Dianne Rohwer-Johnson was appointed to a seat on the Rainbow Community Planning Group.
A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote May 18 ratified the Rainbow Community Planning Group’s recommendation to have Rohwer-Johnson fill one of the vacant seats. Her term will expire on January 3, 2011.
“I really like where I live, and I’d like it to remain like it is with improvements,” Rohwer-Johnson said.
Rohwer-Johnson has lived in Rainbow for the past 10 years. She lives at the Oak Crest Estates mobile home park and has been on that board for the past eight years. Rohwer-Johnson moved to Rainbow from Fallbrook, where she had lived since 1979.
Rohwer-Johnson grew up in the Northern California town of Woodland, where her father was a teacher. After her divorce from her first husband, she was in the property management business when her son introduced her to her current husband, a now-retired plumbing contractor in Fallbrook.
“I did have to get a Thomas book out and see where exactly Fallbrook was,” she said.
Rohwer-Johnson became a trauma intervention volunteer and crisis team manager. She worked with law enforcement and fire departments throughout North County before retiring in 2004.
Her property management, public safety, and residential board background were augmented by her concern with a major community issue, specifically the proposed Liberty Quarry just north of Oak Crest. “I’m deeply concerned about the quarry. I don’t want that to go in at all,” she said.
Rainbow Community Planning Group chair Paul Georgantas approached Rohwer-Johnson about the possibility of filling one of the planning group’s vacant seats. “I went to a couple of meetings and it worked out,” she said.
In addition to the Liberty Quarry issue, Rohwer-Johnson notes that Rainbow’s issues include noise from the Pala motocross track. Rohwer-Johnson isn’t on the affected side of Rainbow, but if her windows are open she can hear traffic on Interstate 15.
“We have our own racetrack,” she said of the freeway.
One Rainbow issue Rohwer-Johnson does not want solved immediately is the lack of high-speed Internet. AT&T has indicated that it would provide high-speed Internet service to the Rainbow area if an additional 200 homes made such service feasible for the communications company, while Rohwer-Johnson doesn’t like the idea of an additional 200 dwelling units in Rainbow. “You’re going to pay to have peace and quiet. You’re going to pay to live in the country,” she said.
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