A public meeting to solicit comments regarding affordable housing, low-income assistance and federal Community Development Block Grants will be hosted by the county’s Department of Housing & Community Development on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.
The county receives federal funds to create affordable housing opportunities, assist low-income residents and improve neighborhoods in unincorporated areas. To receive the funds the county must develop a five-year plan — the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan — that will analyze community needs and set funding priorities, along with an annual plan that will allocate funds to specific projects.
In addition to obtaining public input, the meeting will provide information on applying for next year’s Community Development Block Grant funds. The application deadline is Oct. 24.
In the past, the county has allocated federal funds to street and sidewalk improvements, community park improvements, fire equipment, community and senior center improvements, development of affordable rental housing units, programs to assist home buyers and to assist homeowners with needed repairs, housing, operations and services for homeless residents, and housing and services for residents with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The federal funds must be used primarily to assist low- and moderate-income residents, including special needs groups such as elderly persons, severely disabled adults and homeless persons. Low- to moderate-income for a family of four is at or below $63,100 annually, and at or below $44,200 annually for an individual.
Team Ramona Beauties seventh annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Ramona Wrangers 4-H signups and Ramona Skatepark Champions meeting are among activities slated for the coming week.
Ramona Unified School District’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot has had a name change: Proposition Q is now Measure Q.
Propositions are state ballot items, and local ballot proposals are measures, reports the San Diego Registrar of Voters.
“We received word today from the Registrar of Voters that they are changing the name of all local ballot propositions to Measure and dropping the term of Proposition,” Superintendent Robert Graeff said in an email. “Apparently, San Diego is the last county in the state to make this change. So Prop Q is now Measure Q.”
Members of the newly formed Ramona Skatepark Champions invite the public to their meeting in Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
The group, which holds public meetings the third Monday of each month in Town Hall, is establishing a grass-roots effort to realize their goal of a skatepark in Ramona. The park will be part of the Ramona Intergenerational Community Campus in the 1200 block of Main Street behind Ramona Library.
In the organizational stages, the group met in mid-August to learn from Terry Burke-Eiserling of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark the process that group followed and to hear about Ramona’s prior skatepark efforts. See www.ramonaskatepark.org for details and the group’s Facebook page.
Two sheriff’s SWAT teams served search warrants at 7 a.m. Tuesday that resulted in the arrests of four people along with seizure of a firearm and methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.
In the 1400 block of Montecito Road Jeffrey Hodson, 48, was arrested, suspected of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and for warrants, said Sgt. John Boyce at the sheriff’s Ramona station.
A warrant was also served in the 1000 block of Via Alegre Drive. Three people were arrested: Gina Scruggs, 44, suspected of felony possession of methamphetamine and other criminal charges, and Alan Castro, 20, and Justine Glenn, 19, both
The approximately 200 residents attending a public meeting Monday on the San Vicente Road construction project learned ways in which the construction team will notify and update residents on aspects of the project, plans for traffic control and, to the applause of many, that the tree known as the Cedar Dog will remain in place.
County staff also asked that those who have placed memorials honoring loved ones killed in accidents on San Vicente Road remove their items before the road improvement construction starts on Sept. 15.
Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain and flash flooding are expected in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts again today, as are strong rip currents and elevated surf along the coastline, forecasters said.
A National Weather Service flash flood watch will remain in effect through this evening in the mountains and deserts, as a deep monsoonal flow in the atmosphere draws moisture from the subtropics north through Southern California.
Residents who want to learn more about construction of the San Vicente Road Realignment Project, set to begin Sept. 15, are invited to a public outreach meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School.
Facilitating the meeting will be the Ramona Community Planning Group, San Diego County Department of Public Works, Ramona Municipal Water District and Flatiron West, project contractor.
Ramona High’s varsity football team wins a nail-biter 7-6 today versus Point Loma, reports Sentinel sportswriter Nancy Sapper.
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A small airplane used to tow gliders into the air crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport today, and one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital with moderate injuries.
The small “tow plane” crashed about 12:15 p.m. today southwest of the Warner Springs Gliderport, which is at 31930 State Route 79 in Warner Springs in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.