Category archives for: Backcountry

Littlepage property owner wants downzoning reconsidered


For 150 years Jeanine Hawkins’ property has been in her family’s hands, but in the past 20 years the county has chipped away at her property rights, down-zoning it 800 percent., she said.

When Hawkins inherited the property on Littlepage Road, named after her family, it was zoned to allow one dwelling unit per 10 acres, she said. That was changed to one dwelling

Two motorcyclists injured in separate accidents Saturday


Two motorcyclists suffered major injuries in separate incidents in the backcountry on Saturday, California Highway Patrol reported.

One motorcyclist was hospitalized following a collision with an SUV that occurred at the intersection of state Route 78 and Payson Drive about 2:24 p.m., according to a CHP dispatcher.

Governor declares drought emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown today declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures.

State officials say this winter is shaping up as the driest in California history and the third consecutive dry year.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” Brown said. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in

Red flag warning extended till 6 p.m. Friday

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Thursday, Jan. 16—A red flag wildfire warning was in effect today in the region’s valleys and mountains for a fourth consecutive day due to lingering heat, high winds and dry air.
The National Weather Service alert, set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday, advises the public to be mindful of critical combustion hazards in the subject areas.
The warning, issued Monday and initially set to expire on Wednesday evening, has been extended twice.
The forecast called for sustained winds up to 30 mph out of the northeast and gusts up to 60 mph, coupled with daytime humidity levels as low as 5 percent.
The arid, unseasonably warm conditions were expected to persist into the weekend, coupled with weakening winds, forecasters said.

Cleveland National Forest sends engines to wildfire in Angeles National Forest north of Glendora


Cleveland National Forest officials have sent seven engines — two single engines and a strike team of five engines and a strike team leader — to support the Colby Fire that started on the Angeles National Forest at approximately 5:50 this morning.
The fire is burning near Morris Reservoir north of Glendora and as of 9 a.m. had charred 125 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The forest service may send additional personnel to the Colby Fire but said it will continue to maintain adequate coverage in the event that any fires occur on the forest. The Cleveland National Forest abuts the eastern edge of Ramona.

Deputies arrest three for grand theft of AT&T property

The sheriff’s Ramona substation arrested three men around 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at Highland Valley Court and Highland Valley Road in connection with grand theft of AT&T property valued at $10,000, according to reports.

The men, ages 31, 32 and 44, are suspected of grand theft of stolen copper materials, damage to power connecting lines, and conspiracy to commit crime, the report stated.

SR-78 lane blocked near Santa Ysabel due to accident

Update, Monday, 12:15 p.m. — Both lanes of State Route 78, 1-1/2 miles east of State Route 79, are open following an accident at 10:49 a.m. involving an overturned pickup truck and minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol.

Governor’s budget proposal mixes increased spending with rainy day fund


Gov. Jerry Brown said today in San Diego that California’s finances are healthy, but long-term liabilities require a prudent state budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

Brown spoke at a news conference on the day he released his $155 billion proposed budget for 2014-15. He introduced his spending plan in Sacramento and also was going to speak in Los Angeles.

Supervisors sign off on road signs


San Diego County Board of Supervisors tentatively agreed to amend the county’s zoning ordinance and sections of the county code to allow community and special event signs and banners along county rights of way in unincorporated areas.

The flags currently are banned, but community groups have been asking for the prohibition to be repealed so they can promote their neighborhoods.

Desalination plant 25 percent complete, water officials report

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The $1 billion water desalination plant being built in Carlsbad is 25 percent complete after one year of construction, and is on time and within budget, area water officials said Wednesday.

When complete in 2016, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere, converting enough ocean water into drinking water for 112,000 households annually, according to Poseidon Water, the project developer.