Editor's Note 12:50 p.m. Tuesday: The sign is gone.
Drivers heading into Rancho Bernardo on Tuesday were greeted—for the first time in a long time—by a sign welcoming them to the community.
But they were welcomed with a question:
"WHEN" it reads in blue letters on one side for drivers heading east toward Bernardo Center Drive.
"RB got sign?" it reads on the other side for westbound drivers.
It's been two years since a welcome sign, positioned in the median on Rancho Bernardo Road just west of Bernardo Center Drive, was destroyed. A new committee met for the first time over the weekend to try and come up with a design that the RB Community Council and RB Planning Board—the two groups that must approve a new design—can agree on.
But the long process has frustrated some, perhaps many.
So who is responsible for this new sign? Ron Bamberger, the outspoken head of a local business group that had been involved in the previous welcome sign committee, said it wasn't him, but he saw the humor in it.
As for the real sign, the new committee—the Welcome Sign Review Group, with three members each from the council and planning board—met Saturday and came up with several ideas, according to email to Patch from member Ed Muna.
- Have the RB branding (logo) and name in an oil bronze traditional font.
- The primary surface should be heavy stucco.
- Discussed possibly adding stone, columns and a roof.
Muna said members "worked very well together and seemed to be in agreement on just about every point," and it likely will take a few more meetings to get to a final design. The group is next scheduled to meet Monday at the , though the exact details are still to be determined.
(For a history of the process, see Patch's Welcome Sign page.)