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Water in Evans Pond

Although in the past few months the water level in Evans Pond had dropped dangerously low, water has now refilled the pond and it is back to its former appearance. Located right next to the Scripps Ranch Library, Evans Pond is one of two artificial ponds that date back to the E. W. Scripps days. Hendrix Pond on Aviary Drive is the other.

Evans Pond was constructed by Nackey Scripps Meanley to supply water to her home and ranch. When the Library Center was planned, residents insisted that the pond be retained as a desired addition to the library grounds and to provide a mirror, reflecting the library.

The Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance Assessment District assumed maintenance of the library grounds. Because of a much lower amount of rain and run-off this past year, water in Evans Pond dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade, threatening wildlife in the pond and the adjacent eucalyptus trees that rely on seepage from the pond.

Previously, the Water Authority had provided water from the State Aqueduct, that serves Miramar Reservoir, when the aqueduct was closed for repairs. This worked until last year when the Authority delayed cleaning the aqueduct and the promised water was not supplied. Other options for filling the pond needed to be identified.

Residents and the SRCA pursued the option of adding either recycled water from the underground holding reservoir located in the Scripps Ranch Business Park or state water via the aqueduct. Use of reclaimed water for the pond was not an easy task.

After much effort, a proposal finally received clearance from the city, county, and state offices, as well as the Health Department. But use of reclaimed water required specifically designated pipes and signage that encumbered the expedient completion of filling the pond.

Pond level in August was dropping 1-2 inches each day. Also, the reclaimed water has a high concentration of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, and could jeopardize the health of the pond and its plants and wildlife.

The most effective solution appeared to be to purchase water from the state, such as the water flowing into local San Diego reservoirs, including Miramar. The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council authorized $2,700 for the purchase of 6-acre feet of water believed to be sufficient to fill the pond to the outflow point.

With Councilmember Brian Maienschein's help, the community received authorization for a maximum of 20-acre feet of untreated water. Because the capacity was unknown, Wes Danskin, SRCA past president and a professional hydrologist, and his son Sky, volunteered to use a Boy Scout project to make a contour map of the pond.

Just before 9 am on Tuesday, Aug. 13, water began to flow from the standpipe under the bridge into Evans Pond. It took about a week to completely fill the pond. Before the pond was filled, six dumpsters of debris were removed.

Thanks to all who helped Scripps Ranch preserve this community amenity. See page 5 for a list of those individuals. As Wes Danskin observed after completing the mapping project, "After working in the area, I was amazed. A steady stream of people visit the pond all day. It is much more well used than I realized."

Historical Site

Save Our Scripps Ranch (SOS Ranch) is proud to announce that the long battle over setting aside the historical wall and trees adjacent to Evans Pond has finally been won. It is formally known as "Historical Resources Board Site #450-- Scripps Meanley Stables and House Complex Cultural Landscape."

Though the land was designated a City Historical Site in the fall of 2000, an appeal was filed by the owners at that time. Since then, Intel has purchased the property and recently cancelled the appeal. We are now proceeding with the required paperwork for State Historical designation. Thank you to everyone who helped in this process.

Dorothy Mildice

Miramar Water Treatment Plant Construction

The upgrade and expansion of the Miramar Water Treatment Plant located at Lake Miramar is well underway. Phase I began in June 2001 and is near completion. Phase II starts this month.

Phase I Recap

The work on Scripps Lake Drive and Scripps Ranch Boulevard is near completion. A new coat of slurry seal will soon be added to the road. The new sound wall is almost complete. It is located across from the library and was designed to mirror the old Meanley Wall. It will be lengthened as part of Phase II.

New security fences have been installed around the plant as part of the Water Department's city-wide security enhancements.

Phase II Starting

Phase II of the project begins this fall. Some aspects will impact the public, mostly people who use the lake. Phase II will take place over the next two years, and will accomplish the following:

  • Install a new 84-inch drinking water line;
  • Install a new 90-inch raw water supply line;
  • Prepare the site for the next phase of construction;
  • Widen the lake entrance from Scripps Lake Drive;
  • Improve the existing parking area and pave the west parking area; and,
  • Add landscape and other improvements around the lake.

Lake Access and Parking

During Phase II, access to the lake will be maintained at all times for pedestrians. There will be times when vehicles cannot access the east parking area, including those bringing boats or amphicars to the lake. Parking will be accommodated onsite to provide for the unavailable spots. Boats already at the lake may be used.

The west parking area--west of the lake entrance road--currently dirt, will be leveled off, paved, and landscaped. This will increase the amount of parking available once Phase II is complete.

For more information, contact [[email protected]]. Also, minutes from design meetings are at the library.

Lake Lowering

Miramar Lake will be lowered twice during Phase II construction. The first time will be this winter and last approximately three months. The second lake lowering will happen in winter of next year. The lake must be lowered in winter to coincide with water availability from the San Diego County Water Authority and their shutdown schedule.

Lake Entrance Changes

The lake entrance off Scripps Lake Drive will be improved. A new westbound exit lane will be added to allow visitors leaving the lake to accelerate before merging into traffic.

The existing entrance will be widened and changed into a two-lane entrance and exit, and a separate bike lane and sidewalk will be added. The existing exit will be closed to vehicle use and will be used by city staff for maintenance.

Schedule Information

Later this month, work will also begin on the demolition of the existing fuel station located at the plant. In the Water Treatment Plant Phases, this area will be used for new facilities. Here is a recap of the project schedule:

  • Phase I: June 2001 to Fall 2002;
  • Phase II: September 2002 to Winter 2004-2005;
  • Water Treatment Plant Phases: Fall 2003 to Winter 2009.

For more information on this project, visit the Water Department website at [www.sandiego.gov]. Click on "Departments" and then "Water." Or, call our public information line at 619-533-4679.

Robert Carty, San Diego Water Dept.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is still top of mind this month as the temperatures remain high and the brush remains dry. The city of San Diego has updated their Canyon Fire Safety brochure. Copies are available at the Information Center and the library.

We have excerpted a few of the conditions that may mean you must get a permit before clearing brush in open space. If any of the following apply to your property, you may need a permit. These are only a few of the conditions.

  • If the slope is 25%, which is about half as steep as normal steps;
  • If the property is in an open space easement;
  • If the land is owned by the city; or,
  • If the property is adjacent to the mapped Multiple Species Conservation Program area, different guidelines apply.

For more information or to get a permit, contact Development Services, Development and Permit Information at 619-446-5000.

The brochure also lists additional city sources of information. They include:

  • For brush management and weed abatement questions, call the City Fire and Life Safety Services at 619-533-4444;
  • To dispose of brush or other refuse, call the Miramar Landfill at 573-1420;
  • For code compliance issues, call the City Neighborhood Code Compliance at 619-236-5500.

CUSH Legs for Literacy

It is time to sign up for the 4th Annual Scripps Ranch Community 5K and 1- Mile Fun Run/Walk. It is set for Sunday, Oct. 20, at Miramar Lake. Proceeds benefit all Scripps Ranch schools.

This year we hope for a great turnout from all residents from Scripps Ranch and nearby communities. Proceeds will go directly to the school of your choice. Check out the registration form, which you can get many different ways:

  • On the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org];
  • At the Scripps Ranch Farmer's Market on Saturdays, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, from 9 am-1 pm at EBS;
  • Through your child's school newsletter; and,
  • Online at [www.active.com] or [www.raceplace.com].

A fun-filled day is planned with the 1- Mile Fun/Run Walk beginning at 8 am and the 5K at 8:30 am. Kids 12 and under will receive medals for participating in the 1-mile race. T-shirts, goody bags, and balloons will be given away.

Various food samples and giveaways will be available courtesy of our booth sponsors--On the Border, Starbucks, McDonald's, Play it Again Sports, Planet Smoothie, Bruegger's Bagels, The Haircut Store, Scripps Ranch Bank of America, The Wave, Pat and Oscar's, Zany Brainy, and Vons.

Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, and there will be raffles and prizes. Fees are $15 for students and $18 for adults. Registration will also take place at 6:45 am on race day. Parking is limited and we encourage carpooling. Additional parking will be available on Meanley Drive, below the library.

Let's pull together to support our schools. Teachers are also encouraged to participate. For further information, contact Tina at 547-8488 or Mary at 560-2052. To volunteer, call Shannon at 547-9566. See you at the starting line!

Pat Matthews, Publicity

Project Heart Beat

Under the direction of Scripps Ranch resident Karen McElliott, San Diego Project Heart Beat held an orientation meeting in our library. Project Heart Beat has distributed more than 400 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at various locations and has trained personnel for each of the life-saving devices.

There is one in our library, as well as at Fire Stations 37 (Scripps Ranch) and 44 (Mira Mesa). The AED is an effective way for non-medical personnel to help heart attack victims. Using the AED within one minute is best.

Councilmember Brian Maienschein has facilitated placing the AED in public buildings as a community service. Congressman Duke Cunningham helped arrange this meeting and has provided unqualified support of the program.

Last Concert of the Summer

It is hard to believe that summer 2002 is just about over. Soon we will see those school buses again and deal with more traffic. "Together" time will once again have to be shared with all the commitments and responsibilities that go along with active families.

What better reason could there be for enjoying our last Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park summer concert. Come down to Hoyt Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 pm for a good time with the Ultra Tones. Hoyt Park is at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake Drives. There is just no way to keep from smiling when you come out for a late afternoon and enjoy family, friends, and music.

Development Update

Residents have asked us what will be built at the corner of Spring Canyon and Pomerado Roads. It will be a neighborhood called Versante and will consist of 27 detached homes. Models open in early 2003. The builder is Cal-Sun Development, and the property is in Council District 7.

In other development news, we have reported that Western Pacific Housing has applied to the city to initiate a Community Plan Amendment. This would rezone the property east of Alliant International University from university land to mixed-use designation.

The Planning Commission hearing to take up the issue has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 19. The meeting is at 9 am on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building at 202 C Street. If approved by the Planning Commission, this initiation starts a more detailed process of evaluation and community input.

Maienschein's Teen Court Finishes First Year

One of Councilmember Brian Maienschein's first goals after he was elected was to expand the juvenile diversion program called Teen Court to include more schools in the city of San Diego. Teen Court is designed to allow first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders to participate in a binding sentencing hearing administered by a jury of their peers.

Most diversion programs are considered successful if they have a 50% re-offense rate. Teen Court is such an effective deterrent that only 3% of its offenders are arrested again.

Under the Teen Court program, juvenile offenders who are referred by the San Diego Police Department must first accept responsibility for their crime. They must then agree to abide by the punishment selected by the jury.

Punishments can include counseling, workshops, community service, letters of apology to victims and parents, and research assignments. Teen Court provides an actual courtroom experience for teenagers to directly see what can happen if they break the law, and the results are phenomenal, says Maienschein.

Since 2001, Councilmember Maienschein has expanded the Teen Court program to serve more than 850 students and 45 juvenile offenders per school year. The expansion of Teen Court started in District 5, with the program first operating at Scripps Ranch High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, and Mira Mesa High School

Reclaimed Water

We have just completed San Diego's driest year on record. San Diego, and our own Scripps Ranch community, would not exist as they do today if it were not for water imported into the region.

In 1997, work was completed on a wastewater treatment plant at the 805 freeway and Miramar Road. To reduce San Diego's dependence on imported water, this plant produces reclaimed water from treated wastewater.

Careful monitoring ensures that we produce highly treated water that meets the State Department of Health Services criteria. This water can be used for landscape irrigation. Many freeway medians throughout the area and some golf courses are irrigated with reclaimed water. So, why am I telling you this?

Because this fall, we will use reclaimed water to irrigate Butterfly Park, which surrounds your Information Center. The city will also irrigate many other facilities with reclaimed water.

Again, Scripps Ranch will be on the leading edge. The use of reclaimed water will mean reduced cost to users and with a reduced dependence on imported water, the rest of us will save as well. If you have a business capable of using reclaimed water, call me at 538-8210.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

Homeowners' Night

Do you plan to remodel or add to your home? If so, do not miss Homeowners' Night sponsored by the city's Development Services Department and the Scripps Ranch Information Center. It is on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6-8 pm. Staff will be able to answer many questions, including when do you need a building permit and how do you get one.

The Information Center is located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. RSVP to Michael Young at 538-8200. Refreshments will be provided.

Special Honor

At an award ceremony in Houston, Texas, Scripps Ranch resident John Purcell received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Award for Significant and Continuing Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity.

This very prestigious award recognizes researchers and technologists who have made contributions in the field of applied superconductivity over a period of more than 20 years.

John has worked in superconductivity for almost 40 years, has over 20 patents and more than 85 publications in this high-tech field. He designed and led the construction of some of the largest superconducting magnets ever built.

Many members of John's family attended the ceremony. We are all very proud of John and his achievements.

Diana Purcell

Free Classes

The Centers for Education and Technology, the non-credit arm of the San Diego Community College District, is offering several free classes in Scripps Ranch. Sewing Fundamentals will be on Tuesdays from 9-11am. The class is free and open to adults. It will be at the Recreation Center and runs Tuesday, Sept. 10, to Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003.

Time-Saving Cooking, will be offered Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm starting Sept. 5. The class will also be offered Friday mornings from 9 am-1 pm beginning Sept. 6. Both classes will be at the Scripps Ranch Library. Students share food costs. For information, call 627-2545.

Missed the Cozy Coupes?

Did you miss seeing the Cozy Coupes Corps in the 4th of July parade this year? Would you like to see them again next year? Or, something just as creative? This is a great way to participate in the parade with your 3 and 4 year olds.

I have been in charge of this award-winning event for eight years and it is time to pass it on to the next generation. Please call me if you would like to take over as coordinator. Katy Philyaw at 578-7524.