Ramona celebrated its second very successful Art & Wine Festival at the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson on Nov. 1. The much needed rains stopped just as the event was being set up, and held off, allowing the 326 in attendance to enjoy a beautiful fall day.
Twenty artists, 12 wineries and seven chefs exhibited the fruits of their labors as well as several vendors serving olive oil, jewelry and coffee. The live auction of wine barrels painted by local artists, conducted by Tim Georgeson of TNT Auctions, netted record breaking sales of the mini masterpieces. Classical musicians played inside and outside the
The escalating costs of education at all levels must stop.
The teachers union and school board members’ mantra is “Kids First.” Is that why California teachers are paid in the top three of our 50 states? I read in a Sentinel commentary that the Ramona Unified School District’s former superintendent, Peter Schiff, retired at $180,000 plus COLA. The highest paid retiree in the State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), William Habermehl, is paid over $339,000. In six or seven years, RUSD will be paying 19 percent of certificated salaries to try to keep CalSTRS solvent. RUSD’s cu
Vote no on Measure Q. I have directly engaged the district powers and have not found the will necessary to make innovative and challenging changes needed to address declining enrollment and suspended economic growth.
I have poured over budgets, I have deciphered enrollment numbers, I have fought against teacher layoffs, and I have two kids excelling within Ramona Unified School District.
I am Sonny Adams, an employee of Ramona school district for the past 10 years and a Lakeside resident. Even though I have never lived in Ramona myself, I have had family members living here for the past 40 years. I have a great-niece attending Ramona schools right now. So, even though I haven’t lived here, I have been a part of this community, and Ramona schools still affect my family.
How to force seniors, fixed-income and low-income families to move out of Ramona. Adding school bond debt to our property taxes will force a lot of us to move.
My Social Security has only increased a few dollars each year, and interest on my savings is only one-half of a percent a year. Pass Q and a lot of us have a choice to make: Take the bond money out of our food budget or move out of state.
I support Measure Q — Quality Schools for Ramona — because I care about our community. My husband and I moved here 36 years ago because we wanted to raise our family in a place with good, old-fashioned American values and traditions: neighbor helping neighbor, patriotic devotion, and a commitment to future generations.
Measure Q is full of double-talk. Let’s be honest. It’s not about quality education or students. It’s about a loan coming due and no money to pay it. Ramona Unified School District owes $25 million plus other obligations. The total is said to be $32 million.
I reckon that the men and women of the VFW in Ramona are not ignorant of the past mistakes of the RUSD governance team. I’m sure they are aware that some fellow Ramonans feel betrayed by the RUSD Board taking on this huge debt in spite of voters voting no a decade ago.
Recently Doug Scholl had a letter published in the Ramona Sentinel which stated that our Ramona VFW Post supported the upcoming Proposition Q. I would like to let Doug Scholl know that not all VFW members support Prop Q. Why would one vote for higher property taxes?
Thought I would write about an item that has been troubling me for the past few years. I have been a member of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee for several years now and I recall a few years back with the support and special pricing of Ransom Bros. Hardware, our committee was able to walk up and down Main Street offering the discounted U.S. flag kits and we had our tools with us and even installed them on the spot for the merchants who wished. We probably installed some 15 flag kits