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Sen. Anderson co-hosts free workshop for first-time, move-up and re-entry homebuyers on Saturday

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District 36 Sen. Joel Anderson and the San Diego Association of Realtors will co-host a free workshop to provide potential first-time, move-up or re-entry homebuyers with information for what may be the biggest investment of their lives on Saturday, June 21.
A panel of experts will discuss how to achieve the dream of homeownership and answer questions about purchasing your first home.
“As your state senator, I am pleased to work with the San Diego Association of Realtors in co-hosting this valuable public service event,” said Anderson.
Specific topics covered at the workshop will include:
• Available lending programs
• How to choose a REALTOR®
• Recommended funding methods
• Credit repair
• Seasoning requirements & new lending rules for re-entry
• Lessons learned from foreclosures, short sales, and bankruptcy
The workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m at SDAR’s El Cajon Service Center, 220 W. Main St., El Cajon. For more information and to RSVP, call the association at 858-715-8088, email or visit HBW.EVENTBRITE.COM.
“As always, feel free to contact my office at 619-596-3136 for more information,” said Anderson.
While the workshop is free to all attendees, space is limited and registration ahead of time is required.
“Great information for homebuyers,” said Ramona Realtor Chris Anderson, president-elect of the San Diego Association of Realtors.

Covert to leave Palomar Health in August

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Palomar Health, the North County’s public health district, will be looking for a new president and CEO now that Michael Covert has announced his resignation.

Covert, in charge of Palomar Health since 2003, will leave on Aug. 15. He informed Palomar Health’s directors of his plans on May 30.

Those plans include becoming the regional market CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives St. Luke’s Health System in Houston, Texas. He will also be senior vice president for Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Luke’s parent

Enthusiastic crowds tour Ramona farms


It was a great day to be down on the farm — especially if you were a guest on the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s Farm Tour and had chosen Ramona as your destination. Although the tours have been in existence for a few years, this was the first year Ramona was involved.

Three farm tours took place simultaneously on Saturday, June 7, as Escondido and Oceanside each had its own farms participating.

VA audit shows up to 44-day wait for new patients

New patients at Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the San Diego region generally had to wait nearly 44 days for a primary care or specialty care appointment, according to an systemwide audit released Monday.

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a nationwide access audit last month after it was reported that patients at the VA medical center in Phoenix died while awaiting care. The scandal led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Fix Auto owner offers employee ‘unbelievable’ opportunity


When Steve Lamb received a phone call from his employer with an unbelievable offer, his first thought was that it was a prank call.

“I just — I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe the opportunity he was giving me,” said Lamb, a Ramona resident.

His employer, Greg Carter, was offering to give him the Fix Auto franchise in Ramona.

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

Commercial use eyed for corner of SR-67 and Dye Road


Property on the southeast corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road is being considered for commercial use such as a gas station and convenience store, according to a Ramona real estate agent.

A presentation on potential development at that corner is scheduled for the Ramona Community Planning Group’s meeting in the Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

Realtor Janet Worsham said there are four parcels totaling 4.11 acres that are zoned A70 or rural residential. The four different owners are in favor of a commercial rezone and willing to list simultaneously, according to the agent.

Unassuming dance studio teaches students to ‘dance from their heart’


From the street, Ramona Julian Academy of Dance doesn’t look like much. It’s blacked-out exterior doesn’t begin to show off the 6,000-square-foot bustling business that serves upwards of 400 local students in any given month.

Former pro-dancer-turned-choreographer-and-teacher Kristi Durbin-Griffin started the business nearly three decades ago, opening in Julian first and in Ramona three years later.

Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings

San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings of $247 million, or 99 cents per diluted share, compared to $178 million, or 72 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.

The figure includes a $9 million after-tax charge for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Otherwise, the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. would have made $256 million, or $1.03 per diluted share.

Fashion is for every woman, say Ramona dress shop owners


Fashion is for every woman — no matter her size or age — at ISIS Fuller Figure Fashion.

The new plus-size clothing and accessory store at 711 Main St. opened March 27. Owners Elizabeth Hilton and her daughter, Sally, sell clothing in sizes 14 to 36, jewelry, sunglasses, purses and other accessories for any size.

“It’s so difficult to find plus-size clothes,” said Sally. “Seventy percent of American society is plus size and it’s astounding that we still only cater to the other 30 percent.”