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Planners receptive to landowner’s town square vision

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Picture a town square with people strolling about, visiting with each other or dining at sidewalk cafes, and children fishing at a nearby pond. That’s a vision that Jim Hagey has for Ramona.

“I’ve been thinking about this for many years and I wanted to get your take on it,” Hagey told the Ramona Community Planing Group at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Governor’s budget proposal mixes increased spending with rainy day fund


Gov. Jerry Brown said today in San Diego that California’s finances are healthy, but long-term liabilities require a prudent state budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

Brown spoke at a news conference on the day he released his $155 billion proposed budget for 2014-15. He introduced his spending plan in Sacramento and also was going to speak in Los Angeles.

On the Agenda

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Thursday, Jan. 9

Ramona Community Planning Group, 7 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Among agenda topics: Montecito Ranch request for reductions in grading and blasting to reconfigure internal lots and internal road network; request from Jim Hagey to consider two visions for development of property on Ramona Street near Kelly Street;

Desalination plant 25 percent complete, water officials report

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The $1 billion water desalination plant being built in Carlsbad is 25 percent complete after one year of construction, and is on time and within budget, area water officials said Wednesday.

When complete in 2016, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere, converting enough ocean water into drinking water for 112,000 households annually, according to Poseidon Water, the project developer.

Montecito Ranch to seek grading, blasting changes

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A representative for Montecito Ranch, a 935.2-acre residential development, will present proposed grading and rock blasting changes for the project to the Ramona Community Planning Group on Jan. 9.

Consultant Chris Brown said the developers are requesting about a one-third reduction in grading and a reduction in blasting for the project that is slated to be built south of State Route 78, west of Ash Street, and north of Montecito Way, Summer Glen and Cedar Street.

Supervisors select Dianne Jacob as 2014 chairwoman


San Diego County Board of Supervisors today selected Supervisor Dianne Jacob as its chairwoman for a fifth time since being appointed in 1992.

“I plan to outline several initiatives that I believe will help serve as a roadmap in 2014,” Jacobs said, “We face an exciting and challenging year on several fronts

Pump station backup power project progresses


The backup power project for Ramona Municipal Water District’s Poway Pump Station is moving along with construction slated to begin in January and be finished in June or July.

“The whole idea is to get this thing on line before the next fire season,” said Mike Metts, the district’s contracted engineer. The project will add a natural gas line to the pump station that sits at the eastern edge of Poway near the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve and pumps water 1,000 feet uphill to Ramona. Because the pumps run only on electricity, they

Water district directors OK 4-year contract calling for 2 percent annual raise for workers


With its employee union contract expiring Dec. 31, Ramona Municipal Water District directors approved a new four-year contract that gives employees a 2 percent annual raise and increases employee contributions to pensions. A state law requires the increased employee pension contributions.

The contract also guarantees an annual cost of living increase (COLA) of 1 percent minimum and 3 percent maximum.

Neighbors of SDG&E solar project ask for paved road


Several neighbors of San Diego Gas & Electric’s Creelman Lane substation conceded they probably can’t stop the utility from building a solar array at the site, so they instead have a request: pave the dirt road leading to it.

That, however, may not be so easily accomplished, an SDG&E official told them.

Planners vote to delay two road projects to fund intersection improvements


It’s not a done deal yet, but the Ramona Community Planning Group unanimously voted Dec. 5 to delay two road projects so that their funding could be diverted to State Route 67/Highland Valley/Dye Road intersection improvements.

The idea was suggested by county staff after the planning group learned that Caltrans’ project report on the intersection improvements was “collecting dust” because no money was available to move forward. Caltrans has developed ideas that it believes will help improve traffic flow at that intersection.