Three new homes are being built along San Vicente Road, a possible signal that Ramona is rebounding from the housing downturn.
The homes, sandwiched between 12th Street and Barger Place, just northwest of Grace Community Church, are scheduled to be complete in October. Crews began constructing the homes in mid-July.
Two of the three homes in the so-called Trifecta Homes Project have already been sold, leaving one up for grabs, said Ramona Realtor Jeff Gan of ReMax Direct.
Katie McNorton, broker/owner of the Coldwell Banker real estate office in Ramona, says she is excited to announce that the office has been ranked No. 3 for Coldwell Banker offices of similar size throughout the United States and Canada. The ranking is for the first half of 2013.
“This is an amazing accomplishment for a real estate office located in an area this far removed from a large metropolitan city,” said McNorton. “It is a true testament to the hardworking, highly ethical agents we have.“
The value of San Diego County’s agriculture industry rose 4 percent last year, despite a plunge in the value of avocados, according to the Crop Statistics and Annual Report.
The increase brought the value to $1.75 billion, according to the county report, which said ornamental trees and shrubs remained the No. 1 county crop in 2012 at $387 million, having taken over the top spot in 2009.
For the 25 years before that, indoor flowering and foliage plants were the highest valued local crop. Those were worth $338 million.
Ramona Chamber of Commerce welcomes Debi Roth Klingner, holding scissors, of SBF Payroll as a chamber member at a ribbon cutting in front of the chamber office. With Klingner, a licensed CPA, is her husband Marc. She is president of SBF’s Ramona location.
Jul 31 2013 | Posted in Business
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The California Appellate Court announced Tuesday that it affirms the lower court’s ruling against the San Diego Citizenry Group’s challenge to the four-tiered county winery ordinance, reported Carolyn Harris, a winery owner and general counsel of the Ramona Valley Winery Association.
The ruling means that, absent an appeal to the California Supreme Court, San Diego County will not need to revisit the environmental impact report that was prepared in advance of the county supervisors’ adoption of the ordinance in August 2010, and the enforceability of the ordinance should remain unchanged, said Harris.
The three-judge panel heard oral arguments June 14 on the citizenry group’s appeal of its 2011 environmental challenge. According to Harris, the panel disagreed with each of the appellants’ arguments that the EIR had an inadequate discussion of mitigation measures, failed to adequately address a measure adopted in 2008 to mitigate boutique wineries’ traffic impacts on private roads, provided insufficient information regarding impacts to water supplies, had a misleading discussion of grading permits, and included an inadequate statement of overriding considerations.
In the appellants’ favor, the judges granted a $6,067.94 credit on the fees they were charged by the county for the cost to transcribe the proceedings of the San Diego County Planning Commission hearings on the winery ordinance.
To read the opinion, visit www.courts.ca.gov/opinions-slip.htm. Opinions are generally available on the website by 5 p.m. on the disposition date.
This year marks two decades since Sears, Roebuck and Co. did a final run of its legendary “Big Book” catalog, closing its catalog stores and shifting to a new retail model of locally owned and operated dealer stores.
The move not only ushered in a new era for shoppers, but provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to operate their own local Sears Hometown Store. In Ramona, Amy and Jeff Ruland opened their Sears Hometown Store at 220 Rotanzi St. on the corner of Main in June of 1998. They marked their 15th year here last month.
Ramona Community Planning Group unanimously approved the site plan for the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store proposed for Main and Hunter streets.
The presentation, however, led to concerns about the yet-to-be-adopted Ramona form based code and its push to shield parking lots from the main thoroughfare.
Organizers of the 43rd Annual Ramona Country Fair are putting more pizzazz and participation in what’s been called The Four Best Days of Summer.
Slated for July 25 through 28, this year’s fair promises contests galore in addition to carnival rides from Christiansen Amusements, the 7th Annual Ramona Idol Contest, rows of vendors, lots of traditional fair food, live entertainment and a Beer & Wine Garden.
A bottle of estate-grown 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery won Best of San Diego County in the 2013 San Diego County Fair wine competition.
“It’s just an incredible honor,” said Milagro Farm Vineyards marketing manager Audrey Koniges. “To be recognized as the best is a true honor.”
An affordable workforce housing complex planned for Robertson Street, behind Kmart, received Ramona Community Planning Group’s endorsement after members were assured there will be zero tolerance for crime.
“This is a big concern in Ramona,” planner Torry Brean said at the July 11 meeting, adding that low-income apartments that tend to bring crime have been forced on the community.