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Ramona Village Design Endorses Landmark Sign, Says Piva

The Ramona Community Planning Group Chair said multiple town agencies and businesses support the idea of a landmark sign over Main Street.

At January's Ramona Community Planning Group meeting, Chair Jim Piva brought forth the idea of a Ramona landmark sign to be displayed across Main Street. Last week, the chair said multiple local businesses and agencies were backing the idea.

Piva said the both the school board and Ramona Municipal Water District may endorse it, as well as Ramona's Chamber of Commerce. The Village Design Group, the chair said, has already endorsed the proposed project.

"We did some up with a pretty good game plan," Piva said of the proposed sign, though he wouldn't give away any details. "The Chamber of Commerce would help with fundraising."

The planning group leader originally said the sign could sit across Main Street between 9th and 10th Streets. He called it a "community asset" at the Feb. 7 meeting in the library.

"It's coming along," Piva said of planning and informing various groups. "I think once we get everyone on board, people will like it."

An ad hoc committee for the planning group will be formed once more solid plans for the landmark sign are set. Piva said engineering plans are being done, but endorsements will come first.

In a Patch Poll conducted on Jan. 16, out of 25 votes, 72 percent of the voters said they'd like to see a Ramona landmark sign.

Would you like to see a landmark sign stretched over Main Street? Tell us in the comments below.

Jerry ormond February 14, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Yes, a sign similar to Encinitas's etc. The group should also develope a "theme" for old town and encourge remodels to follow it. Old West, early 1900's, ???
Jolinda February 14, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I agree that a theme, and a range of suggested paint colors, in the family of colors that is reflected in the new library, would bring a lot of visual unity. I would love to be on such a committee, but don't know how or where?
Ms Ramona February 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
It appears Mr Piva is desperately trying to find a "win" or distract Ramona from the countless RCPG failures lately. Blocking Head Trauma Facility in Highland Valley - Failure! Blocking Target in Ramona - Failure! SOL Orchard - Failure! Cummings Ranch - Failure! San Vicente Road project - Failure! Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road Intersection - Failure! Any and All Road Improvemennts in town - Failure! Mr. Piva should respectfully let the Chamber take the lead on this little project and he can focus on cleaning the pathetic record of failure. please let the experts focus on making this happen and piva can gloryhound after others have done the actual work.
Joe Cahak February 14, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I don't see the same failure. RCPG held to the road priority list and agenda we started and has kept the priorities list and construction starts this summer. What I do see is a "few" who seem to think only they know what is best for Ramona. We waste a LOT of political capital on false concerns and personal agendas. Take the CFRR group for instance, They have made it clear that their agenda is personally motivated. They don't care what is best for the overall community only their self-interests. Their argument against the Solar project have been irrational and highly emotional. The agriculture in Ramona is not conducive to anyone making money from growing ANY crops. Our rainfall is too low and the water cost too high. I find nothing wrong with mixing Solar or wind power with agriculture. Shading my lawn with fruit trees was the only way I could keep my lawn green for most of the year with less water. It also gives landowners a means of making the land pay, which they cannot do with crops alone. So my suggestions is, use the political capital wisely and stop and personal agendas and attacks and work toward something more reasonable. You might find it more effective. Do remember that the County Supervisors have to look at BOTH sides and consider the developers rights as much as the neighbors. If we ask for too much control over others land, the supervisors will have no choice but to disagree with the neighbors. They will only be more effective by being more reasonable.
Theresa Tanguay February 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Honestly I think that money (donated or otherwise) could be better spent on something else. The Landmark Sign is a good idea BUT there are other issues in Ramona that should be higher on the agenda.

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