Ramona Unified School District trustees are expected to approve a bond consultant to steer them in the direction of putting a bond measure on the November ballot.
Urban Futures Inc., the firm that worked with the district in its 2012 unsuccessful bid for a $66 million bond, is the consultant district staff and others who served on the interview panel recommend. Trustees Kim Lasley and Dawn Perfect, teachers union president Cori McDonald and Sun Valley Council PTA President Kristina Krohne were on the panel with the district superintendent, assistant superintendents and senior director of education services.
LOVE YOUR HEART BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ramona LIbrary, 1275 Main St. More: www.LoveYourHeartSD.com.
CHILDREN’S ROYAL VALENTINE TEA PARTY, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Crafts, snacks and activities. Prince- or princess-style clothing encouraged.
•Grand theft of $50,000 worth of jewelry, 16600 block Peace Valley Lane.
•Theft by use of access card information over $950, 23600 block Atex Court.
•Petty theft of $50 automotive parts, $100 worth of fuel and $50 of tools, 100 block Fifth Street.
The property owners of several commercial establishments in town have filed a civil complaint against the Ramona Municipal Water District, alleging that the district’s equivalent dwelling unit-based wastewater fees are unlawful and invalid.
The class action suit was filed in San Diego Superior Court Jan. 13 on behalf of Eugene Plantier, who owns the property at 109 10th Street where Mariscos Mar De Cortez is located; Progressive Properties Inc., which owns the Day Promenade office building at 850 Main St.; and Premium Development LLC, which owns the properties at 620 and 626 Main St., the latter being the Ramona Mainstage building. All are customers of the water district.
Methamphetamine killed a near-record 217 people in the region in 2012, a recent report shows.
Four of those deaths occurred in Ramona, according to the county medical examiner’s office. Three lived in Ramona, and one was an Escondido resident. All were male.
From 2008 to 2012, the number of people in the region who died because of meth increased by 55 percent, from 140 in 2008 to 217 in 2012, according to the most recent Methamphetamine Strike Force Report Card.
More than 60 percent of meth deaths (133) in 2012 involved people between 40 and 60 years of age. The percentage of meth deaths in this age bracket was almost identical to the figure in 2008. The 10-year age bracket with the greatest number of meth deaths (69) was 50 to 59 years of age. And 13 deaths (or 6 percent) were people older than 60.
The Ramonans whose deaths were meth-related were 27, 30 and 51 years old, the county reported. The Escondido man was 43.
“While San Diego County is no longer the meth capital of the world, people’s lives are still being turned upside down because of this deadly and addictive drug,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, who led the effort to create the Meth Strike Force in 1996. “Make no mistake. Meth is death. The number of meth deaths reported in 2012 was the second highest since the Meth Strike Force began tracking deaths in 1995.”
Those who suffer from a meth addiction or who suspect drug activity in the community may call the Meth Hotline at 1-877-662-6384. Drug treatment resources are available. Meth crime also can be reported online at www.no2meth.org. The calls and reports are confidential.
An advisory committee tasked with recommending possible uses for about 70 acres of vacant Ramona Unified School District land will meet to hear suggestions from the public on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The hearing will be in the Wilson Administration Center Board Room, 720 Ninth St., at 5:30 p.m.
Two San Bernardino County residents were in custody in San Diego County Tuesday, accused of stealing personal information that included mail, credit cards and checks from more than 100 people in the county they reside.
A group of residents along Creelman Lane are not sitting idly by as San Diego Gas & Electric continues its plans to build a solar project along their dirt road.
Although the project was not on the Feb. 6 agenda of the Ramona Community Planning Group, four residents spoke about it during the public communications portion of the meeting.
A wildlife center in Ramona that for 30 years has been caring for injured birds, bears, bobcats and other animals unveiled a new $1 million veterinary clinic on Thursday.
The 13-acre center is operated by The Fund for Animals Wildlife, just off Highland Valley Road near the Ramona Grasslands. The group is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States and society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle flew in from Washington, D.C., for the clinic’s ribbon-cutting.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, is Parent Information Night for the families of potential Ramona Community School students — either the Montessori or the Mountain Valley program.
Ramona Community is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools. Its Montessori Academy includes grades kindergarten through 6, and Mountain Valley Academy (MVA), an independent study program, is for grades kindergarten through 12.