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.
Keep a look out each week to see what the group hopefuls had to say on things like vineyards, the equine industry and road safety issues.
You've got a taste of what the planning group hopefuls thought of Ramona's ever-growing grape industry, their vision for safety on Highway 67 and the future of rural Ramona, as well as plans for Ramona's equestrian future.
This final week, we explore how the candidates want to see Ramona change in the next 10 years.
How do you want to see Ramona change in the next 10 year?
Barbara Jensen: I don't want it to change. I like it the way it is!
Jim Piva: "Ramona's great the way it is..." but Piva said he would like to see more jobs at the airport and that there aren't enough small businesses.
Richard Tomlinson: "The area of transportation needs to be improved... I don't think it will change the character." Tomlinson also wanted to expand business in town.
Torry Brean: Traffic is a big thing I'd like to see improved, as well as an increase of vibrancy of the town.
Robin Joy Maxson: I want people to 'stop and shop' on the way to Julian. I'd love to see an increase of business in downtown.
Kathy DaSilva: I would like to see Main Street have walkaility... like Grand in Escondido." DaSilva also said she wants developments in town that would ensure large animal grounds.
Jim Cooper: I want to see safer roads and better roads. I think that's critical. I'd really like to see an increase for activities for youth.