center.

However, David Glassford, who is a neighbor of Hagey’s property and opposes a big box, expressed a similar reaction.

Planners say no to commercial at SR-67/Dye

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The idea of new commercial business at the corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road was quickly shot down by Ramona Community Planning Group members after a presentation from a real estate agent.

Janet Worsham said she represents four property owners, whose lots total 4.11 acres at the corner of SR-67 and Dye Road. The lots are zoned agriculture, A70. The sellers are interested in a lot merge and a commercial zoning variance for C37 zoning, she said.

Village center plan, zoning request to go before planning commission Friday

Ramona Village Design Group’s proposal for Ramona’s town center will be considered at the San Diego County Planning Commission meeting Friday, June. 13.

The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the County Operations Center Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave. San Diego.

Along with Ramona’s Village Center plan, commissioners will be considering a similar proposal for Alpine’s town center.

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