Friday, Feb. 21—The sheriff’s Ramona station arrested five people this week — four of them today — on suspected drug-related charges, and seized a total of 7.2 grams of heroin, .2 grams of methamphetamine and $580 in cash, reported Lt. Hank Turner.
On Wednesday, detectives from the Ramona substation conducted surveillance on a residence in the 1500 block of Wilson Road, he said. Around 5:45 p.m. detectives observed a male that was a suspect in a drug sale in
In an apparent effort to gain consensus, two Ramona Unified school trustees and Superintendent Robert Graeff will review a proposed contract with Urban Futures Inc. and renegotiate with Isom Advisors, the Urban Futures division that will work as bond consultant for the district.
The school board’s 5-0 vote came after trustee Bob Stoody expressed concerns about what he called possible land mines in the proposal.
Two tow trucks are responding to the scene of a two-truck collision at Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente roads, according to the California Highway Patrol website.
The accident was reported at 5:08 p.m. and, according to the CHP, is near a 25 mph curve in the road. One truck is in the road and one is off the road and 20 feet down, reports CHP, noting no injuries are reported.
The northbound lane will be blocked until the accident scene is cleared.
Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.
Thursday, Feb. 20—San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported yesterday that 43 people in the county had died so far this season of flu-related causes. They ranged in age from 26 to 100 and most had underlying medical conditions, according to the county report.
While the number of cases of the flu have dropped the past three weeks, county health officials said the flu season typically lasts through March and early April, so people should continue taking preventive measures.
The H1N1 flu virus contributed to the death of Mountain View Community Church’s senior pastor, Charles Youngkin, last week. A memorial service will be held at the church, 1191 Meadowbrook Way, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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Family and friends will gather at Mountain View Community Church this weekend to celebrate the life of Senior Pastor Charles Youngkin.
Known as Charlie, the vibrant 60-year-old’s sudden death Feb. 12 is being attributed, in part, to the H1N1 flu virus.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate Ramona Unified School District’s efforts to help students improve in their classes? How would you rate its communication between home and school, efforts to encourage parents to become more involved in the schools, and school safety, morale and appearance?
If projections for the 2014-15 school year prove true, Ramona Unified School District will experience its 12th year of declining enrollment.
Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann’s report to trustees on Feb. 13 shows a projected enrollment of 5,598 students next school year. That’s 132 fewer than the 5,730 students in classrooms this school year.
The meeting time of the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will once again be reconsidered, this time at the request of Director Rex Schildhouse.
The Division 3 director said 10 to 12 constituents have told him they would like the meetings, held at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, changed to a later time. Schildhouse proposed 7 p.m.
That was one of several agenda requests Schildhouse had Feb. 11 after a heated exchange between him and Darrell Beck, board president.
Schildhouse complained at the start of the meeting that an agenda request he submitted Feb. 4 was not included on the meeting’s agenda. Instead, he said, the request led to a note in his director’s mailbox and four or five phone calls, one between Beck and General Manager David Barnum, that determined the item should not be added to the agenda.
Beck refuted the claim that he and Barnum decided by phone the item should not be on the agenda.
Barnum told the Sentinel that Schildhouse’s request had to do with board information and meeting procedures that are covered in Policy 1 of the district’s Legislative Code. Barnum said he put a copy of Policy 1 in each director’s mailbox and asked Schildhouse if he wanted the Legislative Code chapter addressed at a meeting. The general manager said there seems to be a misunderstanding. He also noted that directors must write an agenda memo on a requested item.
According to Barnum, he had a phone conversation with Beck on procedural aspects of meetings.
After Barnum gave his general manager’s report at the Feb. 11 meeting, which included information about the San Diego County Water Authority’s drought response, Schildhouse asked Beck if the Ramona district has adequate water supply to tackle a fire in dry conditions.
“I’m just asking for a statement of confidence,” Schildhouse said.
Beck deferred the question to Barnum, who said the board cannot discuss items that are not on the agenda. Schildhouse turned to legal counsel to get an opinion.
“It’s appropriate to ask a question on a subject that’s raised,” responded Ron Ball with Best Best & Krieger LLP, the district’s legal counsel.
After Schildhouse repeated his question, Beck said the board would move on to committee reports, which elicited a comment from Schildhouse that he did not get an answer.
“I’m running this meeting,” Beck responded, but allowed Barnum to provide an answer.
Barnum said there is plenty of water to put a fire out, but he added it depends on the fire and future conditions.
“If the drought continues, that could change,” he said.
At the end of the meeting, Schildhouse gave a list of agenda requests that included a presentation by legal counsel on board policies, what board members should be doing, rules and regulations for compensation, and what constitutes a quorum, as well as moving the meeting time so more members of the public can attend.
A later start time was requested in early 2013 by Division 2 Director Kit Kesinger, who has not been at a meeting since April 2013. Kesinger said he cannot make 2 p.m. meetings because he works in El Cajon. The time was changed from 4:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in July 2012. Kesinger was elected to a four-year term in 2010.
Barnum told the Sentinel the next board meeting, Feb. 25, will include a Policy 1 workshop. The board will meet at 2 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
In other business:
•Directors awarded a construction contract to TC Construction Company Inc., which provided a $770,000 bid for site improvements for the Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project. The project will run a natural gas line to the station and add a new pump that can run on both electricity and natural gas to provide a dependable power source if electricity goes out.
TC Construction came in $4,000 higher than the lowest bid, which did not have the minimum required experience, according to district staff. The project total is estimated at nearly $2 million.
•The board authorized a contract for Bartle Wells Associates to conduct a rate and fee study for the San Vicente Sewer Service Area. The study is expected to cost $20,000.
Since 1779 there have been 57 presidential elections. Many have yielded interesting and amazing stories, and Michael Harrison, deputy district chief for Congressman Duncan Hunter, will present some of these unusual facts when he speaks to the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society at its potluck dinner Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited. The get-together will be in the Barnett Barn on the grounds of the Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St.
Those attending are asked to bring a salad, main dish or dessert to serve eight.
Harrison’s avocation is history, especially the history of the country and government. A Ramona resident, Harrison has worked in Washington, D.C., first for Hunter’s father and now for the Congressman.
The museum, featuring the 1886 Verlaque House, is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information about the potluck meeting or the museum, call 760-789-7644.