Editorial

I Ought to be in Pictures

Do you ever get the feeling I Ought to be in Pictures? If you do, then you'll want to attend the Scripps Ranch Theater production of the play by the same name, starting Feb. 8. Read all about it on page 65, and sign up soon; sell outs are common.

I too feel like I'm in a play, or a movie, or day-time TV. This last year has had some pretty amazing changes for my family and myself. Whew, many are good; but the scene changes are a bit much. And for the next performance, I'll be playing the part of Rita, as Editor of the Newsletter. Wish me luck.

As we transition with the Newsletter into a new era, we are trying to evaluate what is good, and what could or should be changed. Read our ideas on page 5, then let us know what you think. My goal over the next few months is to facilitate this transition and to create a team that can do what Rita has done so well. Please welcome Victoria Mazelli and Gloria Tran, new cast members, who will have major parts. Be kind and understanding as they learn the script.

And please give Rita some applause when you see her around the Ranch--at old Vons, in the Media Center at Dingeman School, or on Sundays at the Scripps Ranch Library. Part of our family story over the past several years, has been how Rita went back to school, got an undergrad degree, then a teaching credential, and then enrolled in a Master of Library Science program.

Saying goodbye to the Newsletter will allow her to finish that program and complete her transition from stay-at-home mom and part-time secretary and Editor to fully sanctified children's Librarian. I know Rita has been an inspiration to many of you; she has been to me too. So if you have a dream, follow it. You never know exactly where it will lead, but you will be richer for it.

Speaking of dreams, I am dreaming of a time when SRCA has each of you as members. The SRCA membership drive is now in full swing. Please return the membership form you received in the mail, or go online to our webpage [www.scrippsranch.org] to sign up. Your membership gives SRCA the financial and political clout to help get what we need and want for the Ranch.

One of the things we have needed for some time is a warning on Scripps Poway Parkway that folks are driving through the middle of a residential neighborhood with children and schools. On page 25, Councilmember Brian Maienschein describes flashing beacons that will be installed shortly to warn motorists of the nearby pedestrians.

The scenery on the Ranch is kept in tip-top shape by the two landscape maintenance districts. But as you might expect, the costs are going up and an increase in fees for the LMDs is likely. Turn to page 21 to find out what the LMDs do and what SRCA is doing to ensure that any increase is warranted.

This next month you will want to attend the on-stage performance of those who want to represent us, at the SRCA Candidates Forum on Feb. 12, at the Scripps Ranch Library. See page 11 for the rest of the script.

The twists and turns of the plot of getting a new middle school is a nail biter; hopefully, it won't have an O'Henry ending. You can find more by reading page 9.

Soon the limelight will be on planning group elections. Why sit in the shadows and complain about what happens on the Ranch? You can be in the spotlight and make decisions about what happens with schools and traffic. Read more about it on page 27.

And for action shots, nobody can beat our firefighters. Schedule a visit for your pack, troop, or community group to the fire station educational center. I know you'll like the cast of characters and you'll walk away with a smile.

See you at Vons!