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Solar driving increase in Ramona building permits

The number of building permits issued in the unincorporated county showed the highest gain this past year since 2008-09, and in Ramona solar energy projects are the driving factor.

Ramona Community Planning Group Chair Jim Piva sits on the county’s Land Development Performance Review Committee where he received a chart showing the number of

Unicorn Books marks 10th anniversary of Cedar fire with book signing


Journalist and Ramona resident Sandra Millers Younger tells her story of surviving the 2003 Cedar fire in her recently released “The Fire Outside My Window.” She will sign copies of the book in Unicorn Books and Gifts on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Haircuts to benefit Ramona High’s band program


Bella Mia Salon & Spa will host its third annual “Classic Cuts” Haircut Fundraiser in support of the Ramona High School Royal Alliance Band & Color Guard on Wednesday.

“The RHS band is a program that is severely underfunded, and we wanted to support a program that we felt could really use some community support,” said Linda Hall, owner of Bella Mia. “As a small business owner, I

County to streamline licensing for farmers markets


County staffers will work with the sheriff’s department and San Diego County Farm Bureau to streamline the licensing process in unincorporated areas for farmers markets under a plan approved today by the county supervisors.

According to Supervisor Dianne Jacob, farmers markets began sprouting up in unincorporated areas after the supervisors passed zoning amendments were passed about five years ago.

Chamber announces new directors, executive director


Ramona Chamber of Commerce President Bob Murray, right, announces winners in the chamber’s recent board elections during the chamber mixer at Ramona Disposal Friday evening. Elected to three year terms as chamber directors are, from left, Amber Ramirez, Charlotte Jensen, Janice Baldridge and Lezley Knott. Not pictured is Frankie Berkley Newberg, who Murray said was ill.
Ramirez, owner of Farmers Insurance Agency, and Jensen, owner of Charlotte’s Antiques and Estate Services, are incumbents. New to the board are Baldridge, marketing coordinator for San Diego Country Estates Association; Lezley Knott, owner of Get Savvy; and Newberg, owner of Sun Valley Florist. The directors’ terms will begin in January.
Also at the chamber mixer, Director Carol Fowler and Murray announced Dr. Bob Argyelan, a chiropractor and former president of the San Diego Country Estates Association, as the chamber’s new executive director.

Winery ordinance legal challenge ends


The legal challenge to the county’s tiered winery ordinance appears to be over and boutique winery owners can rest easier knowing the regulations that allow them to open tasting rooms still stand.

On Oct. 3, the fourth Appellate Court posted “case complete” in the San Diego Citizenry Group versus County of San Diego docket.

Ask Mr. Marketing: Dancing as fast as you can

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There was once a thing called delayed gratification. Work toward a goal, earn a reward. Because you’d earned it, the item meant more to you.

Today, taking time to get something is considered quaint by a generation raised to click a few buttons and immediately acquire vacations, videos, diamonds and the like.

Nowadays search engines provide instant access to information that once took weeks to research. Music is immediately available. E-books are downloaded and consumed faster.

Planning group OKs requests from Milagro, Tractor Supply Company


Approval to seek an administrative permit by Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery so it can continue holding weddings, and a request to waive the undergrounding of utilities for Tractor Supply Company at Hunter and Main streets, sailed through the Ramona Community Planning Group Oct. 10 with little to no resistance.

Christopher “Kit” Sickels, who owns Milagro with his wife, Karen, told the planning group that someone had turned his winery in to county code enforcement a few months ago

Be ready to oompah at Oktoberfest, A Harvest Celebration


Bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, German pretzels, German sliders, German funnel cakes and Frauleins armed with baskets of German pastries and more are on the agenda for Oktoberfest, A Harvest Celebration.

Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the family event will be at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Golfing goes high-tech at Ramona Fitness Center


Calling all golfers. The centuries-old game of hitting a ball around grassy knolls has gone high-tech at the Ramona Fitness Center.

Center owner Peter San Nicolas is offering U Turn Golf, a computer-based program that fuses one-on-one fitness coaching with technology to up a player’s game.