Since taking command of the sheriff’s Ramona substation, Lt. Rich Williams has immersed himself in the community and has focused on learning about wildfire risks and the hazards and environmental obstacles the Santa Maria Creek bed poses.
Williams replaced Lt. Hank Turner, who was promoted to captain and assigned to the San Diego Central Courthouse. Turner’s last day was Sept. 4; Williams took charge the next day.
“He gave me a great pass-down,” Williams said of Turner. “I think most of us try to leave things better than we find them, and that’s going to be a small challenge when things are going well. Things are definitely going well here. We have really, really good people working here across the board and the community support’s been great.”
The 43-year-old Williams, who lives with his family in North County, has spent a lot of time this past month driving around Ramona to learn the area. He has a
How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.
Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.
In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.
She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.
Ramona Trails Association Board members will discuss upcoming events at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. The public is welcome.
Among RTA events that will be discussed are the Turkey Trot in November, Christmas caroling in December and a third Winery Ride to five wineries.
RTA annual membership is $25 per family.
Sun Valley Council Parent Teacher Association, the umbrella organization for the PTAs at eight of Ramona’s public schools, held a Barbecue Hoedown this month where principals, unit presidents, some administrators and school board members, and Sun Valley officers discussed goals for the year, what is going well and what can be done better.
Investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Ramona substation and San Diego County Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary in Ramona.
On Feb. 4, a woman living in the 16000 block of Peace Valley Lane reported that approximately $64,000 worth of items had been stolen from her home, including jewelry, 152 antique miniature books, $500 in quarters, seven autographed Major League Baseball cards, and two watches, Crime Stoppers reported.
Ramona Unified School District trustees extended the deadline for applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Oct. 8.
Details are on the district website, www.ramonausd.net. Applications are on the district’s website, in the superintendent’s office at 720 Ninth St. and in all school offices in the district.
The original deadline for applications was Sept. 26. Superintendent Robert Graeff told trustees at their meeting Tuesday evening that only eight applications had been received.
The oversight committee must have at least seven members, and state law based on Proposition 39 California voters approved in 2000 requires committee members must represent specific factions of the community.
Trustees expect to make committee appointments at their Oct. 14 meeting. If voters approve Measure Q, the district’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot, the committee’s role will be to ensure that bond money goes where voters intended and to keep the public informed of bond expenditures.
ALATEEN, 6 p.m. Arriba Teen Center, 1710 Montecito Road. To help teens ages 13 to 19 deal with relatives and friends who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs.More: www.alanonsandiego.org.
“The Left’s Unholy Alliance with Militant Islam” will be the topic discussed at the Ramona Tea’d free public forum on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Dr. Jamie Glazov will be the guest speaker. Glazov, whose father and mother, Yuri and Marina Glazov, were Soviet dissidents during the Leonid Brezhnev period, left the Soviet Union for Canada in 1972. He is a television host, author, historian and managing editor of David Horowitz’s Freedom Center FrontPage Magazine.
Glazov specializes in Soviet studies and U.S. and Canadian foreign policies.
The forum will be in Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main St. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Selected videos will be shown from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Food and drinks are available on site.
For more information, see www.ramonatead.com
Cuyamaca College will host the only debate between Rep. Duncan Hunter and challenger James Kimber in the campaign for the 50th Congressional District seat.
The debate is set for Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater, Building B, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, in Rancho San Diego.
“As an integral part of the East County community, Cuyamaca College is honored to host this debate between Congressman Duncan Hunter and James Kimber, as it will provide our students and area residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the political process,” said Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic.
The debate is sponsored by Veterans Campaign, a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization with a mission to train veterans to run for public office. Kimber, a Democrat who works as a physician assistant, is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the service. Hunter, a Republican who has been a Congressman representing the area since 2009, served in the Marine Corps and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Cuyamaca College has been ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteran-friendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine, and is the only community college in San Diego County to earn that distinction.
Debate moderators will be Seth Lynn, executive director of Veterans Campaign and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. Luna also heads the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the debate begins. Candidates will have a 3-minute opening statement and a 1-minute rebuttal before questions begin.
There will be no cost for parking. Lots 1 and 2 provide the most direct access to the theater.
The sprawling 50th Congressional District includes Ramona, most of eastern and northern San Diego County, and stretches as far north as Temecula. Election Day is Nov. 4.