Countdown to change... or more of the same

As 2009 approaches, will this be the year of change in Ramona? A look back suggests not.

10: It’s been over 10 years since the Town Hall has been open to the public.

9: The total number of new faces that will become official members in 2009 on the Water Board, the School Board and the Ramona Community Planning Group, to help facilitate change for the better of Ramona.

8: It was back in the eighties (1987 actually) when Bryan Woods presented the Ramona Community General Plan, and the only thing that’s changed is it has been updated.

7: (2007)-The year of the Witch Fire, which brought devastation to Ramona and even more evidence that additional escape routes are needed (see #5 below) and was the catalyst to elect many of the new faces to bring change in policy because of perceived mishandling and non-action by the current group.

6: It was six years ago (2002), the first meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee was held and the #1 priority was for a 24-hour health care center in Ramona. Change could be coming as the new Pomerado Health Care Center is scheduled to open some time in 2010 (barring any shrimp fairy delays).

5: It was five years ago (2003) that the Cedar Fire roared through Ramona and the discussions afterward that more escape routes are needed before the next fire;  the Cummings Ranch project was proposed as well.

4: The number of regularly scheduled meetings per month for the aforementioned groups and boards where problems, ideas and plans are discussed and decisions are made to be acted on to effect positive change.

3: Three years ago an anonymous loan of $20,000 was made for an incorporation feasibility study. A roundabout was proposed for Dye Road/Highland Valley and 67 and debate continued on a bypass route for 67. A no confidence vote from the RCPG on the General Plan 2020. Village Design Committee is formed.

2: The number of years before the rest of the current members of the aforementioned groups and boards come up for re-election and Ramona may have even more new faces.

1: The number of months the newly elected board and group members have to demonstrate change or more of the same.

Jeff Mitchell

   
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