A powerful Pacific storm is expected to pound San Diego County with heavy rain and strong winds starting late tonight.
The National Weather Service issued several advisories for the region, saying up to 3 inches of rainfall in coastal and valley areas, 3 to 5 inches in the mountains and up to an inch in the deserts would pose a threat of flash flooding and other road hazards through much of the weekend.
Approximately 40 acres Ramona Unified School District purchased for $1.19 million in 1999 is on the district’s surplus land list.
Three of the district’s five trustees — Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody — supported the recommendation of the Surplus Property Advisory Committee to declare the land behind Ramona High and Olive Peirce Middle schools surplus. Two — Dawn Perfect and John Rajcic — voted present.
A tentative ruling in San Diego County Water Authority’s lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District found that Metropolitan’s rates violate state law.
Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ruled Tuesday that rates Metropolitan adopted and imposed in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 violate several state statutes as well as Proposition 26, which sets the conditions under which taxes and fees can be increased, according to the water authority.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night fire that started as a vehicle fire and spread to the garage at 2006 Via Rancho Dos Ninas off Dye Road.
No injuries were reported and all of the animals were found safe, reported Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.
Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. On arrival, they found a vehicle on fire in front of the home. The garage attached to the home that was about three-quarters on fire, reported Ramirez.
Crews concentrated on extinguishing the garage fire to prevent spread into the main part of the house, said Ramirez.
Occupants of the home had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived but reported they had not found all of their four dogs and eight cats. Firefighters searching for the possible extension of fire into the main house located some of the missing pets in the smoke filled home. All pets were found alive and reunited with their owners, according to the report.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 1:30 a.m. Sunday working on salvage and overhaul, noted Ramirez.
The origin of the fire was the vehicle parked in front of the house, but the cause is as yet unknown. Damage estimate was approximately $70,000.
With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.
A soccer feud continues between two groups in Ramona with one filing a legal complaint against the other.
In November 2012, a group of parents split from Ramona Soccer League (RSL) to form Ramona Futbol Club (RFC) to create a higher level of competitive play and coaching. Since the split, which group should retain certain soccer equipment and portable lights has been in dispute.
Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station invites the public to attend his Citizen’s Advisory Group meeting in the sheriff’s station, 1424 Montecito Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.
The meetings offer an opportunity for dialogue between the Sheriff’s Department and the community on law enforcement concerns, issues and priorities.
For more information, contact Barbara Wallace at 760-738-2425.
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.