The Santa Ramona Chronicles

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June 29, 2020

Want a little more pep in your Beamer, some more zip in your 300ZX, then maybe you should visit Nat B the Car Angel, owner and top mechanic at Fallen Angel Custom Auto at the corner of Imperial Avenue and Sedona Drive. Customizing your auto for the best performance or detailing for improved style is what she says she's all about.

We interrupted Nat as she was fine tuning a sporty Nissan in her garage to find out how she became interested in opening Fallen Angel only to discover her love of cars and motorcycles went back to her early years.

"Well my dad was a biker, and one day he found this old beat up 1929 Indian Chieftain sitting neglected in a junkyard. I think he paid $100 for that bike. He spent years working on restoring that bike to her former glory. I was 10 when he finished her and I demanded to ride on the back with him to the bike show where he first showed her off."

“My dad passed when I was 17. I’ve been in to cars and motorcycles ever since he brought home that 29 Chie...

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 24, 2020

 The Mayor surveys the litter

If you were in Southside at lunchtime on Tuesday, you would have seen groups of people walking around picking up litter and waste.

They were members of Mayor Roisin Russo’s volunteer force to clean up Southside. She promised this during the election and this was their first outing.

Around a dozen people, including Under Sheriff Brentt and two deputies, gathered for the clean-up. After a delay, they broke up into groups and, armed with trash bags, proceeded to get to work.

Waste paper and cigarette ends were put into bags. Larger items, such as abandoned furniture and, believe it or not, a toilet bowl, were moved to specific places for garbage workers to pick up.

 An alley off Shady St before the clean-up

The alley after the clean-up

Mayor Russo thought the turnout was good, though conceded it largely consisted of her friends, though Under Sheriff Brentt said the turnout was smaller than he thought it would be. He added "I do think it will make a differenc...

June 23, 2020

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June 22, 2020

Jade's friend Natalie standing by the plaque. Photo by Heather Raveloe.

A plaque honoring popular Santa Ramona resident Jade Vertilo Aura was unveiled as the climax of the Bikers & Babes Party held in the Boiler Room last Saturday.

The plaque, dedicating the VIP lounge in the Boiler Room to Jade’s memory was unveiled by owner of the Boiler Room and her former business partner, Joseph Styles, together with her friend Natalie Baker.

Jade passed in May and Saturday's party was held in her memory. Santa Ramona residents both male and female, came dressed in leathers to honor her memory.

Though it should be said that, in the case of many women, more flesh than leather was on show.

The entertainment, provided by DJ Kittara, was mainly rock music but there was also some Irish and country music. Auld Lang Syne was played during the unveiling. And when we say rock, we mean the entire range. Some of the rock music was classic. People danced away to Elvis singing Jailhouse Rock as well as to th...

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 19, 2020

The Sheriff's Department stands on the principles of Pride, Integrity and Grit.  We believe in supporting our community and helping those in need. SRV has many that struggle to put food on the table. To help, the SD is sponsoring a fund raiser. Funds raised will go to area food banks and senior meal programs.

For $25 any business or individual can purchase a pig cutting board and the materials to design and decorate your cutting board. You choose the design and theme of your cutting board. Could be a logo of your business or a riff on "roasting the PIGS" of the SD.

In addition the SD is hosting a PIG roast with all the trimmings on June 27th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. SLT. To attend bring one small box of canned or boxed food. There will be roast pig and crab legs, along with a smorgasbord of other California delights, cash bar and a DJ for dancing down by the beach.

Completed PIG cutting boards ((just the texture, full perm)) can be submitted to Sheriff Sarina Jade Ramirez ((Madis...

June 18, 2020

Manny Moore

The Sheriff’s Department have arrested a suspect for the stabbing of Manny Moore, the unsuccessful candidate in the recent Mayoral election.

Moore was stabbed three weeks ago, during the campaign. He declined to give  statement about the attack to the Sheriff’s Department, but claimed, in an interview with the Chronicles, following his release from hospital, that he believed the incident was a case of mistaken identity.

The Chronicles has, however, received information since we published this statement, that suggests that he was, in fact, the intended victim and that the assailant was known to him. Santa Ramona’s Under Sheriff Brentt has told the Chronicles, commenting on the attack, that he believes “there is a good deal more to it than appears”.

It appears, from information given to the Chronicles, that Moore and a female companion had arranged to meet with a third party, and that the attack took place while they were talking. Both Moore and his companion were hospital...

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