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Couples can ‘tie the knot,’ renew vows in county building on Valentine’s Day


Couples wishing to “tie the knot” or renew their wedding vows have the opportunity to do so at the historic County Administration Center for their wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
“We have decided to open our downtown location for walk-in services on Valentine’s Day to accommodate all those wanting to be married on this special occasion,” said Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., San Diego County assessor/recorder/county clerk.
The downtown San Diego office at 1600 Pacific Highway will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for licenses and ceremonies. Reservations can be made by calling 619-237-0502.
Appointments are recommended and will receive priority, but will not be required on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day 2014 falls on a Friday and comes before the three-day President’s Day weekend.
The cost of a non-confidential marriage license is $70. A confidential marriage license is $89. Couples wanting to be married at the County Administration Center by county staff will be charged an additional $88. The county will have witnesses available, if needed, for an $18 fee.
Marriage licenses and civil ceremonies are also available in county offices in El Cajon, 200 S. Magnolia Ave.; San Marcos, 141 E. Carmel St.; and Chula Vista, 590 Third Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required for these locations and can be made at 619-237-0502.
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Ramona Community Planning Group meets tonight

Ramona Community Planning Group, 7 p.m., Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St. Among agenda items: minor use permit for AT&T Mobility project at 516 Maple St., consider change of eight-plus acre parcels to “O” animal designator in county Zoning Ordinance Cleanup, storm slope damage repair along Mussey Grade Road, consider supporting $5,000 grant to benefit community, appoint subcommittee chairs, and updates on Santa Maria Creek cleanup, Park Land Dedication Ordinance Priority List, Design Review Board and Village Design Group.

Water board reduces sewer connection fee


The $20,000 sewer connection/mitigation fee for the Santa Maria Sewer Service Area has been reduced by about $7,000.

Directors of the Ramona Municipal Water District adopted the new fee of $13,090 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) at its Jan. 28 board meeting by a 4-0 vote. Director Kit Kesinger was absent.

Oak Tree Ranch ownership proposal may be appealed to county supervisors

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In a split vote, county planning commissioners on Friday denied a proposal to convert Oak Tree Ranch units to resident ownership. Commissioners opposing the change referred to ambiguity about what would or would not be allowed without California Environmental Quality Act review.

Oak Tree Ranch president Bert Caster is expected to appeal the decision to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Design review has two vacancies

Anyone interested in filling one of two vacancies on the Ramona Design Review Board is invited to its Jan. 30 meeting.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. It meets the last Thursday of each month.

Members Michiyo Kirkpatrick and Debi Klingner have resigned for business reasons.

Water District to hold public hearing today on sewer connection/mitigation fee


Tuesday, Jan. 28—The Ramona Municipal Water District will hold a public hearing on recommendations to reduce the Santa Maria sewer connection and mitigation fee during its Board of Directors meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

The $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee has been proposed to be reduced to $13,090 and to be renamed “sewer capacity charge.”

‘Cleanup’ language irks many vintners


Of the estimated 100 people who attended the county’s Jan. 17 workshop on proposed revisions to the Tiered Winery Ordinance, about 23 spoke, with the majority from the Ramona area and in opposition to the changes.

“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” said Elaine Lyttleton of Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, speaking as a representative of the Ramona Valley Vintners Association. “We would urge no changes to the ordinance as currently written.”

Littlepage property owner wants downzoning reconsidered


For 150 years Jeanine Hawkins’ property has been in her family’s hands, but in the past 20 years the county has chipped away at her property rights, down-zoning it 800 percent., she said.

When Hawkins inherited the property on Littlepage Road, named after her family, it was zoned to allow one dwelling unit per 10 acres, she said. That was changed to one dwelling

Consultant recommends cutting sewer connection fee at Santa Maria plant


Ramona Municipal Water District’s controversial $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee that has been blamed for stifling business growth in town could be reduced by a third — to $13,090.

Residents and business owners will have a chance to comment on the proposed change at a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

Project manager updates residents on San Vicente Road project schedule


San Diego County’s Department of Public Works anticipates it will seek construction bids for the San Vicente Road Improvement Project by early March and begin construction in September.

The department plans to ask the county supervisors for permission to advertise for construction bids at their Feb. 26 meeting, Steve Ron, project manager, said in an email. Once bids are received, the department will award a contract to the lowest bidder, probably in late spring, said Ron.