Developing Ramona economically and creating more community amenities captured a majority of the discussion at the Ramona Community Revitalization Steering Committee meeting Nov. 20 in the library’s community room.
Reports by subcommittee chairs included efforts to bring more visitors to Ramona and create more business opportunities, and updates on the Ramona Intergenerational Community Campus (RICC) and recreation projects.
Ramona resident Michael Raher has been appointed general manager of the Ramona Sentinel. Phyllis Pfeiffer, vice president and general manager of U-T Community Press made the announcement on Monday. Raher replaces Rob Laverty, who left to pursue other interests.
“I am passionate about this town; I absolutely love Ramona,” Raher said. “I love the Ramona Sentinel and truly believe it is the best choice for any business wanting to advertise their products and services.”
A mock gun that was reported missing from the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) equipment trailer at Ramona High School on Nov. 16 was found on the campus property two days later, according to the sheriff’s Ramona substation.
Among other reports at the Ramona station:
When it comes to road projects in Ramona, many residents have opinions and different priorities.
Recent news that two road projects could possibly be delayed to fund improvements for the State Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road intersection was brought up at the Ramona Community Revitalization Steering Committee meeting hosted by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob on Nov. 20.
Traffic backups at Main and 13th streets, caused by those in line at the Starbucks drive-through, was discussed as a safety issue by the Ramona Community Planning Group and its Transportation and Trails (T&T) Subcommittee.
T&T Chair Carl Hickman told the planning group at its Nov. 7 meeting that vehicles typically line up from the Starbucks’ driveway onto Main Street during the morning rush hours.
A 25-year-old man was jailed today on suspicion of carjacking his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in Ramona.
Ricardo Macedo-Frausto and an unknown companion in one vehicle followed the victim in his vehicle from the San Pasqual Valley area into Ramona, eventually stopping in the 2400 block of Main Street early Sunday evening, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. John Boyce.
Cuts in food stamps and other aid, combined with rising food prices, are creating an increased need at Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, a grassroots organization that’s been helping those in need in Ramona and the backcountry for the past 30 years.
“We gave out a record number of food bags in the last month,” DeeAnn Anderson, service manager and volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit headquartered in the Thrift Store at
The Ramona High School Auto Dawgs opened their competition season by taking first and second place in the National Hot Rod Association/Army Automotive Competition at Pomona Fairgrounds.
Ramona has opened its season at Pomona the past seven seasons with wins, said Mike Saavedra, RHS automotive teacher.
A motorcyclist from Canada and a Borrego Springs woman were injured in a collision on State Route 78 east of Julian around 11:20 a.m. Nov. 21, reported California Highway Patrol.
According to reports, the male motorcyclist, driving a 2006 Harley Davidson, was eastbound on SR-78, east of San Felipe Road, when he entered a curve in the road, traveling approximately 35 to 40 mph. At the same time, the female driver of a 2002 Saturn SL1 was westbound on SR-78, entering the same curve from the opposite direction, said CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein.
By receiving grant funding, Ramona Municipal Water District hopes to implement a project at the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant that would increase the amount of recycled water produced and decrease the cost of brine hauling.
Brine is the reject water produced after recycled water goes through the reverse osmosis treatment at the San Vicente plant. The treatment meets salt restrictions associated with