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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

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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.”

Town square gains support


By Karen Brainard Jim Hagey jumped two hurdles May 1 in his quest to develop a town square on his Elliott Pond property between Ramona and 16th streets behind the Stater Bros. shopping center. “The idea is to create a very fun town square,” said Hagey, adding that the proposed retail, cafés and activities by [...]

Drought spawns concerns of wells running dry


Drought conditions have prompted Ramona Municipal Water District to revise the use of excess groundwater at the district’s Well Field Park, also known as Ramona Community Park.

Board president Darrell Beck said he is concerned that by August a lot of wells in Ramona will be running dry.

About four wells of varying age and depth, dating back to RMWD’s precursor, the Ramona Irrigation District, are at Well Field Park, said David Barnum, the district’s general manager. The district leases the park to the Ramona Parks and Recreation Association, which uses the untreated well water, stored in a tank, for irrigation.

Water district plans evening budget presentation

To give residents who cannot attend an afternoon meeting an opportunity to learn more about Ramona Municipal Water District’s 2014-15 budget, a public presentation will be held Monday evening, June 23, the night before the water board is scheduled to adopt new rates.

The budget presentation by staff will be held at 7 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. A public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rates will be held at the board meeting the next day, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the community center.