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Regional water agency declares Level 1 Drought Watch, seeks voluntary conservation


San Diego County Water Authority directors voted unanimously today to call for stepped-up conservation measures in the face of California’s drought.

The board, at a special meeting, declared a Level 1 Drought Watch and activated the agency’s Water Shortage and Drought Response Plan to preserve water reserves in case dry conditions continue into next year and.

Commercial property owners file lawsuit over Ramona sewer fees


The property owners of several commercial establishments in town have filed a civil complaint against the Ramona Municipal Water District, alleging that the district’s equivalent dwelling unit-based wastewater fees are unlawful and invalid.

The class action suit was filed in San Diego Superior Court Jan. 13 on behalf of Eugene Plantier, who owns the property at 109 10th Street where Mariscos Mar De Cortez is located; Progressive Properties Inc., which owns the Day Promenade office building at 850 Main St.; and Premium Development LLC, which owns the properties at 620 and 626 Main St., the latter being the Ramona Mainstage building. All are customers of the water district.

Meth takes toll in region, county reports

Methamphetamine killed a near-record 217 people in the region in 2012, a recent report shows.
Four of those deaths occurred in Ramona, according to the county medical examiner’s office. Three lived in Ramona, and one was an Escondido resident. All were male.
From 2008 to 2012, the number of people in the region who died because of meth increased by 55 percent, from 140 in 2008 to 217 in 2012, according to the most recent Methamphetamine Strike Force Report Card.
More than 60 percent of meth deaths (133) in 2012 involved people between 40 and 60 years of age. The percentage of meth deaths in this age bracket was almost identical to the figure in 2008. The 10-year age bracket with the greatest number of meth deaths (69) was 50 to 59 years of age. And 13 deaths (or 6 percent) were people older than 60.
The Ramonans whose deaths were meth-related were 27, 30 and 51 years old, the county reported. The Escondido man was 43.
“While San Diego County is no longer the meth capital of the world, people’s lives are still being turned upside down because of this deadly and addictive drug,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, who led the effort to create the Meth Strike Force in 1996. “Make no mistake. Meth is death. The number of meth deaths reported in 2012 was the second highest since the Meth Strike Force began tracking deaths in 1995.”
Those who suffer from a meth addiction or who suspect drug activity in the community may call the Meth Hotline at 1-877-662-6384. Drug treatment resources are available. Meth crime also can be reported online at The calls and reports are confidential.

Creelman residents voice disapproval with SDG&E


A group of residents along Creelman Lane are not sitting idly by as San Diego Gas & Electric continues its plans to build a solar project along their dirt road.

Although the project was not on the Feb. 6 agenda of the Ramona Community Planning Group, four residents spoke about it during the public communications portion of the meeting.

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.”