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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.”

Ramona planning group meets Thursday; water board meets Tuesday

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Ramona Community Planning Group, 7 p.m., Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St. Among agenda topics: San Vicente Road Improvement Project, Park Lands Dedication Ordinance priority list, consider removing floodplain designation from Durgin Street area in the Acres, consider removal of dead oak tree in right of way on Archie Moore Road south of Rancho De La Angel Road, update on Santa Maria Creek Cleanup, Ramona Design Review Board report, Village Design Committee report, new disclosure language, county meetings, planning group member absences, upcoming election. More: 760-445-8545.

Water authority board supports $7.5 billion state water bond

San Diego County Water Authority Board supports Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion state water bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The board vote on Thursday was unanimous. Representing Ramona Municipal Water District on the board, David Barnum, the district’s general manager, was among those voting. The Ramona district is one of the authority’s 24 member agencies.

County poised to start San Vicente Road project

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To provide information to residents and address concerns about the San Vicente Road Improvement Project that is set to begin Sept. 15, a community outreach meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane.

The public forum, to be facilitated by the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG), will include county staff and representatives from the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District, San

Planners critical of architecture for church expansion

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Presented with preliminary plans for Mountain View Community Church’s building expansion, Ramona Community Planning Group members responded by suggesting the architecture blend with the character of the community.

To do that, planners recommended the proponents take a look at the Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes that was adopted into the county zoning ordinance by the county supervisors on July 30 and provides architectural designs reflective of Ramona’s rural character.

Whooping cough cases surpass last year, say county health officials

The number of pertussis cases in San Diego County so far this year has surpassed the record set in 2010, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced.

The agency has tallied 1,183 confirmed diagnoses of the disease, also known as whooping cough, in 2014. The 2010 total was 1,179, according to the health agency.

Ramona planning group attracts 15 candidates

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Wednesday, Aug. 13—Fifteen citizens are vying for seven seats on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website today. Four are incumbents seeking re-election to the 15-member group that serves as an adviser to the county on planning and land use issues. The [...]

Creek bed cleanup hits bureaucratic snags

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Bureaucratic hurdles have stalled efforts by the Ramona sheriff’s station to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bottom, even as it continues to arrest criminals living and hoarding items among the bed’s vegetation.

Lt. Hank Turner of the Ramona station updated the Ramona Community Planning Group, a creek cleanup advocate, on the project during the planners’ Aug. 7 meeting.

Supervisors adopt Ramona Village Design plan

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A new zoning plan for Ramona’s town center that has been in the works for 10 years takes effect 30 days from its approval by San Diego County Board of Supervisors on July 30.

“This is a big day for Ramona,” Carol Fowler, vice chair of the Ramona Village Design Group, told the supervisors.

The Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes and a similar plan for Alpine, along with amendments to Fallbrook’s village zoning regulations were grouped together for adoption.

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