Ramona Community Planning Group, 7 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Among agenda topics: county staff report on San Vicente Road Improvement Project trail divider revision; State Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road intersection project report; Caltrans Route 67 Median Barrier Feasibility Study; Santa Maria Creek cleanup letter to wildlife agencies; update on Park Land Dedication Ordinance priority list; county zoning ordinance amendment related to signs in public right of way; parking prohibition on I Street near day care for special needs children; report on Montecito Ranch at Planning Commission; and reports on Ramona Village Design Group and Design Review Board.
The fate of Director Christopher “Kit” Kesinger’s Division II seat on the Ramona Municipal Water District Board is in the hands of his constituents, say board members.
With Kesinger absent for his eighth consecutive meeting Aug. 27, the other four directors steered away, by a 4-0 vote, from sending him a letter asking for his voluntary resignation after he indicated he would not do so. Kesinger requested he be allowed to vote on meeting items either remotely or by proxy.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Ramona Design Review Board, 7:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. AMCAL multi-family housing review, signage for 99¢ Only Store®, design review standards, sign violations, and Ramona Village Design Group update.
Monday, Aug. 26
Ramona West End Fire Safe Council and Country Estates Community Relations Department Wildfire Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Ramona Oaks Park, 25341 Pappas Road. Topic: “Wildfire! Is Your Home Ready?” “Be Ember Prepared” video, safety demonstrations. Free. More: firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-445-8545
California Department of Parks and Recreation has responded to a lawsuit seeking to suspend the open riding policy at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).
The state filed a demurrer with Superior Court of Sacramento that argues the petitioners, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and The Desert Protective Council, cannot ask a court to intervene and tell State Parks how to operate the recreational area. The demurrer states that the petitioners want to control management of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA.
San Diego County Planning Commission modified the off-site road improvement requirements of the Montecito Ranch development, but a pathway on Montecito Way will remain 8 feet wide as originally proposed.
Commissioners approved the modifications Aug. 16 by a 5-1 vote with Michael Beck opposed and John Riess abstaining.
The Montecito Ranch developer had sought to reduce the pathway width to 5 feet on Montecito Way, as well as on other roads, and to reduce the required width of other off-site road improvements.
Having missed his seventh consecutive meeting of the Ramona Municipal Water District Board on Tuesday, Director Kit Kesinger will be asked to voluntarily resign by the other four board members.
Kesinger is director of RMWD’s Division II on the west side of town.
The directors agreed that board President Darrell Beck should draft a letter of reprimand, request voluntary resignation and give Kesinger a time period in which to respond. The board plans to review the draft letter at its Aug. 27 meeting.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Ramona Unified School District Board, 7 p.m., Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St. Among agenda items: District’s unaudited actuals as of June 30, report on standardized testing, administrative leadership team compensation agreement, employee union reports, superintendent’s report, trustees’ reports, district policy revisions. More: ramonausd.net.
Although the county Board of Supervisors unanimously gave approval Aug. 7 to initiate eminent domain proceedings on two San Vicente Road parcels, county staff said it still hopes to reach agreements with the property owners.
“We would much prefer to resolve it amicably,” said Terry Rayback, program manager of the county Department of Public Works’ Land Use Environmental Group and Capital Improvement Project Development.
A revised tentative map with road modifications for the Montecito Ranch project will go before the county Planning Commission on Friday, Aug. 16.
The commission meets at 9 a.m. in the County Operations Center Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego.
Montecito Ranch, a 935.2-acre project for 417 single-family homes, an 8.3-acre active park, an 11.9-acre historic park and 571.2 acres of biological open space, is planned to be built one mile northwest of the Ramona Town Center, south of State Route 78 and west of Ash Street. The supervisors approved the original vesting tentative map Aug. 4, 2010.