The time has come to take a stand

By Patricia Brennecke

The Sol Orchard Project proposed for 42.7 acres of farmland at Warnock Drive and Ramona Street will come before the county supervisors for a FINAL DECISION on Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. in Room 310 of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego.

This industrial project will place agricultural land under solar panels that will range from 8 to 11 feet above ground. Think of this as a 42.7-acre low roofed building. Wow.

This project has been twice before the Ramona Community Planning Group and twice it has received overwhelming disapproval. Unfortunately, the county planning commissioners failed to take the position of our elected representatives at face value, overruled our locally elected officials and voted 6-1 to support this project.

Ramona Community Planning Group and Citizens For A Rural Ramona (CFARR) (using private funds) have both requested a final review hearing before the county supervisors. Please understand that the Ramona Community Planning Group and CFARR were not opposed to solar energy as a renewable energy source but voiced strong opposition to the picturesque, centrally located rural site that was selected.

This will be the final opportunity for Ramona and its citizens to voice their opinions regarding this assault on our community.  But we must be visible to be heard.

So what can be done??  This is the time for every citizen to write a letter in opposition regarding this project to each of the five county supervisors, as each of them will vote on the final decision. Please take the time to defend our rural environment, as each and every one of us must strive to protect our natural heritage or it will be lost for future generations.

The supervisor addresses are available below and from the CFARR website at

Correspondence to all the individual supervisors can be addressed to the same location:

County Administration Center

1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335

San Diego, CA 92121

Individual Supervisor information:

Supervisor Greg Cox;; 619-531-5511

Supervisor Dianne Jacob;; 619-531-5522

Supervisor Dave Roberts;; 619-531-5533; 800-852-7334

Supervisor Ron Roberts;; 619-531-5544

Supervisor Bill Horn;; 619-531-5555; 800-852-7335

We also have petitions to to sign (contact Donna Myers at 760-789-2652) and we encourage as many Ramona residents to show up at the Feb. 6 meeting as possible (over 100 would make a strong statement to the supervisors).

Patricia Brennecke is a Ramona resident.

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1 Comment for “The time has come to take a stand”

  1. Dwayne

    Really…you would rather smell cow, pig and chicken dung? Rural you say, urban eh? Maybe the town needs to go back to horse and buggy, eliminate the gas stations, sears, kmart, mcdonalds, fast food in general?

    Without progress and development, we won't develop and might as well be a third world nation here in Ramona. You see all the cars pass Ramona for Julian and other locations past our town.

    Maybe if our town developed, those cars and $$$ would not pass us by.

    Wake up to progress.

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