RCPG Candidate Forum: Highway 67–What Will You Do to Generate Safety?

Each week leading up to elections, we'll post one question from the RCPG candidate forum and each present candidates response.

The Ramona Equine Industry Network (REIN) hosted a forum on Sept. 19 at the Community Center to allow the public to hear from the Ramona Community Planning Group candidates and their stance on hot-button issues.

Each week leading up to the Nov. 6 elections, Ramona Patch will post one of the questions asked at the forum, along with each of the present candidate's responses.

Last week, you got a taste of what the planning group hopefuls thought of Ramona's ever-growing grape industry. This week, we take a look at what each candidate at the forum thinks about safety on Highway 67.

Highway 67–What will you do to generate safety?

Robin Joy Maxson: I've written... ideas to improve safety. We should work with neighboring cities to create more of a united front. I'm on the subcommittee dedicated to SR 67 safety.

Kathy DaSilva: I would vote with Robin. She seems well-educated on the subject.

Jim Cooper: It's a difficult and dangerous road. Funding is far out into the future.

Barbara Jensen: I think improvements (such as speed indicators and rumble strips) are helpful, but I need more information.

Jim Piva: I made an ad-hoc for it. We managed to make SR 67 a higher priority. We also were able to get funding thanks to our relationshp with Dianne Jacob. We need to treat the county with respect, not as the enemy.

Richard Tomlinson: The biggest problem for SR 67 is consensus on what is wanted and what is needed. We need to unite the voice of Ramona and move forward.

Torry Brean echoed what Tomlinson and Piva said.

Cryptoclearance October 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Cindi October 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Government tends to have the idea that when less people live in an area then less money should be spent in that area for roads, etc. I believe this to be a miscarriage of justice. Each citizen should be able to expect all roads to be equally well kept, no matter how remote the area they live in. We all pay the same taxes.
urmoma October 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Fix Highway 67....now....b4 someone I love....or you love gets hurt...or killed......put dividers in and reflecters on the road...lights and signs......do it...do it ...do it....please
Jane Tanaka MD October 19, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, according to respected community leaders who are now deceased or alive but quiet, the County and SANDAG allocated funds to make some of the most dangerous spots on Highway 67 safer... near Mussey Grade Rd or near Dye Rd... and then the funds disappeared........ no one knows what happened to the money..... Any long timers remember any of this??? Or is this another fairy shrimp tale ?
Torry Brean October 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
67 is always a contentious issue, but I fail to understand why so many people fight against fixing it. I think it is pretty simple; fix the 67 Dye Rd intersection so all the cars heading to the Country Estates don't have to stop at the light or get caught in the congestion. Second, the road needs to be widened all the way to Lakeside. I think it should be two lanes, but even just widening it would make a huge difference. When Ramona voted for the Transnet sales tax increase (twice!) we were promised that some of the money would be used for 67. Ramona residents (including past RCPG members) went to SanDag and told them "Ramona did not want any work done on 67." This was shameful, and a lie. The current planning group was able to get SanDag to make 67 a bigger priority, but nothing is guaranteed. SanDag's transnet fund needs to pay for 67, and it needs to do so quickly. When that day comes (and I believe it will) we need to stand firm against all the people that will come forward to say "the road is not the issue, it is speeders/drunks/too many homes/lack of public transit" and demand results.


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