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Proximity to fire limits some hospital services today

Thursday, May 15—Services at some North County hospitals will be limited today because of their proximity to a fire that has burned about 700 acres south of state Route 78 in San Marcos and damaged or destroyed several buildings.
All elective surgeries today at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, were canceled, although the hospital and emergency room are scheduled to remain in operation, according to hospital officials. Inpatient surgeries will continue as scheduled, or as needed.
Elective surgeries were canceled at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus at 555 East Valley Parkway in Escondido. Hospital officials said all emergency services would remain operational and inpatient surgeries would also continue as scheduled, or as needed.
All hospital and emergency services are fully operational at Pomerado Hospital at 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway.
Kaiser Permanente’s San Marcos Medical Offices, 400 Craven Road, is scheduled to be closed until this afternoon. Kaiser officials said representatives would contact those with appointments to reschedule.
Kaiser Permanente members can get updates on closures, appointments and schedules by calling 619-662-5656.

Wednesday power outages affect nearly 3,400

Update, 11:20 a.m. — SDG&E estimates power will be restored for nearly 3,000 customers by 5 p.m. today. Those customers, residential and business, are in portions eastern, southern, and western Ramona, Ramona’s town center, Highland Valley,Iron Mountain and Barona. The weather has caused a problem in the electric system, states the utility on its website.

Wednesday, May 14, 9:50 a.m. — For the second day in a row, San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting power outages throughout Ramona with one, affecting 377 customers, “initiated to protect public safety,”

Power outages affect thousands with winds gusting to 40 mph


Weather-related power outages affected 6,200 customers in the Ramona area on Tuesday, according to San Diego Gas & Electric, but the community avoided wind-whipped fires affecting other portions of the county.

The outages began at 2 a.m. in some sections of town. Around 10 a.m. customers in Highland Valley, and portions of town center and southern, eastern and western Ramona lost power. For most customers, power was restored between 1 and 2 p.m., said SDG&E.

Register by May 19 for June 3 primary election

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San Diego County residents have one more week to register to vote in the June 3 primary election, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said Monday.
“If you’ve moved recently or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” Vu said. “If you go online, the process is quick, easy and convenient.”
The online form at is provided in English, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.
If the applicant’s signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, it will automatically be sent to the registrar. If the signature is not confirmed, the voter will be instructed to print the form, sign it and mail it to the registrar.
For voters without access to a computer, the forms are also available at the Registrar of Voters office, U.S. Post Offices, city clerk offices, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.
All forms must be postmarked or delivered to the registrar of voters no later than midnight on May 19.
The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is May 27, according to Vu.
The primary election includes races for governor and other statewide offices; a congressional campaign between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, businessman Kirk Jorgensen and surgeon Dr. Fred Simon Jr.; a battle for county supervisor between incumbent Bill Horn and Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood; a challenge to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis from lawyer Robert Brewer and ex-prosecutor Terri Wyatt; and council races in several San Diego County cities.

Hot, windy spell prompts wildfire alert

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Dry, hot and windy conditions this week add up to increased fire danger, authorities warn.

High-pressure systems will strengthen along the West Coast through Thursday, bringing much warmer daytime temperatures, along with low humidity levels and strong air currents from the east and northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials call for critical fire weather starting 6 Sunday morning

Strong, gusty winds developed today in parts of San Diego County and combined with hot, dry conditions were expected to up the risk for wildfires.

A National Weather Service high wind warning for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts was scheduled to extend until midnight. Then, a Red Flag Warning for mountains and inland valleys was scheduled to take effect at 6 a.m. Sunday.

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.

Planners recommend roads for county maintenance work

As requested by the county, the Ramona Community Planning Group has submitted a priority list of road maintenance projects.

The county provided a lengthy list of county-maintained roads in the community and indexed each by its condition. Transportation and Trails Subcommittee members Jim Cooper, Scotty Ensign and Dawn Perfect drove around the community to inspect roads on the list and presented their recommendations to the planning group. Safety and extent of deterioration were factors when considering the roads for the list, said Cooper.

Thief targets unlocked vehicles in Estates

Five unlocked vehicles in the Estates were targeted by a thief between late Friday night, April 25, and early Saturday morning, April 26, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

No information was available before going to press on what items were stolen from the vehicles, but Lt. Hank Turner said the thief only focused on unlocked cars.

“An easy way to stop it is to lock your car,” he said. He also said people should not leave valuables in open view in their vehicles as a thief can break a window to gain access.