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Journal APRIL 15, 2014

Volume 3 • Number 7

By Ruth Lepper ~ the journal

Ramona Municipal Water District’s coffers are richer by $239,791 thanks to a refund from the Association of California Water Agencies/ Joint Powers Insurance Agencies. The check was presented to the board of directors at its April 8 meeting. JPIA is a partnership of water agencies within the state that provides cost-effective forms of risk management to member agencies. Because of RMWD employees’ active involvement with programs offered by JPIA, the district became eligible for the refund. A total of 56 staff members, past and present, attended more than 600 classes and programs.

Wings of Freedom Tour to Stop at Ramona Airport


Tour cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, and free for World War II veterans. Visitors may also take 30-minute flights aboard the B-17 or the B-24 for a $450 donation per person. P-51 flights are also available. The tour travels the nation as a flying tribute to the World War II flight crews, ground crews, builders, soldiers, sailors and airmen, and the citizens and families they helped protect. For flight reservations and information, call 800-568-8924 or visit The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit organization. n

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wonderful job.” Knutsen, along with executive committee members Kathleen Tiegs and Melody McDonald, made the presentation to the RMWD board. The funding comes from the Rate Stabilization Fund. “The partnership we enjoy between the two groups is good,” Tiegs said. “Kudos to your staff. ACWA is here for you. We are your advocate. There are a lot of state water issues going on right now.” Board President Darrell Beck congratulated district staff on earning the refund. “This is a direct result for a longstanding safety program we have here at RMWD,” he said. “It’s a direct result of the care and pride

From left are Melody McDonald, RMWD Director Joe Zenovic, W.D. “Bill” Knutsen, directors Darrell Beck and George Foote, and Kathleen Tiegs with a refund check to the district from the Association of California Water Photo by Ruth Lepper Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agencies.

“You don’t get a check like this for nothing,” W.D. “Bill” Knutsen, a member of the ACWA/JPIA executive committee, said. “It’s because of hard work and the policies you set. You’ve done a

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Mustang saved countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, as America rebuilt, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum and few were spared. Guests will be able to visit, explore and learn about the planes inside and out. Many are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. April 23 and will be on display until 5 p.m. On April 24, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 25, 9 a.m. to noon. Following the Ramona Airport stop, the tour will move to McClellanPalomar Airport in Carlsbad.


The B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51 flying in formation.

viation enthusiasts and war history buffs will enjoy an exciting display at Ramona Airport when the Wings of Freedom Tour flies into town, marking its 25th anniversary. The tour is presented by The Collings Foundation. World War II aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang, will be on display April 23 to 25 at Chuck Hall Aviation, 2898 Montecito Rd. The B-17 and B-24 were famous during the American war effort from 1942 to 1945 for their ability to sustain damage and carry on with their missions. The P-51

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By Ruth Lepper ~ the journal

teve Foster has fought fires from one end of California to the other. He has been on the line at the Oregon border and, closer to home, the California border with Mexico. That was in 1988, back in his firefighting days. Since then, he’s moved up the ranks and was recently hired as battalion chief/fire marshal for Ramona Fire Department. He replaces Saul Villagomez, who retired at the end of 2013. Foster brings a vast resume with him, having worked in the fire-protection business for more than 30 years. Before taking over in Ramona, Foster was battalion chief for Cal Fire in Valley Center. He has been with Cal Fire for 26 years. Born in Ilion, N.Y., Foster flip-flopped back and back and forth between becoming a policeman or a firefighter. When his family relocated to Riverside, the teenage Foster began focusing more on the firefighting end of a career choice. “We all had that period when we’re not quite sure what we want to do,” he reminisced. “A friend of mine had joined a volunteer program at Riverside Fire

Ramona Fire Department Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Steve Foster. Photo by Ruth Lepper

Department. He talked me into doing it. I went down to the fire station and put my application in, and they accepted me. That was the start of it.” He was 17 at the time, and he’s never strayed from his choice of careers. As a local resident, Foster views his job with Ramona Fire Department as an extension of his community service. “I live in the community,” he said. “You want to be part of the community. This is a good way to give back by working in the community.” As part of the fireprevention side of his job as fire marshal, Foster is in charge of making sure

local businesses are up to speed on state fire codes and regulations. “We do annual inspections for businesses,” Foster explained. “We make sure everyone’s safe. That’s our main goal, to protect the businesses and business owners.” Foster also works with developers and individual home builders, overseeing the necessary requirements for new buildings or the extension of existing buildings. This includes doing plan checks before the actual construction begins, and following through to make sure the fire code requirements, both state and local, are met. “Our work basically takes us where the developers take us,” Foster said. His work may also take him to local schools for presentations on fire prevention. Many years ago, back when he was a firefighter, he may have been the one showing up as Smokey Bear. Another priority for Foster is to be prepared for the peak fire season and to help ensure that the residents of Ramona See New Battalion chief continued on page 3

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because it makes their job easier for everyone when done the right way.” In regular action before the RMWD directors, George Foote was elected treasurer of the board, replacing Rex Schildhouse who resigned last month from the position. Schildhouse also withdrew from ad hoc subcommittees but continues to remain on the board as a director. A new ad hoc committee was formed to review Policy One, which governs board directors. The policy was established following a grand jury investigation about 20 years ago “of some problems we had here” at that time, Beck explained. He also asked that the new ad hoc committee include a review of “the Director Schildhouse matter.” Beck will serve on the committee

along with Director Foote. Director Joe Zenovic will replace Schildhouse on an ad hoc committee for the board’s role during emergencies and availability of fire equivalent dwelling unit issues. Zenovic will serve on the committee with President Beck. Two other ad hoc committees were eliminated: the Montecito committee for working with issues with developers and the Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the possible formation of a Ramona Air Center/Community Facilities District. Beck said the two committees were no longer needed as no action was forthcoming. In other business, the board approved going forth with a loan for $4.8 million to finance the San Vicente Road Realignment Project

spearheaded by the County of San Diego. The district’s cost is to relocate 19,000 feet of water pipelines affected by the project. Director Beck pointed out the pipelines had been in place for 45 years and were only expected to last for 50 years. The 15-year loan will be with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank with an interest rate of 3.06 percent. Richard Hannasch, financial services director for the district, said the fiscal impact of the loan amounts to $337,000 annually. Hannasch also discussed the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The projected rate increase is expected to be 6 percent overall. That means the average customer could see a bimonthly bill going up less than $7. The board also set June

24 as a public hearing for approving the budget. A prebudget meeting may be set for the evening of June 23 to allow local residents to attend at a time other than the 2 p.m. regular board meeting the following day. Fire Battalion Chief Steve Foster reported on the county’s fire mitigation fee program, which provides RMWD with an income of 47 cents per square foot for new development in Ramona. The money can only be used for

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are prepared. “We’ve been very lucky here in the district,” he said, adding, “The potential is there.” Residents should know in advance what they want to take with them in the event of an evacuation and know exactly where to find what they need, such as an accordion file with important documents. Keeping a bag

packed with necessities and having cash on hand are also good ideas. “Everyone is predicting this will be the worse year for fires because of the drought,” he said. “The state has had more fires in the last four months, 800 statewide. Typically, for this time of year, we may have had 100 statewide.” While he is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, an idle

equipment and facilities. The board adopted a resolution to continue with the program. A special meeting of the Ramona Public Facilities Corporation was held at the close of the regular RMWD board meeting to approve a resolution for the finance costs related to the San Vicente Road project. The next regular board meeting is set for 2 p.m. April 22 at Ramona Community Center, 424 Aqua Ln. n

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weekend might take Foster to the air (he has a private pilot’s license) or out to sea on his cabin cruiser. Or he could be out on a golf course. Foster has lived in Ramona since 2005, with his wife, Karen, and their son, Stephen. Karen Foster also works in the fire service as an inspector/ investigator for Chula Vista Fire Department. n

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Having health insurance issues? showing areas within the Our agency has over 40 years district that have a direct effect he first of three budget of local experience! on the budgeting process. workshops for Ramona The presentation covered Municipal Water District Amber Ramirez the budgeting process, took place MarchInsurance 25 to inform Agent economic environment for board members of upcoming 760 789- 0010 the district, financial status for proposals for the fiscal year the present fiscal year and 603 Main St. #7, Ramona, CA 92065 that runs from July 1, 2014, to the budget outlook for the June 30, 2015. Lic# 0D95247 coming year. Richard Hannasch, finance Home • Auto • Business • Work Comp • Life Health • Bonds There are•six operating manager for the district, gave funds for the district: water, a PowerPoint presentation

fire, parks, two wastewater plants, and general. “Activity that happens with a fund, stays with that fund,” Hannasch said, adding that there are “some exceptions,” but leaving “little discretion to move things around from one fund to another.” There approximately 9,500 accounts with the water district. The Ramona district is one of the largest in the county, covering 435 miles of water and sewer lines over 75 Having health insurance issues? square miles. Our agency has over 40 years All water used by the of local experience! district is purchased from County Water Authority. Amber Ramirez RMWD’s Poway Pump Station Insurance Agent pumps water 1,000 feet to 760 789- 0010 reach its destination. 603 Main St. #7, Ramona, CA 92065 Water rates would be subject to increases Lic# 0D95247 whenever the CWA rates Home • Auto • Business • Work Comp • Life • Health • Bonds go up, Hannasch explained. However, he expects the next budget workshop n Private Christian to include based education a proposed n Small class sizes “not-to-


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exceed” clause for water and sewer rates. The next workshop is set for April 8, with the final presentation on June 24. The board will be asked to approve the budget at that time. General Manager David Barnum reported on an interagency public safety meeting on March 19 that was hosted by RMWD staff with representatives from Cal Fire, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol. “Our goal is to basically open up lines of communication (and) utilization of joint assets,” Barnum said. There was no action to come before the board. Directors Rex Schildhouse and Kit Kesinger were not in attendance. Kesinger has not attended a meeting since April 2012, while Schildhouse has been present for the past 13 meetings. General Manager Barnum said neither man had called to be excused or

to inform anyone that they would not be present at the March 25 meeting. Kesinger has never called for an excused absence, Barnum said. Former board member Everett “Red” Hager requested information on what the residents of San Diego Country Estates can do to be sure there is an active representative on the water board for their area. “I notice that only three of you are here,” Hager said. “I guess that makes a quorum, out of five. I’m curious what the options are available here. Some people are not (being) represented. Is there some legal (action) if a person doesn’t show up for so many meetings? Is he automatically out?” President Darrell Beck told Hager it was against policy for directors to answer inquiries of non-agenda items during the public session, but he could meet later with Hager to provide him with information. n

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Teens Take the Stage

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dark and stormy night, a brokendown bus and a haunted house portend bone-chilling horror, but the new production from Out of the Box Players is more likely to tickle your funny bone. “Usher: A Totally Teen Comedy” is full of youthful energy and angst, and

search of the bus’ missing distributor cap. Eleonora, the self-professed psychic out to make a buck with bad predictions, played by Georgia Phipps, doesn’t know how right she is when she announces that the house is haunted. The decrepit house is full of the ghosts of the Usher clan dating from

the curse. Not all of the ghosts want the curse to be broken, though, and chaos ensues as members of the living and the dead find themselves at crosspurposes. The cast is bursting with robust performances. Zeralda Stewart is hilarious as Eulalie, a ghost dripping with Southern charm. Tarr and

Fether, the gravely pirate ghost and his sidekick, are played by Hana and Casey Darrough with great deadpan. Chuck Preble plays Edgar the bus driver, haunted not by ghosts but the guilt he carries along with the secret in his pocket. Fortunato and Monty, See Comedy Homage to Poe continued on page 8

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enough of Edgar Allan Poe’s words and characters to amuse fans of the master of macabre. The show twists Poe’s poem “The Fall of the House of Usher” into a story that brings to light issues of loneliness, peer pressure and finding the will to live, with a cast of archetypical characters with big personalities and plenty of laughs. The play opens when a group of high school students enters the house of Usher to get out of a storm when their bus breaks down. The house is dark, the phones don’t work and the students learn they are stuck for the night while their teacher goes in 760-803-4840

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the 17th century, from Una, played with Shakespearian formality by Isabelle Swift, to the 1960s zoned-out hippie named Mann, portrayed by Frank Stewart. The spirits are stuck in the house until someone can break the curse that has plagued generations of Ushers with an inability to embrace the goodness of life while they have it. An encounter between William, the leader of the student group, portrayed by Wyatt Stevens, and Madeline Usher, the protective sister of the angst-ridden Roderick Usher, played by Katie Bradley and Liam Windham respectively, reveals that the brokendown bus is a sham orchestrated by Madeline as part of her plan to break

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Fashion Trends Featured in New Shop By Jim Evans ~ the journal

“I truly believe that women should embrace the goddess within,” says Sally Hilton, owner of Isis Fuller Figure Fashion — named after the ancient Egyptian goddess — which opened on March 27. Hilton admits to being a plus-size all of her life, but any inference to size is quickly diminished by her astute fashion style and self-assured manner. “It’s incredibly difficult to buy clothes, let alone fashionforward and flattering styles,” she says. “I have always wanted to open a store for ladies with fuller figures and create a pleasurable shopping experience for them. I’m passionate about women of every shape or size being able to express themselves and their personalities through fashion. Unfortunately, as we go up in size, the options to do so make it less and less achievable. “Women are always told to hide their ’bad bits,’ and sadly, society and the majority of the fashion industry regards everything plus-size as a ’bad bit.’ As a result, over the years many fuller-figured women have started to hide their complete selves,” she explains. “But, the secret of looking good isn’t what you wear — it’s how you wear it! I believe the only thing a

women needs to wear is her confidence. Well-designed, quality-cut clothes are the key to this, because if you feel great, you’ll look great!” Hilton, 31, grew up in Manchester, England, where she earned a degree in marketing and ran her own business — Brilliant Ginger — a management and marketing consulting firm for several years. She moved to the U.S. about 15 months ago with her mother, Elizabeth, “to create a new life for ourselves in the land of opportunity and to set up my own business in the sunshine.” Isis specializes in making women feel confident and fabulous in whatever they are wearing. “Each piece of our collection is handpicked,” explains Hilton. “Everything is bought in person from the design house, and every seam, hem and detail has been quality-approved by us, every fabric touched, and every accessory approved. I can 100 percent say that there is not a single item in our store that I wouldn’t wear.” What makes the fashions at Isis unique? “Being English gives us an advantage, because the runway-to-street trends in Europe have a much faster turnaround than in the U.S.,” says Hilton. “From London/ Paris fashion week, it may

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take up to two years for a trend to surface on the streets and at retail level in the U.S., but in England, it’s only a matter of weeks. With this in mind, we can predict and stay ahead of the trends.” The store itself is European in its layout and feel, and shopping at Isis is probably a similar experience to shopping at the fashion boutiques in London, with its brightly colored displays and sense of space and detail. “Every detail in the shop has been thought out, things that people wouldn’t notice if they didn’t know what to look for,” explains Hilton. “Even our hangers are 17 inches, not the adverse 12-inch hangers, so that the clothes don’t fall off them and present better. The collection is displayed in linear, so that the larger sizes are not at the back of the rack. We are all equal in Isis regardless of size or shape, so everybody comes ’first.’ And, we don’t just carry a fashion collection — we also carry designer fragrances and a huge variety of accessories and bags.” Why Ramona? “Well, since I live in Ramona, it’s important to me

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this was the right decision, because Ramona has already shown us so much support and appreciation just in the short time we have been open.” Isis is open at 711 Main St., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Monday. Call 760-967-9854. n


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amona Chamber of Commerce invites vendors to promote their businesses at the Ramona Country Fair, set for July 31 to Aug. 3. The Chamber anticipates that thousands of visitors will come to the fair this year, as there will be the added interest of the Ramona Junior Fair from July 26 to Aug. 3, and the Fourth Annual Pitchers Duel Horseshoe Tournament on Aug. 2. “Whether it’s as a business or food vendor or craftsperson, every business in Ramona should be a fair vendor to help locals and visitors become more aware of your products and/or services,” organizers stated. “If you own a restaurant, you should consider becoming a fair vendor and not only sell food to visitors, but help steer them to your restaurant. If you’re a business such as a cabinet-maker, florist, retailer, bookseller or other product seller, the fair is a great

Fun and frolic are in a frenzy at the Welk Resort Theater as the curtain opens on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The comedy is a presentation of Premiere Productions, directed and choreographed by Welk’s Ray Limon. The cast boasts a talented 18 members, starring Premiere’s Randall Hickman as the slave, Pseudolus. Set in Rome, the story was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In an effort to purchase his freedom, Pseudolus takes advantage of the absence of his master and mistress to set his plan in motion. When he discovers that Hero, the son of the household, has fallen head over heels in love with a young woman, Pseudolus uses this to his advantage. But plans have a way of going awry, and this is no exception. As the story unfolds, more plans run amok before the curtain comes down. Hickman couldn’t be better in the role of Pseudolus. Kevin McDonald plays Hero, a very good role for a very good performer. Devin Collins is exceptional as Senex, Pseudolus’ master and Hero’s father. Collins has a tremendous singing voice. The cast,

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overall, is doing an outstanding job. Performances continue through April 18. The theater is located at 8860 Lawrence

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absence of accountability that we used to get from the local, family owned business. And it wounds our sense of community and sends dollars overseas. As a local business owner, I have to answer to my community. I treasure my reputation and will bend over backwards to protect it. I have to make my customers happy, because business would dry up real fast if I didn’t! Clients tell us that the main reason they interviewed us while shopping for a new kitchen, is that they want the money they spend on their project to be returned to the community as much as possible. Americans want to help Americans. Every dollar that is exchanged for goods and services in the Ramona area gets spent locally, again and again. It is a vital cycle that helps us survive in an increasingly international marketplace crowded with imports. When you do business with Ramona venders you are supporting the economic health and vitality of everyone in our community. Please, think twice before you go down the hill. You will be glad you did. Featuring: &


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raveling the trails across the prairie from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean opens a unique view of the women who helped settle the American West. Their stories are told through quilt blocks, bringing into detail the trials and tribulations faced in their daily lives. “Quilters” is an outstanding musical written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek that puts the stories into perspective. It is now in production at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado, through April 27. The stories depicted here bring out the true nature of life and times in days past, some happy and some not so happy, covering such milestones as childbirth, storms, school days, storm

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Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic’s 20th Annual Walk For Life fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 3. The easy, 2 ½-mile walk from Collier Park, 622 E St., is a family event. Participants may seek donations from sponsors or pay a $25 entry fee, and will compete for prizes awarded in the categories of lover’s lane, family court, dog walk, babies parade and friendly circle. The walk will be followed by games, entertainment, brunch

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played by Amanda Crosswhite and Noah Bennett, bicker as naturally as an old married couple. Selah Sladkey plays the sickly Annabel Lee with a quiet strength. Emily McCubbin formidably plays Raven, the snarky girl who barbs with Eleonora and tries to win William’s heart. Ramona resident Georgia Phipps is a veteran performer of the Out of the Box Players and enjoys the chance to hang out and have fun with a mature group of kids. “This role has inspired me to come


out of my comfort zone a lot more,” said Phipps. “The character is kind of out-there crazy.” Preble, the lone adult in the cast, applauds director Juliana Stewart for putting together a real professional theater for the community. “Everyone can benefit from their productions,” he says. The show opens April 25 at BBS Playhouse, 321 12th St., and runs for five performances. Call 760-789-0856 for information and advance tickets. n






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New Venue for Back Yard Craft Fair In Your Own Back Yard Spring Craft Fair will be held May 2 through 4 at a new location: Mountain Valley Ranch. “We have a new venue for the Spring Craft Fair that we are excited about,” says event organizer Vicki Franano. “It’s the same great craft fair with

Commerce office at 760-789-1311. Refreshments will be provided. Future workshops will include a representative Chamber from the District of Commerce Attorney’s office on “Labor Law, OSHA and Work Comp,” May 28; in Your Business.” “Using New Technology Workshops are held in Your Business,” June in the Ramona Library 25; “Improving Customer Community Room, 1275 Service to Improve Sales,” Main St., from 7:30 a.m. to July 30; Heidi Caccamise on 8:45 a.m. All business owners “The Power of Networking and employees are welcome Your Business,” Aug. 27; and to attend, and admission is “Promotions, Special Events free for those who register and Sales,” Sept. 24. n in advance by calling the

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Dos Picos Park Hosts Egg Hunt Ranger Kyle Icke invites the public to come and enjoy Dos Picos County Park’s annual egg hunt April 19. The event begins promptly at 10 a.m. at 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. More than 4,000 eggs will be available for the

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Ramona’s Growing Litter Problem By Jim Evans~ the journal

Litter. Everywhere you go in Ramona, you see it — cigarette butts, food wrappers, Styrofoam cups, beer cans, plastic water bottles, gum wrappers, scrap paper and more. You name it, and you will probably see it scattered

along sidewalks and roadsides throughout the community. Many residents who live on Highway 67 keep trash containers near the entrance to their driveways just to collect the litter that is tossed almost daily from the highway onto their properties. They have seen people open their car windows and

deliberately throw their trash into their driveways while “parked” on Highway 67 during peak traffic hours. Apparently it’s more convenient than waiting until they get home. But littering is everyone’s problem. Ramona’s economy depends on visitors who come from all over the world to enjoy the rustic beauty of our

the estimated cost of picking up that litter is 30 cents per piece! Caltrans currently spends more than $15 million cleaning up litter from the highways every year. Clearly it’s cheaper not to litter in the first place than to have to pay to pick it up later. Cigarette butts are the worst litter problem — here and everywhere.

community, shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants and attend our special events. Litter stains the community’s image and causes us to lose valuable tourism dollars. Appearances do count. Prospective residents and business owners might also be more reluctant to locate to a community that lacks the pride to control its own litter. Statistics tell us that litterbugs are everywhere and can be found among every age group and demographic. In fact, 75 percent of people admit to littering in the past five years. Still, it is true that young people typically litter more than older people (ages 19 and younger are the worst offenders) and most — but not all — litterbugs smoke, eat out at least twice a week, go out for nighttime entertainment at least once a week, drive at least 50 miles a day, and have never been married. Gender doesn’t seem to matter, as both men and women are equally guilty. Install more trash cans? It doesn’t seem to matter. Most littering occurs within six yards of a trash can. It seems some people just don’t care. Every mile of highway in the U.S. — including Highway 67 and State Route 78 — currently contains almost 16,000 pieces of litter, and

More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered in the U.S. every year, representing approximately 50 percent of all litter, and each cigarette can take up to 100 years to decompose. Fortunately, they are not all tossed in Ramona, but every reader has probably seen someone dump a vehicle ashtray onto the parking lot of one of our shopping areas or along the side of the road. What’s the penalty for littering? Under California Penal Code Section 374.4, a first conviction is punishable by a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $1,000, plus eight hours of picking up litter. A second conviction is punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,500, plus 16 hours of picking up litter. And a third conviction is punishable by a fine of not less than $750 and not more than $3,000, plus 24 hours of picking up litter. The same penalties apply for littering from a motor vehicle under Vehicle Code 42001.7. Littering is everyone’s problem, but it also everyone’s responsibility. If each person in the community becomes more aware of his or her personal littering habits and more active in spreading the word about litter, Ramona can become a litter-free community. Let’s try. n

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