Category archives for: Ramona

Ramona Idol auditions, Summer Health Fair, ham radio Field Day and more on week’s calendar of events

Ramona Idol auditions, ham radio club holds Field Day, Summer Health Fair, farmers’ market, free car show among week’s happenings…..

Ramona crime reports: Social host party results in five arrests

A social host party in the 22300 block of Casa de Carol Road Friday night, June 20, resulted in several arrests, including minors, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Arrested were four males, ages 22, 21 and 18, on charges of drunk in public. An 18-year-old female was arrested for drunk in public and obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician.

High court says police need warrants to search smartphones

Wednesday, June 25—American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director called today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must get a search warrant before searching the contents of smartphones seized from arrestees revolutionary. The ruling stems from a 2009 case in which a San Diego police officer seized reputed gang member David Riley’s cellphone and found [...]

Application deadline Monday for Kiwanis of Ramona’s Glae McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Service to the community is what Ramona Kiwanis Club is seeking in candidates for its Glae McDonald Memorial “Children and Community First” Scholarship Program.
The club’s scholarship guidelines state that recipients “must have demonstrated a sincere desire to better themselves and their community, served as a positive role model with leadership potential and have a high degree of motivation necessary to succeed in their college or vocational school program.”
In addition to community service, awards will be granted based on student qualifications and financial need.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Ramona Unified School District high school or have received a General Education Development (GED) diploma no later than Aug. 31, 2014. Ramona graduates from previous years may apply.
Applications are available for download at
Application deadline is June 30.
For more information, contact Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado, Kiwanis Scholarship Committee chair at

San Diego County supervisors approve $5.08 billion budget

San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $5.08 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and a $4.87 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The budget for the upcoming year — about 1.6 percent larger than the current year — includes $1.9 billion for the county Health and Human Services Agency and $1.6 billion for public safety.
“The new budget reflects the county’s rock-solid finances, along with our efforts to spend money as prudently as possible and to make sure we’re doing right by taxpayers,” board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “It includes additional money for fire protection as we enter what could be another brutal wildfire season.”
Public safety spending will be around 5.6 percent higher than this year, with funding for new fire equipment and information technology and communications projects for the County Fire Authority, improvements to the regional communications system, and additional staff for the Sheriff’s Department.
HHSA spending will be reduced around 5 percent because of Medi-Cal changes. However, more than 350 staff years are being added to implement new responsibilities associated with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Ramona trustees poised to approve budget, place bond bid on Nov. 4 ballot


Ramona Unified School District trustees are poised to place a $40 million bond bid on the November ballot and approve a budget of nearly $50 million in a special session Thursday evening.

The June 26 meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

District approves water, sewer rate hikes



Water rates will increase by just under 3 percent July 1, while sewer rates will rise by 3 percent for San Vicente plant customers and by 6 percent for those served by the Santa Maria plant.
The Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved the new rates by a 3-0 vote with Director Rex Schildhouse opposing and Director Kit Kesinger absent. The district’s $36 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget was approved 4-0. The June 24 votes followed a public hearing that day that drew 10 people and a June 23 evening public budget presentation that attracted three residents.
In presenting the proposed rates Monday night, RMWD Financial Services Director Richard Hannasch said, “We’re very pleased this is much more of a moderate adjustment than we’ve seen over the past several years.”
Combined with the electrical charge to pump water from the Poway Pump Station, general treated water will increase 2.5 percent, from $5.51 to $5.65 per unit. A unit of water is about 748 gallons. Untreated water will see a 2.7 percent increase. Agricultural customers in the TSAWR discount program will be charged 2.7 percent more for treated water and 2.9 percent for untreated water.
The monthly water service fee, charged by meter size, will rise 2.9 percent.
Using the scenario that an average family consumes 14 units of water every month, Hannasch said the increase would amount to about 6 cents per day or $1.79 per month.
For customers of the San Vicente sewer plant, the 3 percent change means the annual charge will rise from $605.30 to $623.76. For Santa Maria customers, the yearly amount will go from $637.22 to $675.77. Capital replacement project funds in the new budget include $1.8 million for Santa Maria and $834,000 for San Vicente.
Hannasch explained that the district was able to adjust the initially proposed not-to-exceed 6 percent water rate hike after receiving notice from the San Diego County Water Authority in May that its rate were going up less than anticipated. The water authority, Ramona’s sole water supplier, has proposed rate increases of about 3 percent.
“It’s a significant achievement to hold the line as much as possible for our customers,” Hannasch said.

Water district invites public to Monday evening presentation on proposed budget

To give residents who cannot attend an afternoon meeting an opportunity to learn more about Ramona Municipal Water District’s 2014-15 budget, a public presentation will be held Monday evening, June 23, the day before directors are scheduled to adopt new rates.

The presentation by staff will start at 7 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. A public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rates will be held at the board meeting the next day, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the community center.

Officials to dedicate greenway staging area first day of summer


Ramona and regional officials will dedicate the staging area for the Santa Maria Creek Greenway on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The dedication will be at the San Diego County Parks & Recreation monument next to the Arriba Teen Center at 1710 Montecito Road.

CHP schedules sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint Saturday

California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) and driver license safety checkpoint somewhere within the unincorporated area of San Diego County on June 21.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated or unlicensed drivers,” said CHP Capt. Tim Lepper, El Cajon Area commander.