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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.

High winds to continue till 5 p.m. today, weather service reports


For the third consecutive day, strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds were expected to blow throughout much of San Diego County today.

The National Weather Service scheduled a high wind warning — signaling winds strong enough to cause damage — for the valleys and mountains until 5 p.m., saying isolated gusts today were likely to measure 60 to 80 miles per hour in the mountains and foothills, and 40 to 60 mph in the inland valleys.

SDG&E reports power outages across Ramona

Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m.—Approximately 2,800 customers are affected by power outages in southern, eastern and western portions of Ramona, along with the Highland Valley area, Barona and Iron Mountain, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. The utility says the outages are due to the weather causing a problem with the electrical system. The power outages began around 11 a.m. SDG&E has not estimated when power will be restored.

Trailhead residents concerned over increased traffic


Neighbors of the Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead in San Diego Country Estates told forest service officials Wednesday that traffic from hikers was again increasing on their residential streets.

The 75-permit-per-day system for the trail was working, many said, asking why the forest service increased that number to 91 before the “spring spike” occurred.

Cindy Venolia said residents fear the forest service will raise the maximum permit use even more.