Category archives for: Ramona

Ramona’s all-class reunion, book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner, Tire Amnesty Day among upcoming events in town

Ramona’s all-class reunion, book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner, Tire Amnesty Day among upcoming events in town.

Car fire causes morning traffic back-up on SR-78

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Fire officials respond to a car fire on state Route 78 near Ramona Highlands Road Wednesday morning around 11:40. No one was reported injured but traffic was stopped in both directions until a tow truck could remove the vehicle.

County approves money for basketball court in Collier Park

By next spring, residents will be able to play basketball on one of the two tennis courts in Collier Park.

County supervisors on Wednesday approved $70,620 of Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) money to convert the northern tennis court into a basketball court. Collier Park is in the 600 block of E Street. The supervisors’ action authorized the advertisement for bids and subsequent award of a construction contract for the project.

Proposed changes affect homestays, farmers’ markets, microbreweries

Proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that include changes related to agricultural areas are available for public review and comments until Aug. 11.

County Planning and Development Services released the California Environmental Quality Act public review of the zoning ordinance on June 26. It is available at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html and in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.

Sheriff’s reports: Vandals cause $2,000 damage at Ramona High School

A vending machine in the middle of the Ramona HIgh School’s campus was knocked over and broken, causing $2,000 worth of damage, reports the sheriff’s Ramona station. The vandalism was believed to have occurred between 8 p.m. July 7 and 8 a.m. July 8.

Among other reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

Compromise opens door for resident ownership at Oak Tree Ranch

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A compromise between County of San Diego staff and the Caster family that owns Oak Tree Ranch will allow units to be converted to resident ownership.

San Diego County supervisors in May expressed support for converting 119 Oak Tree Ranch units off Black Canyon Road to resident ownership, but they were unwilling to override county counsel’s advice that approval of the proposal violates state law. Instead, they continued the hearing so Oak Tree representatives could provide a new map that covers only the 199 unit spaces and not the entire 255 spaces allowed in a 1965 zoning variance.

Fire closes Mission Trails Regional Park till Tuesday

Sunday, July 13—One firefighter suffered heat-related injuries today while fighting a brush fire in Mission Trails Regional Park that consumed nearly 100 acres before being largely contained, a fire official said.

Smoke from the fire is visible and the smell of smoke is evident in portions of Ramona, primarily San Diego Country Estates.

A total of 18 firefighting ground crews, four helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft were battling the blaze that was reported about 2:15 p.m. near the park’s visitor center along Father Junipero Serra Trail.

“Ground crews worked on the fire — which was on the side of Kwaay Paay

Mountain — in very difficult terrain that was hard to reach,” San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The fast-moving blaze was about 70 percent contained at 5:15 p.m., he said.

Because of high temperatures, there were fewer hikers in the park than on a normal Sunday. All of them were successfully alerted and evacuated after the fire began, Swanson said.

The extent of the injuries to the firefighter was not known.

Authorities said fire crews will remain overnight performing mop-up operations on the remnants of the blaze.

Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego will be closed to visitors Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, Swanson said.

Food and Clothes Closet partners with county to reduce food waste

With the help of Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona is a pilot study for the county’s “Take a Bite out of Waste” program to reduce the amount of edible food that goes into landfills.

By businesses donating produce and other food that is still edible but has exceeded its shelf life to be distributed to families in need, the program becomes a win for residents, businesses — who can save money on disposal costs — and the environment, said a consultant working with the county on the project.

Ramona 4-H, FFA win big at San Diego County fair

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Ramona 4-H and Future Farmers of America members once again returned from San Diego County Fair with top awards. Among them are Kaylin vanTol, Christopher Wier, Brenna Alvarez, Jazmine Zwicker and Carney Flinn.

After two years of earning supreme reserve champion designation at the San Diego County Fair for a veal calf she raised, Kaylin vanTol settled for reserve champion dairy calf at the 2014 San Diego County Fair.

July 4 Parade in Country Estates

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Residents and visitors line both sides of the street to watch the annual Independence Day Parade staged by San Diego Country Estates. This year’s event featured 34 entries ranging from young Boy and Girl Scouts to members of the sheriff’s Volunteer Mounted Patrol.

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