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Commissioners approve village plan, hold off on re-zone for big box store


Both the proponents and the opponents of a proposed re-zone that could pave the way to a big box store on H Street claimed a partial victory after a decision by the county Planning Commission on June 12.

“We kind of won,” said Jim Hagey, owner of the 20 acres behind the Stater Bros. shopping center.

However, David Glassford, who is a neighbor of Hagey’s property and opposes a big box, expressed a similar reaction.

Planners say no to commercial at SR-67/Dye


The idea of new commercial business at the corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road was quickly shot down by Ramona Community Planning Group members after a presentation from a real estate agent.

Janet Worsham said she represents four property owners, whose lots total 4.11 acres at the corner of SR-67 and Dye Road. The lots are zoned agriculture, A70. The sellers are interested in a lot merge and a commercial zoning variance for C37 zoning, she said.

Village center plan, zoning request to go before planning commission Friday

Ramona Village Design Group’s proposal for Ramona’s town center will be considered at the San Diego County Planning Commission meeting Friday, June. 13.

The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the County Operations Center Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave. San Diego.

Along with Ramona’s Village Center plan, commissioners will be considering a similar proposal for Alpine’s town center.

Fire department receives grant for equipment


The sovereign nations of Barona and Sycuan have donated 75 percent of the $93,452 Ramona Fire Department needs to buy three new cardiac monitor/defibrillator units for two ambulances and a medic engine.

“Desperately need these,” Battalion Chief Burke Kremensky told Ramona Municipal Water District directors at their May 27 meeting. Kremensky said the new units will replace the district’s 13-year-old cardiac monitor/defibillators.

County Planning Commission cancels Friday’s meeting

San Diego County Planning Commission has canceled its May 16 meeting due to the local fire emergencies.

The planning commission was scheduled to review the Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code and consider recommending that it be included as an amendment to the zoning ordinance, and consider adoption of the Ramona Design Review Guidelines. Those items will be on the agenda of the next regular planning commission meeting, set for June. 13.

Water district says power outages not affecting water, sewer services

The Ramona Municipal Water District said it has received several calls from concerned customers as to whether power outages will affect water or sewer services in Ramona.

RMWD General Manager David Barnum said the district has backup power for the Santa Maria and San Vicente sewer plants and electricity is working for the Poway Pump Station.

As of 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, there were no major water and sewer operational issues impacting RMWD customers, said Barnum.

State law blocks homeowners’ request to own land

By Joe Naiman San Diego County supervisors expressed support for converting 119 Oak Tree Ranch units off Black Canyon Road to resident ownership, but they were unwilling to override County Counsel’s advice that approval of the proposal violates the California Environmental Quality Act. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote continued their May 7 hearing to July 9 [...]

County celebrates opening of Waterfront Park

County Waterfront Park.FEATURE

Fireworks boomed, scissors snipped a 1,600-foot-long ribbon, and fountains of water soared toward the sky — all hailing Saturday’s opening of San Diego County’s new Waterfront Park downtown.

Crowds of people participated in the festivities at the 12-acre park’s formal opening to the public.

“Today, with the opening of this park, we’re making history,” said San Diego County Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob. “The idea of a special gathering spot on our downtown bayfront has been dreamed about for decades. Now we have the good fortune to deliver on that dream. We have created a world-class landmark that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations.”

The county’s newest park features a civic green along the entire western side of the park with room for 3,900 people on the north lawn and 2,900 on the south lawn, grand promenades and an elevated terrace that wraps around the west side of the building. An 830-foot-long fountain runs nearly the length of the park, and its jets shoot water 14 feet into the air. The fountain’s basins create a one-inch-deep splash area for children.

County moves to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco


San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave tentative approval to an amendment to the county code to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned.

If approved on a second vote May 20, the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices will be banned in county buildings and parks, and public buildings in unincorporated areas.

County launches Alzheimer’s Project with focus on cure and care


San Diego County supervisors on Tuesday launched a plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease, the third leading cause of death in San Diego County.

“A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a death sentence — at least right now,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “It’s time to team up and take on this killer.”