Chamber of Commerce
Business and Community News
Inside DECEMBER 2004 Volume 19, No. 12
— Page 3 It’s time for Ramona’s
for small-business Country Christmas
owners Caroling, crafts, gift shop- The giant 40-foot Commu-
— Page 4 ping opportunities, food and nity Christmas Tree of Lights
music, Santa—and, of course, will be surrounded by 12
Ambassadors Corner the lighting of the giant smaller fresh trees, donated by
— Page 5 Community Christmas Tree will Curtis Albright of Albertsons
be features of the Chamber’s and decorated by local school
Calendar of Events
10th annual Ramona Country children. Chamber members
Christmas event Dec. 11, from can help by offering to sponsor
— Pages 6-7
4 to 8 p.m. All the fun will one of the student-decorated
take place in the vacant lot on trees or by signing on as an
Labor Law Seminar the north side of Main Street, event sponsor. Volunteers and
offered in SD between D’Carlos and Ramona donated prizes also are needed. A little lion and his Mom got a big
— Page 8 National Bank. To volunteer, call Jeff kick out of the Merchants’ Trick-or-
Event chair Jeff Ruland Ruland (Sears) at 788-8080 or Treat On Main Street while making
this stop at the Chamber office for
Governor signs host (Sears), said caroling, specialty Jo Fox (Prudential California some goodies. See page 3 for more
of new laws prize drawings and rides for the Realty) at (760) 803-8306. For photos.
kids will be included, and Santa sponsorship information, call Photo by Jennifer Jenkin
— Page 9
and his helpers will meet with Charlotte Jensen (Charlotte’s- Melissa Schmidt (Independent
kids, courtesy of Ramona in-the-Country Antiques) at Avon Representative) at (760)
National Bank. 788-2784. To donate prizes, call 695-7412.
— Page 11
Congratulations to our executive officers for 2005: president, Jeff Ruland
Mixer (Sears); first vice president, Bill Jenkin (Farmers Insurance and Ramona
Vintners Cellars); second vice president, Jo Fox (Prudential California
Realty); secretary, Sharon Davis (Sharon Davis Interior Design); and
In lieu of the treasurer, Vince Franano (Main Street Auto Center). To all the candidates,
December and new members and executive officers, I extend my sincere appreciation to you
for your continued dedication to our Chamber of Commerce. What a team
January mixers: we have for 2005!
We will miss outgoing board members Randy Waitman (RAE Automo-
tive) and his expertise in chairing the country fair, George Romero (Land-
December 11: mark National Bank) and his hard work in chairing the golf tournament,
Country Christmas Karen Clendenen Scott Field (Farmers Insurance) and his dedication to the rodeo and our
Tree Lighting Event organizational committee, and Josepha Hegan (Visual Communication
Letter Design), who has co-chaired our art tour. They have been superb leaders in
our community, and I am truly grateful for their service and dedication.
January 14: from the Dan Vengler is chairing the Citizen of the Year Award Committee…if
you know of an outstanding Ramona citizen and would like to nominate him
President Continued on page 3
Notes from Your Executive Director
Ramona Chamber of Commerce
960 Main Street
Ramona, California 92065
Telephone: (760) 789-1311
I think I was in a state of denial and hoping a miracle would happen, but the denial is
Fax: (760) 789-1317
reality, and the miracle didn’t happen. Josepha Hegan of Visual Communications Design, a
Chamber director for three years has resigned. Josepha is in the process of building her
Web site: ramonachamber.com
business, and she has told us that at this time in her life, she needs to dedicate all of her
Mission Statement energy to doing just that. So typical of Josepha, she gave us her resignation right before the
elections. She did this knowing there were eight people running and seven positions open.
The mission of the Ramona Chamber of
She felt her decision and timing was right because this way, all eight candidates would be
Commerce is to develop and maintain a
climate for viable economic growth, to
winners. Josepha has promised she will continue to spearhead the Ramona Artists Open
promote loyalty to, and networking for local Studio Tour that she and Judy Nachazel, San Vicente Valley News, have done such a
businesses and to demonstrate an outstand- wonderful job since its inception.
ing leadership role in our community. ***
The Chamber would like to thank Andrew Smith of Art About Africa for taking time
Officers from his busy schedule to hang an aerial photograph of Ramona in our front lobby. I’m sure
President ................................ Karen Clendenen many of you will remember this as the photo that was hanging for years at McDonald’s. Past
Century 21-San Vicente, 787-3210 Chamber director Stan Fiddelke donated the picture to the Chamber, and thanks to Andrew,
1st Vice President ................... Chuck DeMund it is now prominently displayed. This photo was taken in the 70s and has quite a history.
DeMund Foundation, 788-1011 Stop by and stroll down memory lane. We also thank Joe Johnson of Pepper Creek Equine
2nd Vice President ............................ Bill Jenkin Center for donating a saddle that will be used as decor in front of the Chamber office.
Farmers Ins., Ramona Vintners Cellars, 788-1181 ***
Secretary ........................................ Sharon Davis Remember, the November mixer was the last one of the year. Our Ramona Country
Sharon Davis Interior Design, 788-2509
Christmas and the January Installation Dinner will take the place of those two mixers. Our
next mixer won’t be until February, when we will once again have our Rollover Jackpot ready
Treasurer ................................... Patrick Meskell
to be claimed—if you are a Chamber member and your card is drawn, AND you are at the
Edward Jones, 787-1113
Scott Field ........... Farmer’s Insurance, 789-0664 We still need some mixer hosts for next year. If you are interested in hosting a mixer or
Jo Fox ..... Prudential California Realty, 803-8306 co-hosting one, call Jo Fox, Prudential California Realty, at (760) 803-8306 for more
George Romero .......................... (858) 947-2318 information.
Landmark National Bank ***
Jeff Ruland ................................. Sears, 788-8080 Ramona Diagnostic Medical Services recently hosted a ribbon cutting that was extremely
Daniel Vengler ...................................... 789-1155 well attended. Several local residents have been very instrumental in getting this facility up
and running. One such person is Cindy Hasz. Cindy and I were chatting about the new
Daniel’s Liquor & Deli
office, and she mentioned she would love to have local artists display their work in the
Randy Waitman ..... RAE Automotive, 788-4912
waiting room. If you are interested in displaying your talents, call Cindy at 789-6118.
Bryan Woods ....... Ramona Pharmacy, 789-0180 ***
Our love to Wayne Channon (City Barber Shop), who recently lost his mother, and to Jo
Fox (Prudential California Realty) on the loss of her sister.
Staff I personally would like to thank each and every Chamber member for being so instrumen-
Sharon Uran ........................... Executive Director tal in the successful year we have had. With your continued support and encouragement,
Dolores Garcia ............................ Office Manager 2005 is going to be the best ever! We will continue to work for you and with you. My goal
for membership for 2005 is 400, and the only way we will achieve that is with your help, so
Advertising let’s roll up our sleeves together and get busy on membership.
I would also like to wish each and every one of you a very wonderful holiday season and
The Ramona Business and Community
News is published monthly by the Ramona
the most wonderful New Year you will ever experience.
Chamber of Commerce.
Membership includes a monthly newslet-
ter. To advertise in the newsletter, or to submit
an article, please call the Chamber office at 789-
1311. First priority goes to Chamber business
and member information. Meeting listings are
on a space-available basis. Deadline for all
copy and advertising is the 5th of the preced-
ing month. Inserts for the newsletter are due at
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ing month, with a check for $55 for each set of
Postmaster, send address changes to Ramona Cham-
ber of Commerce, 960 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065. Peri- Ambassadors and other members of the
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Production: Charles Fraley (with scissors) and his team
as he cut the ribbon to officially open the Chamber Ambassadors and friends help
Walker Communications & Media Services
Ramona Medical Diagnostic Services Donna Naish (holding scissors) celebrate the
Printing: Manzanita Press
Center. grand opening of Donna’s Antiques &
Photos by Jennifer Jenkin Decorative Arts, 780 Main. St.
2 RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — DECEMBER 2004
Chamber dinner promises Who, What & When
salutes, laughs and information CHAMBER EVENTS
The Chamber’s annual Installation Dinner will be held at the
Ramona Country Christmas ..................... Dec. 11
San Vicente Inn on Jan. 14. Gregory J. Smith, San Diego County Chair: Jeff Ruland (Sears)
assessor/recorder/county clerk, will be the guest speaker for the Info: 788-8080
evening. Installation chair Sharon Davis (Sharon Davis Interior
Design) says, “Greg has a outstanding sense of humor that will Installation Dinner ................................... Jan. 14
keep us all laughing.” In addition to the 2005 Chamber Board of Chair: Sharon Davis
Directors, the Chamber will announce the Citizen of the Year and (Sharon Davis Interior Design)
present other awards of recognition.
Anyone interested in working on the event or wanting a Citizen Citizen of the Year .................................. Jan. 14
of the Year nomination form should call the Chamber office at Chair: Dan Vengler
789-1311. For information on Citizen of the Year, contact Dan (Daniel’s Liquor & Daniel’s West)
Vengler (Daniel’s Liquor & Deli and Daniel’s West), at 789-1155 Info: 789-1155
or Sharon Uran in the Chamber office at 789-1311. Nomination
deadline is Dec. 29. Dinner invitations will be mailed to Chamber GENERAL COMMITTEES
members Dec. 13. Please RSVP early.
Chair: Scott Field — 789-0664
Citizen of the Year — 789-1155
Chair: Dan Vengler (Daniel’s Liquor)
Monthly Mixers — (760) 803-8306
Chair: Jo Fox (Prudential California Realty)
Ambassadors — (760) 271-3090
Chair: Jennifer Jenkin
(Pamo Valley Vineyards & Winery)
President, from page one
or her, the forms are available in the Chamber
Our Christmas Tree Lighting Committee,
Photos by Jennifer Jenkin and
Carol Kinney/Ramona Home Journal chaired by Jeff Ruland and Sharon Davis, has
worked very hard…so come and enjoy on the
evening of Dec. 11. Several thousand people
attend the event, and it just keeps getting
bigger and better.
Take some time to look at our Chamber’s
web site. Jennifer Jenkin (Pamo Valley
Vineyards & Winery) has been very busy
upgrading its format, including pictures,
expanded information and your business
phone numbers. If you have any changes for
your business information, please provide the
Chamber office with an update.
Thousands of youngsters filled the sidewalks up and down Main Street for
This year is soon to close, and my term as
the annual Chamber-sponsored Merchant Trick-or-Treat on Main last
month. Top left, costumed kids line up at the Chamber office. Top right, your president is almost over. It has indeed
Dan Vengler (Daniel’s Markets) treats a young visitor. Above left, been a privilege and my pleasure to serve you.
Countrywide Home Loans was a popular place. Above right, Prudential Thank you for all your support in making our
and Albertsons provided the goodies for visitors to the Chamber office. Chamber one of the best in the county.
At the table are, from left, Jose and Dawn Ortega (Top Notch Compu-
ters), Veronica Clark and Janalee St. Clair (Prudenial California Realty).
DECEMBER 2004 — RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 3
Own a small business?
Consider these retirement plans
By Patrick Meskell If you have no employees: larger contributions than regardless of how much your
When you own a small If your business has no possible with the SEP or the employees contribute.
business, you’re absorbed in employees except your spouse, owner-only 401(k). • Safe Harbor 401(k) with
the “here and now.” But you you may want to choose from If you have employees: Age Enhanced Profit Sharing -
still must think about life after among these plans: If you have employees, you Your business can make
your working years - so you’ll • SEP IRA-With a SEP may want to consider one of additional profit-sharing
need to put a good retirement IRA, you can contribute up to these plans: contributions to a Safe Harbor
plan in place. 25% of your compensation • SIMPLE IRA-A SIMPLE 401(k) plan. If you are older
Fortunately, you can choose into the plan, up to a maxi- IRA is easy to set up and than most of your employees,
from a variety of quality mum of $41,000. inexpensive to administer. In you can structure your plan so
retirement plans. These plans • Owner-only 401(k) - If 2005, you and each of your that the contributions going to
typically offer three key you have an “owner-only employees can contribute up your account, and to those of
features: 401(k),’’ you can put up to 25 to $10,000 to a SIMPLE IRA your key employees, are much
• Tax-deferred earnings- percent of your compensation (or $12,500 if age 50 or over). higher than the percentage
When you invest in a “tax- plus $14,000 (in 2005). If Your business is generally going to most employees.
qualified” retirement plan, you’re 50 or older, you can add required to match both your Pick the plan that fits
you’ll pay no taxes on your an additional $4,000 in and your employees’ contribu- Before choosing a retire-
earnings until you start taking “catch-up” contributions tions, dollar for dollar, up to ment plan for your business,
withdrawals. (However, you can’t contrib- three percent of their salary, meet with your tax advisor
• Pre-tax contributions-You ute more than $41,000 per unless you decide to put in and your investment represen-
generally put in “pre-tax” year if you’re under age 50, or two percent of each eligible tative. Take the time to
dollars to your retirement $44,000 annually if you’re 50 employee’s compensation. choose the plan that fits your
plan, so your contributions or older). Owner-only 401(k) • Safe Harbor 401(k)-A individual needs.
may lower your adjusted gross plans also can permit larger Safe Harbor 401(k) offers the This article is for informa-
income. contributions if your spouse same features of a traditional tional purposes only. Patrick
• Variety of investment works for the business. 401(k), but the amount you Meskell is the Edward Jones
options-You can fund your • Owner-only Defined can defer from your salary is investment representative in
retirement plan with an array Benefit-This plan may be not limited to whether your Ramona. His office is located
of investments: stocks, bonds, appropriate for you if you earn employees contribute or not. at 1425 Main St., 787-1113.
government securities and more than $100,000 annually You, as the business owner, ***
more. from your business, you are benefit because you can Patrick Meskell is the Edward
Now, let’s look at some over age 40, you can commit contribute up to the annual Jones investment representative
common small-business to contribute for at least three maximum ($14,000 in 2005 or in Ramona. His office is located
retirement plans: years, and you desire much $18,000 if you’re 50 or older), at 1425 Main St., 787-1113.
4 RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — DECEMBER 2004
Ambassadors December Member Spotlight:
Horse owners throughout Ramona depend on The Livery, a local fixture since
Corner 1985 and a Chamber member since 1987. Don Wyant and Kathy Zerbe were the
original owners, and Steve Perry has owned it since 1995.
In the mid 80s, the store carried feed, tack, and animal health supplies. By
expanding the retail space, The Livery now offers everything for the horse owner,
By Jennifer Jenkin
from feed, to tack, animal health, clothing and gifts, to ranch supplies such as
Ambassadors Chair fencing equipment and water troughs. The Livery is a Premier Purina Gold
Ambassadors Elected Dealer.
to Board of Directors The staff is a mixed bunch, with some employees specializing in English and
In a bad news/good news situation, the others in the Western disciplines. “We’re all horse people, and we have a nice
diverse group,” says manager Cheryl Wegner. “We all lean towards natural
Chamber will lose two awesome Ambassa-
horsemanship avenues, and we’re always striving to learn more.”
dors at the start of next year: Charlotte The Livery is known for quality products, service and knowledge, and it
Jensen (Charlotte’s-in-the Country sponsors and supports local equestrian events. Visit The Livery at 2537 Main
Antiques) and Patricia Hansen (Ramona Street, at www.thelivery.net or call 789-5582.
Sentinel). However, they will not be lost
for long because they have been elected to
the Chamber’s new Board of Directors!
The Chamber thanks Patricia and Char-
lotte for all their efforts and hard work
Citizen of the Year
during their role as ambassadors. Both
Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available in the Chamber office.
women will be an asset to the Board of
Nominations are due Dec. 29, and the award will be presented during the
annual Installation Dinner on Jan. 14. You do not need to be a Chamber
Ambassador’s Gear Up member to make a nomination, and the nominee does not have to be a Cham-
for Christmas Tree Lighting Event ber member.
There’s a lot of energy and people
wanting to volunteer for the 10th annual Getting the Word Out
Ramona Country Christmas Tree Lighting Frequently, we are asked why we don’t know about an event or other things that
Event this year. The Ambassadors will be are happening in Ramona. The answer to that question is simple. If we are not
hosting the food booth, serving meals of told about it, how can we know? As a Chamber member, if your group or
hotdogs or hamburgers with chips and a organization or company is having an event or something special going on,
drink at a nominal cost. Stacy Bablewski please let us know. We are happy to display posters or flyers in the Chamber
(Faux Designs by Stacy) has volunteered office, list it on the website in “Upcoming Events” or in the newsletter in the
to chair this portion of the event and has Community News Corner. All you have to do is come by the office or give us a
done an outstanding job so far. Her call, and we will see what we can do.
committee to help with the food booth
consists of approximately 10 to 15 people! Help Us Help You
It’s not a small job considering they will Please keep the Chamber informed about any changes to your business or email
be serving an expected 2,000 plates of address or your phone or fax numbers. Fax those updates to us at 789-1317.
food to more than 4,000 people. Bring Also, please contact the Chamber if you would like your business to be listed
Continued on page 11 under additional categories on our website: ramonachamber.com.
DECEMBER 2004 — RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 5
Labor Law Seminar to be held in SD
Information You Can Use
The California Chamber employment law and human ees.
of Commerce will host a resource management. Cost for the seminar is
2005 Labor Law Training Another speaker will be $170, and continental
Seminar in San Diego on Susan Kemp, senior labor law breakfast and handout
Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to counsel, and Helpline materials are included in the
noon. consultant for the California registration fee. All seminars
The seminar will cover Chamber. Susan wrote and require prepayment for
new California legislation edited several chamber registration because seating is
effective January 1, 2005, as publications on topics such as limited. Parking is not
well as important 2004 case employee handbooks, sexual included in registration fee.
law that employers should harassment investigations, For San Diego location and
know about. The seminar family and medical leave, and to register, call (800) 331-
will cover many new exempt/non-exempt employ- 8877.
employment laws that will
affect businesses as well as
changes in laws and
regulations, and update on
Labor Law Helpline offered
significant employment law Labor laws can be confusing for California companies, but
decisions in federal and the California Chamber’s easy-to-use Labor Law Helpline
state courts. service provides explanations and clarifications of laws con-
Paul Schechter, employ- fronting California employers, without all the legal jargon.
ment law counsel for the Current Members: Advisor and Preferred members can call
California Chamber, will be or e-mail the chamber’s experienced advisors with labor law
presenting the seminar. Paul questions. Log in to HRCalifornia.com in order to access the
has served as an employee special Helpline toll-free number and have your member
and human resources number ready. If you are not a member and want to use the
executive and has special- Helpline right away, you can call (800) 649-4921 or visit
ized in employment and www.hercalifornia.com/helpline/ and follow the directions.
labor relations law. He is a The Helpline service is staffed by highly qualified labor law
frequent lecturer and professionals with years of experience in helping California
seminar instructor and the employers. It is available to answer members’ questions
author of the 2004 Califor- Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
nia Labor Law Digest and On the web site, members also can review frequently asked
Labor Law Extra. He also questions to try to find answers regarding common labor law
writes many articles on topics and situations.
Tis the season..to shop We thank our
Looking for Gifts? for holiday trees
Your Chamber encourages members to contact fellow members and wreaths long-time members!
when seeking goods and services. This month, we invite you to The following Chamber members offer We salute these longtime members of the Ramona Chamber
contact these members when you are looking for special gifts: Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias: of Commerce, with 17-21 years of membership:
Albertsons—Cut trees, Poinsettias Guy B. Woodward Museum—19 years
Art About Africa Ramona Florist & Gifts
1459 Main St., 789-0023 Darrell Beck—18 years
621 Main Street, 788-4669 1668 Main Street, #E, 789-1852
City Barber Shop—18 years
Boy Scout Troop 768—Wreaths Dr. James Hill, DDS—18 years
BackPorch Treasures Ramona Pharmacy Contact: Dawn Perfect, 788-1983 Ramona Disposal Service—18 years
789-2545 677 Main Street, 789-0180 Joan Snelling—18 years
L&J Growing Grounds—Live trees Star B Buffalo Ranch—18 years
3306 Carnation Ave., 788-5485 Wells Fargo Bank—18 years
Double Z Enterprises Treasures Christian Store
Gordon Zick, 789-0315 649 Main Street, 788-0254 Bank of America—17 years
Mountain Valley Ranch—Cut trees, Busybee Preschool/Daycare Center—17 years
Wreaths, Poinsettias D’Carlos Restaurant—17 years
Gillespie’s Sun Valley Florist 842 Highway 78, 788-8703 Economizers Purchasing Service/EPS Lumber—17 years
758 Main Street, 789-3054 Manzanita Press—17 years
Stater Bros. Market—Cut trees, Poinsettias Ransom Bros. Lumber & Supply Co.—17 years
1674 Main St., 789-9915 The Livery Feed & Ranch Supply—17 years
8 RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — DECEMBER 2004
Governor signs host of employment laws CONTACT LIST
Bill # Subject Summary 600 B Street, Suite 2240
San Diego, CA 92101
AB2208 Benefits Requires all insurance companies, including all health plans, to provide coverage to the (619) 239-3884 phone
(619) 239-5719 fax
registered domestic partner of an employee, subscriber, insured, or policyholder, equal to the Senator@boxer.senate.gov
coverage it provides to the spouse of those persons.
750 B Street, Suite 1030
An insurer may require proof of registered domestic partnership status or termination of that
San Diego, CA 92101
status only if it also requests verification of marital status and notification of dissolution of the (619) 231-9712 phone
marriage from the employee or subscriber whose spouse is provided coverage, (619) 231-1108 fax
The bill affects all insurance policies issued, amended, delivered, or renewed in this state on U.S. Representative
or after January 1, 2005, and all group health service plans and group health insurance Randy “Duke” Cunningham
policies issued, amended, delivered, or renewed on or after January 2, 2005. 50th District
613 West Valley Parkway, Ste. 320
Escondido, CA 92025
AB254 Benefits Currently, any health care service plan contract or disability insurance policy subject to COBRA (760) 737-8438 phone
or Cal-COBRA is required to offer extended health coverage to former employees and their (760) 737-9132 fax
spouses where the employee was at least 60 years old when employment terminated. This bill
would limit this offer to employees meeting eligibility requirements prior to January 1, 2005. California State Senators
AB1825 Harassment Employers with 50 or more employees must provide 2 hours of training and education to all 1870 Cordell Ct., Suite 107
supervisory employees within one year of January 1, 2005. An employer is exempt if it has El Cajon, CA 92020
provided sexual harassment training and education to employees after January 1, 2003. (619) 596-3136 phone
(619) 596-3140 fax
Effective January 1. 2006, each employer must provide sexual harassment training and email@example.com
education to each supervisory employee once every 2 years.
Jim Battin, 37th District
15708 Pomerado Rd., Ste. N-107
SB 1809 Penalties Significant changes to the 2003 “Sue Your Boss law. AB1845 Unemployment Insurance Poway, CA 92064
Extends employment retraining benefits for eligible individuals receiving unemployment (858) 675-8211 phone
compensation until January 1, 2010. (858) 675-8262 fax
AB2690 Wages All workers employed on public works must be paid not less than the general prevailing rate, California Assembly
except for public works projects of $1,000 or less. This bill exempts a volunteer, a volunteer Jay La Suer, 77th District
5360 Jackson Dr., Suite 102
coordinator, or members of the California Conservation Corps or certified Community La Mesa, CA 91941
Conservation Corps and goes into effect immediately. The exemption applies retroactively to (619) 465-7723 phone
work concluded on or after January 1, 2002, and continues until January 1, 2009, unless a (619) 465-7765 fax
subsequent law modifies that date.
SD County Board of Supervisors
AB1840 Workers’ Comp Provides for $250,000 in death benefits to the estate of a deceased police officer who has no County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway
total dependents and no partial dependents for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2003,
San Diego, CA 92101
but prior to January 1, 2004. (619) 531-5700 phone
(619) 557-4025 fax
AB2219 Workers’ Comp Extends indefinitely the authority of a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to provide
Dianne Jacob, District 2
workers’ compensation medical treatment, prepare the doctor’s first report and authorize up to County Administration Center
3 days off work if working under the supervision of a physician. 1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 531- 5522 phone
AB2866 Workers’ Comp Requires the Department of Insurance to post on its Internet site information for each person, (619) 696-7253 fax
association or business convicted of an insurance fraud violation involving workers’ firstname.lastname@example.org
compensation insurance, services, or benefits. The information is to remain posted for a period
San Diego City Council
of five years from the date of conviction or until the department is notified in writing by the Council Offices
person that the conviction has been reversed or expunged. 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
SB899 Workers’ Comp Significant amendments to workers’ comp system. Mayor Dick Murphy
(619) 236-6330 phone
Source: Caloifornia Chamber of Commerce HRCalifornia.com website (619) 236-7228 fax
DECEMBER 2004 — RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 9
Letter from the President, continued
SPOTLIGHTING NEW MEMBERS
Dos Picos Ranch Rubios (888) 461-7233 or (858) 722-7616
Patti Rutledge Michael Nutting email@example.com
15826 Marmac Drive, Ramona 1664 Main St., #A • 788-9004 www.the waterscreen.com
789-3613 firstname.lastname@example.org Varson Exterior Fire Protection installs
Dos Picos Ranch offers riding lessons and Rubios is a fresh Mexican grill restaurant, an automated exterior fire protection
horse training, as well as pony parties and specializing in fish tacos. It is open from system called The Water Screen, which
the ranch for party rentals by groups, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. provides protection from wildfires.
schools and businesses.
The San Diego Union-Tribune Webster Financial
Indulgence Tanning, Nails & Boutique Patti Anderson, Community Relations Mgr, Jenni Groff
Heidi Charette North & East County 16327 Scarbery Road, Ramona
638 Main St. • 789-4303 800 W. Valley Parkway, Suite 114, Esc. (760) 518-3680 • Groffsc@cox.net
This month-old business offers tanning (619) 299-3131 jenni-groff.myhomeloansite.com
and nail services and a women’s boutique. www.signonsandiego.com Jenni Groff is the area representative
email@example.com for Webster Financial, a mortgage
Cindy Price, E. A. The San Diego Union-Tribune is the brokerage. She has lived in Ramona for
16716 Georgias Way, Ramona county’s largest-circulation daily. The Union- the past 10 years, and she also is a Notary
788-6944 • firstname.lastname@example.org Tribune also publishes Enlace, a weekly signing agent.
Cindy, who specializes in bookkeeping Spanish-language news publication and
and tax services and audit representation, operates SignOnSanDiego.com.
has 16 years of experience. She offers
electronic filing and other e-services and Varson Exterior Fire Protection
does training for women entering this Patrick Gilson and Emilio Vargas
field. She has flexible hours to meet her 13553 Poway Road, #337, Poway
New members introduced at the Chamber’s Fifties’
Mixer in September were, standing, from left: Gina
Seashore, life coach; Celia Shanahan, 850 Main Street
Salon; Eric Lopez, Main Street Church; Mike Magic,
Coldwell Banker; Chuck DeMund, Ramona Rotary Club;
Jeff Uran, Eartheggs; Pam and Pat Meier, Suddenly
Slender Shape; Sally Westbrook and Kitty Toth, Diversified
Title & Escrow; and kneeling: Sharon Landacre,
Discovery Toys. Our apologies for not getting this photo
in last month.
Photo courtesy of Ramona Home Journal
Hurricane & Poway
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10 RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — DECEMBER 2004
Christmas services 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the donations will be accepted to
St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley VFW parking lot at 2247 Kelly help defray the cost. For more
Episcopal Church has several St. Donors will receive a blood information, including time for
holiday events and services: Dec. donor t-shirt and a choice of a the dinner, contact the church
5, 5 p.m., The “O” Antiphon hamburger or a hotdog lunch, or RDOutreach@sbcglobal.net.
Community Information Corner
Service; Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m., courtesy of the VFW.
The Annual Greening of the Christmas dinner-reception
Church (decorating event); Dec. A farmers’ market is open
24, 5 p.m., The Children’s Ramona Disaster Outreach every Wednesday, from 4 to 7
Christmas Pageant; Dec. 24, 10 and St. Mary’s-in-the-Valley p.m., at Sun Valley Charter
p.m., half hour of Christmas Church will host a Christmas School at 2102 Main St. Pro-
hymns and carols with Jose dinner-reception Dec. 19 at at ceeds from this certified farmers’
Smith, harpist; Dec. 24, 10:30 the church. Community mem- market and crafts fair benefit the
p.m. A Festival Service for bers and fire survivors are charter high school. Growers,
Christmas. invited to help decorate the crafters, artists and food vendors
church, starting at 10:30 a.m., are invited to reserve space by
Singers, ringers needed and to enjoy a dinner. No calling 788-8008.
Immaculate Heart of Mary church service is planned, just
Church needs singers for “Les- the traditional “Greening of the Some items reprinted from
sons and Carols,” to be per- Church.” Volunteers are needed Ramona Sentinel and San Vicente
formed at 5 p.m. Dec. 19. to work at the dinner, and Valley News.
Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 8
p.m. at the church, 537 E St.
Singers and bell players also are
needed for Midnight Mass at
11:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Rehearsals
are Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Continued from page five The executive committee elected
church. For more information, your families, friends and hungry to start term-of-office Jan. 1 is
call Dr. Marc Peterka at 789- appetites to the Christmas Tree made up of Jennifer Krempp
0583, Ext. 11, or email Lighting Event Saturday, Dec. (Countrywide Home Loans
email@example.com. 11, in the vacant lot between Ramona), vice-chair: Leticia
D’Carlos and Ramona National MacPherson (Bank of America),
Live nativity pageant Bank from 4 to 8 p.m. treasurer; and Russ Ann Zazas
Immaculate Heart of Mary *** (Mary Kay & Zazas Enterprise &
Church will offer its annual live New Ambassador Leasing), new member coordina-
outdoor nativity pageant on Dec. Executive Committee tor, with the support of Stacy
5 at the church at 537 E St. Jeanne Wood (Jeanne Wood Bablewski (Faux Designs by
Music begins at 5:30 p.m., with Photography) will be the Stacy). The secretary’s post is
the pageant at 6 p.m. Ambassador chair as of Jan. 1. still open.
Blood drive Check out the Ambassadors on the web site at
The Red Cross Bloodmobile ramonachamber.com/chamber/ambassadors.php4
will be in Ramona Dec. 18 from
1443 Main St.
Ramona, CA 92065
DECEMBER 2004 — RAMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 11
San Vicente Inn & Golf Club Ramona Chamber of Commerce,
hosted our November mixer, and Charlene Foote/Prudential
because of the recent national California Realty, Countrywide
election, everyone was invited to Home Loans, Expansion
attend dressed as their favorite Products Company, Indulgence
president. Kathleen Kennedy was Tanning, Jewelry World, Karen
the deejay for the event, dressed Clendenen/Century 21, Ramona
in her most colorful “Uncle Disposal, Ramona Florist,
Sam” outfit, of course. Ramona Vintners Cellars, Sears Above, Sharon Davis and Kathleen
Sharon Davis, a member of Ramona, Sharon Davis Interior Kennedy, Below Angie Morlan and
our Board of Directors and Design, Silhouette Studio for Bonnie Beach of the San Vicente Inn &
Golf Club, with Chamber president
principal in Sharon Davis Women, Squeekee Squeegee,
Interior Design, took home a gift The Promenade Club, Union Photos courtesy of
certificate for $50, donated by Bank of California, Velocity San Vicente Valley News (above)
our hosts, when she was declared Paintball, Ramona Awards and and Ramona Home Journal
the “best dressed’ for the event. San Vicente Inn & Golf Club.
She came dressed as “President There will be no mixer in
Hillary 2008.” December or January. Instead,
We even had a Rollover the Chamber will host the
Jackpot winner. Lisa DeFloria of Ramona Country Christmas Tree
Economizers Purchasing Service/ Lighting event on Dec. 11 and
EPS Lumber was there to claim will hold its annual Installation
$491.50. We’ll start with a new Dinner and Awards on Jan. 14.
jackpot in February, and if you
are a Chamber member and New Chamber members
there for the event your name is introduced at the mixer were,
drawn, you can claim it, too. from left: Patrick Gilson and
We thank the San Vicente Emilio Vargas, Varson Exterior
Inn & Golf Club for once again Fire Protection; Gayle and Heidi
putting out an abundance of Charette, Indulgence Tanning,
Nails & Boutique; Donna Naish,
delicious items, including sushi,
Donna’s Antiques & Decorative
vegetable trays, egg rolls, Arts; Dolores Garcia of the
chocolate delights and roast beef Chamber office; Gary Crotts,
sliced to order. Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Patti
We also thank those who Rutledge, Dos Picos Ranch, Travis Linder, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; and Jenni
donated door prizes for the Groff, Webster Financial.
evening: Art About Africa, Photo by Jennifer Jenkin
Daniels #2 Propane
and Realize ...
Chamber of Commerce
Ramona, CA 92065
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