Efforts are under way to ensure the Ramona Airport air traffic control tower stays open despite federal funding hanging in balance, according to Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office. “We’ll take every action …to work with community leaders to make sure that it remains open,” said Michael Harrison, deputy chief of staff in Hunter’s El Cajon office [...]
San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to take the first step toward creating a comprehensive renewable energy plan for the unincorporated areas of the county.
Supervisors voted to spend up to $300,000 so the county’s Department of Planning & Development Services can form a Renewable
Sep 26 2013 | Posted in Government
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San Diego County officials today marked the completion of a 250-space underground parking garage at the County Administration Center.
The 96,000-square-foot structure replaced the outdoor lot, which was removed to make way for a waterfront park.
The garage includes 178 spaces, which will become available for the public starting Monday.
Now that the garage is finished, work on the park will get going in earnest, according to county officials.
“Next spring, we hope to open the waterfront park in its entirety with what we call the Jewel on the Bay, the County Administration Center, at the center of a beautiful park setting encompassing 15 acres and an 830-foot-long fountain and promenade,” said Greg Cox, chairman of the board of supervisors.
Supervisor Ron Roberts said converting the lots on the north and south sides of the county building into a park with shade trees, public art, theme gardens and a fountain is “a long-held dream.”
With the garage in use, the south side entrance to the County Administration Center will reopen Monday and the north side entrance and outdoor parking lot will be closed, county officials said.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Ramona Unified School District Board, 7 p.m., Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St. Among agenda items: Report on Common Core State Standards and Funding, report on student enrollment, request to prepare recommendation for a general obligation bond in November 2014, begin process for Request for Qualifications for Energy Services for Districtwide Energy Conservation, district’s initial proposal to California School Employees’ Association in contract reopening, reports from employee union representatives, report on
Sep 19 2013 | Posted in Government
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The county anticipates construction on the San Vicente Road Improvement Project will start in the spring.
Steve Ron, project manager with the Department of Public Works (DPW), gave a presentation to the Ramona Community Planning Group at its Sept. 5 meeting, informing members that a post and rope barrier can be added between the proposed pathway and the
As those Ramonans who have been charged the state’s annual $150 fire fee begin to receive their next round of bills, efforts are under way to declare the fee an unconstitutional tax.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the two-year fee, said a hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 21 in Sacramento but the state’s lawyers are trying to delay resolution. The state has filed a second demurrer asking the court to dismiss the case without hearing any evidence, said the taxpayers association.
Bills are scheduled to be mailed to thousands of rural and semi-rural property owners in San Diego County, beginning Sept. 25, Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office reported, based on information from the state.
Jacob, who has been an outspoken critic of the fee, advises property owners to pay the annual tax within 30 days but write “under protest” on the notation line of the check, in case the suit prevails and refunds are issued.
She also suggests going to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s site, www.firetaxprotest.org, and click on “Refund,” to download a petition to challenge the fee.
Ramona Community Planning Group’s Parks and Recreation Subcommittee will consider proposals for Park Land Dedication Ordinance money at its meeting Monday, Sept. 16.
Sep 13 2013 | Posted in Government
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A traffic light likely will be installed next year at the intersection of 10th and H streets to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians, according to county staff.
The county Department of Public Works secured a federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant for $900,000 for the signal, said Terry Rayback, program manager of DPW’s Land Use Environmental Group and Capital Improvement Project Development. He expects to seek authority from county supervisors to advertise the project late this year and begin construction in early 2014.
The debate continues as to whether concrete barriers down the center of State Route 67 would be a safety improvement with Ramona Community Planning Group members weighing in at their Sept. 5 meeting.
Caltrans unveiled its State Route 67 Median Barrier Feasability Project at a public meeting Aug. 23. Five options are proposed: a concrete barrier, a metal barrier, a high tension cable barrier, a median buffer, and “no build,” meaning no changes would occur. The project area is from Willow Road in Lakeside to Shady Oaks Drive in Ramona.
Renderings of the AMCAL affordable workforce housing project proposed for Robertson Street caught Ramona Design Review Board members a bit by surprise Aug. 29, and they tabled a site plan review vote until next month after offering architectural suggestions.
“I don’t look at that and think rural,” said Rob Lewallen, whose re-appointment to the board is pending approval by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.