Dimitri Rousseau is a man brimming with ideas. Ask him a question and you get a flood of them. And he has experience of implementing his plans.
This is his second attempt to become Mayor, just losing a previous election, by a few votes, as he describes it, to Roman Ramirez. He gave the Chronicles an interview about his candidacy for Santa Ramona Valley Mayor.
Dimitri Rousseau, known to everyone as “Trey”, runs a construction company in the Valley as well as being the Chief of the Fire Department. He also has been a City Councilman and is currently City Manager.
He went through his track record in SRV, which is impressive. He lists a range of proposals that he got through, which he declares were to ensure safety in the city. It is, he says, down to him that there is a Contingency Plan that includes not just the Fire Department but also the Sheriff’s Department and the General Hospital, where none existed before.
He recounted how he has raised money for disaster funds for the city and obtain...
The Santa Ramona Chronicles spoke to Mayoral Candidate Dimitri Rousseau before the upcoming debates to be held on 29th Saturday, February 2020.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your background.
A: I'm originally from Louisiana, New Orleans. I moved to Santa Ramona with my family a couple years ago an' I have loved living here ever since. I'm an FD Chief an' also own a construction company an' I've been both a city councilman an' City Manager. I like havin' a good time, enjoy a challenge an' box in my spare time.
Q: What do you want for Santa Ramona and what do you think the city could use?
A: Opportunity, Investment, Community. These things sum up it up in brief but let me elaborate.
Santa Ramona needs a vision---one which drives the city in terms of opening it up to opportunity, investment.
I have a project which I have already started and want to see to completion as Mayor which is a TV Studio
Network. Santa Ramona has it's fair share of celebrities but imagine a city...
Manny Moore is an ambitious man who doesn’t hang back. He has been in Santa Ramona Valley for little more than a month and already he is running for Mayor. He gave an interview about his motives and plans to the Santa Ramona Chronicles.
His ambition, he says, is to serve others. He was previously a financier in New York, which is where he made his money, but he found it all too self-serving. So, at the age of 32, he came to Santa Ramona to begin a new life serving others.
He was moved to stand for Mayor because he immediately saw the city’s needs and the improvements that could be made. The example he gave of this was Public Housing. He backs the campaign led to Brother Langham, of the Santa Ramona Mission, for this and he was present at the rally held last week. He promises to enact this if he becomes Mayor.
The other problem, as he sees it, is crime. Everyone, he says, deserves to live and work in a safe city.
But while he is definite about the problems Santa Ramona faces, he seem...
The Sheriff’s Department have issued a description of a suspect in the case of the assault by two men on former Mayor Chiara Villanova.
They are looking for a tall man in his twenties, with long blond hair and blue eyes. At the time of the attack the man was wearing a black or dark gray shirt and jeans.
They also have have another suspect, currently under arrest for a separate crime, who they believe was involved. They have camera footage of the attack, which took place at
Virtuous Vice, the store belonging to the former Mayor. The footage has been sent to a forensics laboratory for digital analysis using facial recognition software. The SD are waiting for a positive confirmation from the lab that this suspect was involved before pressing charges.
This was confirmed on Friday by the Undersheriff, Azariah Brentt, in an interview with the Chronicles, during which he spoke about this attack and the unrelated attempted assassination of the Governor, Jay Stone.
The protest led by Brother Langham on behalf of Santa Ramona's poor and disenfranchised saw a good turn out of civilians and both mayoral candidates, one whom was working in official capacity as EMS on site.
The protest for Public Housing and better conditions for the South side started off peacefully with Brother Langham making a speech to the crowd gathered but mid way into the protest a man in an expensive suit started to hurl bricks at either City Hall or the Police Department-it's unclear what was the intended target at this point in time.
The SRSD who were on scene to keep an eye on the protest for safety measures had to rush in and subdue the large man who had thrown bricks and when confronted by Officers, started to attack them too. The man was arrested upon being restrained by the Undersheriff and a deputy.
"I feel like the protest went well for the most part. A lot of people here are affected by high rents and housing prices. There were a good few who were there holding signs...
The daughter of Governor Jay Stone and one of Santa Ramona's most beloved and prolific celebrities to reside in the city has seen tragedy strike twice in the recent week or so.
Governor Stone remains in hospital in critical condition where he was placed after being the victim of an apparent drive by shooting which is currently an on going investigation by the SRSD.
Liana Stone as she is known to her fans in the music and movie world or Juliana Stone had to contend not only with her father's shooting but also had her own car stolen and later set on fire when a woman, Ms Willow Moore, the sister to Mayoral candidate Manny Moore, stole the vehicle and proceeded to crash it into an empty storefront on Shady Street while under influence of illegal substances.
The car was intentionally set on fire by Ms Moore as was revealed by a reliable and trustworthy source who was on scene at the time: "There was a lighter found at the scene, suspected to be the incendiary device for all the leaking gas o...
At approximately 9pm on the Valentines evening. A black 1966 Bronco pulled up outside Wolfe's Tavern on Grove Road and opened fire at people who were leaving a Valentines day event there. The target is believed to have been Governor Stone.
There was a return of fire from people on scene including an Off Duty SRSD Deputy. The Bronco then drive at a male and the Deputy. The Deputy escaped with only minor injuries. The Male at time of this press release is believed to be in critical condition in SRGH.
The 1966 Bronco has been found and labs is currently working through the evidence. The Bronco was purchased its believed by a male from Escondido, CA who was found dead in back of the vehicle having suffered from gun shot wounds to the head, possibly sustained in the incident.
Fingerprints from another suspect were found in the vehicle. We are currently working on tracing this person.
At this time it is not believed this incident was terror related. And SRSD can confirm it has found no link...
Posters have appeared all over Santa Ramona Valley calling for a protest on Thursday outside City Hall.
The protest will demand better housing for Southside. The Chronicle spoke to Wyatt Langham, the organizer of the protest, about it.
Langham is a Brother of the Franciscan Order, who says he is motivated by social justice issues and actively pursues issues to champion for those who cannot get their voices heard.
He called the protest because of the lack of Public Housing in Southside. Public Housing, he says, would reduce the number of homeless sleeping rough on the city streets. Santa Ramona is no different, he argues, to the rest of California in its high rents and unaffordable housing.
The aim of the protest is to raise this issue, which he claims causes a divide in the city, and to request an effort to address and resolve the issue. The new Mayor, he thinks, might consider Public Housing for those who need it. “A budget could be worked out” he says and he speculates that some organiza...
FD Chief Dimitri Rousseau, City Manager and Owner of Rousseau's Construction Company and Supplies Store spoke to the Chronicles in brief about his campaign and what it feels like being the target of an intense smear campaign that kicked off the week the announcement of the Mayoral candidates was given.
"I have, I feel, a solid platform an' ideas for the city. For as long in the years that I have been livin' here with my family, I do think the city of Santa Ramona has seen my commitment to it an' my dedication to providing EMS an' Fire Rescue services as well as rebuilding an' improving it along with my City council proposals.
My main focus is on increasing Opportunity an' Investment in the city an' I have a major project that I am hoping to bring in to support a whole cross sector of the city. It will provide economic benefits an' entertainment value an' boost this city an' add to it, not detract from it. I will be speaking out more about it and what it entails in my public rally.