The Santa Ramona Chronicles

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July 24, 2020

This is the second in our occasional series publishing opinions of the residents of Santa Ramona Valley. We welcome responses and will publish the best ones.   We welcome responses and will publish the best ones. We also welcome opinion articles on other topics. Articles published under the heading of 'Opinion' do not necessarily represent the views and opinion of the Chronicles.

In the city of Santa Ramona, there are very few surveillance cameras, yet in other urban areas, surveillance cameras are more prolific. According to “Public surveillance camera systems can be a cost-effective way to deter, document, and reduce crime.”

Yet SRV does not utilize this cost-effective crime deterrent.  Why? There is no compelling reason why every street, business and public building in SRV shouldn’t have some form of video surveillance. Given the amount of crime that occurs in SRV, it's inconceivable that we don't have more surveillance cameras in our city. Criminal threats, assault...

July 12, 2020

This is the first of our new series publishing opinions of the residents of Santa Ramona Valley. We welcome responses and will publish the best ones. Articles published under the heading of 'Opinion' do not necessarily represent the views and opinion of the Chronicles. defines prostitution as "the practice of engaging in relatively indiscriminate sexual activity, in general with someone who is not a spouse or a friend, in exchange for immediate payment in money or other valuables."

It is considered the oldest profession. While prostitutes can be male, female or transgender and can include heterosexual and homosexual activities, it is predominantly female prostitutes with male "customers." According to the Santa Ramona Sheriff's Department, prostitution is difficult to convict so the majority of prostitutes are given a fine of $2000. The "customers" are cited for solicitation and fined $1000. The stiffer penalty is for those who are called "pimps" or those engaging in a p...

June 26, 2020

Mayor Roisin Russo held her first Town Hall last night, Thursday, June 25th. It was attended by over a dozen citizens wanting to hear more about her plans for the city, but it ended in chaos.

Mayor Russo opened the meeting by talking about her proposal to have SRV Studios create a documentary about Santa Ramona Valley.  

She indicated that nothing had been settled but it was her vision that the documentary focus on the history and heritage of Santa Ramona, not necessarily its businesses. She doesn't want to see the documentary become an advertisement for area businesses. She also indicated that she didn't have a price point for cost of the documentary but that she felt the city should cover the majority of it along with donations. 

The mayor indicated she feels the documentary could be played at prime time several times and that it should draw in tourists which will produce a return on the investment. Joseph Styles, owner of The Boiler Room offered to donate $10,000 to the documentary. Ma...

June 19, 2020

According to Healthline, "A blackout is a temporary condition that affects your memory. It’s characterized by a sense of lost time." It's mostly attributed to a blood alcohol of 14% or higher. Other causes are seizures, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, certain medications and lack of oxygen.

As a reporter, I hear a lot. Actually, for those who listen, you can learn a lot at the coffee shop, the line at the grocery store or even sitting in your favorite restaurant. People say stuff. Most of the time it's just white noise but sometimes you'll hear something that sticks. I've heard a few people saying they have woken up in strange places and can't remember what happened.

To be fair, it's not that uncommon. People get drunk and have blackouts all the time. Actually, that happens to me at least once a month; however the blackouts people in town are talking about are different. They are happening to people who aren't drunk or seem to have any other medical problems.

That's what happen...

June 13, 2020

On Friday June 12, Roisin Russo was sworn in as the new mayor of Santa Ramona Valley. To begin her term she gave a passionate speech about public service, which we have included for those who missed the event.

After the speech, the Chronicle asked her about her plans for taking action against drug related crimes. She mentioned that she wanted to get people into drug rehab programs and to crack down harder on dealers. She plans to talk to the SD and PD about what can be done about the drug problem.

We tried to get more specifics about her plans to crack down on drugs. Was she talking about forcing people into drug rehab, creating new laws against using drugs, or harsher sentences for drug crimes? The mayor indicated that she needed to talk to the Sheriff's Office, the Police Department and the courts to get a better idea of what plans would work to address the problem.

The last mayor that tried to address the rampant crime in Santa Ramona Valley was Chiara Villanova. She and the Sher...

June 10, 2020

On the  night of June 8th at around six p.m. there was a shooting at Wolfe's Tavern in the center of town.

Details are sketchy at this time but the Sheriff's Department stated that two people had been shot and one person had been detained. However, an eyewitness told the Chronicles that the owner of the bar, Chiara Villanova, was wielding a gun at the time of the incident.

When asked if Ms. Villanova was the shooter, the SD refused to comment.

Chiara Villanova is the former owner of the Virtuous Vice clothing chain and is a former Mayor of Santa Ramona Valley. We have been unable to contact her for comment.

Wolve's Tavern is currently closed as a crime scene.

June 7, 2020

Manny Moore is a local business man, the owner and manager of popular restaurant Vesuvios.  He's running for mayor because he feels Santa Ramona has done a great deal for him and he wants to give back to his community.

He describes himself as a family man. "I love my family above all. And I am sure they do the same with me." When pressed to define how a family man is relevant to the position of Mayor he expounded further, "What I mean by that is being dedicated to family is a passion in itself as I am sure we all agree. I fight for them, I may not be perfect, but I do fight for them and I try my best and give my all, to make sure hey have everything they need. Santa Ramona needs to know they have someone in that corner office in City Hall that will fight for them and them alone. They are top priority."

This isn't his first time running for mayor here. He ran last term when he was new to Santa Ramona. Asked what he's learned about our city that makes this time different he talked abou...

June 6, 2020

The two Mayoral candidates, Roisin Russo and Manny Moore, came head-to-head yesterday, Friday June 5th, at the Mayoral debates. Former governor Jay Stone posed the questions and the tone was generally civil, with only a few sideswipes at one another on points of disagreement.

(The questions are in Bold, as are the candidates' names.)

Currently there is a lack of emergency and first responding workers in both jurisdictions. As mayor what will you do to address the understaffed nature of the municipal agencies to assure that each are up to par?

Roisin Russo: I would have job fairs. I would like to have a job agency that caters to both north and south. With job fairs and an agency we can pair up interested workers with locak EMTS, FD or SD or PD.

Manny Moore: My plan to address that need would be to of course try and get more funding, first for the Southside PD. It was created, but according to an article today, there's barely any space to work in there. Job fairs of course, but we ca...

June 4, 2020

In the city of Santa Ramona Valley there is a divide. It's talked about in coffee shops and laundromats. It's evident as you walk along Imperial Lane as the beach turns from pristine to dirty. This is the tale of two Police Departments.

There have been a lot of questions about the new Southside Police Department and the Sheriff's Department. Why do we have two law enforcement agencies? Were there problems with the Sheriff's Department? What exactly do they both do and are our tax payer dollars being wasted?

Jay Stone, Chief of Police of Southside PD has a small office, wedged into the corner, that is about as large as a broom closet. He proudly displays his professional certificates and Law Enforcement Credentials. He displays a painting on one wall and pictures of his family in frames on his desk.

Sarina Jade Ramirez, Sheriff of Santa Ramona Valley has a large corner office with a massive, fancy desk. She has space for her own coffee bar, along with large monitors with security fee...

January 2, 2020

Ebenezer Scrooge was the antagonist in The Christmas Carol, a story about the relationships that we foster or destroy and about punishment or redemption. Scrooge's business partner came back as a ghost to warn Scrooge of his fate should he not change his ways. Scrooge was a miserly old man that pushed everyone who ever loved him away from him. If he didn't change his ways, his path was clear.

In the City of Santa Ramona Valley we have our own Ebenezer Scrooge.  Max Mactavish, by all accounts, should be the antagonist in our story.  A man who spent over twenty-five years in a super max prison for attempting to blow up his former precinct where he was a Police Lieutenant. His actions left his daughter, Alexia Rousseau, to be raised in a broken foster care system in Louisiana. He then kidnapped his grandchildren, putting his daughter and her husband through an emotional roller coaster of fear and worry.

One might believe that is the end of the story, especially since Mr. Mactavish admi...

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