On October 14 Scripps Ranch said "goodbye" and "thank you" to Councilmember Brian Maienschein for all his work on behalf of the community over the last eight years. Brian leaves office on Monday, Dec. 8, after serving two terms in office--the maximum possible.
Community members came by the Scripps Ranch Library's community room to thank Brian for his work on numerous projects throughout those eight years. It was an evening to socialize and reminisce with Brian.
Many Cedar Fire survivors stopped in. Just days after the fire, Brian set up the one-stop shop for fire survivors at the Recreation Center, a model now being used nationwide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His tireless work to help rebuild Scripps Ranch will be one of his most enduring legacies, as will the personal touch he lent to so many issues.
Brian thanked the community for its support and got choked up as he said how much he will miss seeing and speaking with many residents on nearly a daily basis. He also thanked his amazing and hardworking staff, led by his chief of staff Lance Witmondt. Brian extended a special thank you to his mom, Carol Maienschein, who was in attendance, for her continuing support.
Brian, you will be missed and you have set the bar high! The responsiveness of you and your office to residents' concerns was exemplary, as was your efforts to keep the community informed through the Newsletter. Good luck!
The delicious refreshments were provided by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Special thanks to the Ilko family who spent much of the day preparing the room and the food for the event. Thank you, Bob, Janet, Alicia, and Steven!
Congratulations to San Diego police's Northeastern Division's Sgt. Jeff Peterson, who is also our Newsletter contributor. Jeff received the award for Outstanding Customer Service Within the Community from the Blue Knight Association, a law enforcement and business owners group.
Jeff was nominated by his former lieutenant, Dawn Summers. Jeff is very responsive to our community, and always available to residents to address questions or concerns. Congratulations, Jeff, on a well-deserved award!
The crimes for September this year were a bit higher than the same month last year. However, most of the incidents occurred in the commercial parts of Scripps Ranch and not in the neighborhoods of our community.
Please stay vigilant and call the police if you see something out of the ordinary. Credit cards are a huge target right now, especially if the thieves can use the cards well ahead of you discovering them missing. Do not leave wallets or purses in your vehicles for any reason!
He brings with him a great deal of experience in all parts of our police department and a desire to keep this division functioning at a very high level. Although we are sad to see Captain Miguel Rosario move on, we know he will make us proud in his new assignment in Investigations.
The Information Center parking lot is not open to overnight parking--from 11 pm to 5 am. Violating vehicles are subject to citation or towing. The closure was to address past vandalism and littering in the parking lot. Parked vehicles tend to shield illegal activities from view.
Overflow parking also reduced the number of available parking for those attending night meetings at the Information Center. The overnight closure has addressed this issue. The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association supported the closure of the parking lot.
Now is the time to apply for a passport. The Department of Homeland Security has targeted the summer of 2009 to require passports for pedestrian and vehicular border crossings, as well as ocean cruises. Turnaround time for passport applications has been less than four weeks to receive a passport by mail from the time the application is accepted at the Information Center. It is about two weeks for expedited service, which is available at an additional fee.
Passport processing hours at the Information Center are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 to 3:30 pm; and, Fridays from 1 to 3:30 pm. Regular hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm and 2:30 to 5 pm; and, Fridays from 1 to 5 pm.
For more information, please call 538-8200. We can also be reached at [[email protected]], or visit us at [www.sandiego.gov/servicecenters/locations/scrippsranch.shtml].
We need a hero! The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), an all-volunteer organization, is growing rapidly. The only thing that will stop us is a lack of volunteers. We desperately need someone to serve as a volunteer coordinator. Someone who will seek like-minded members of the community to join with us in making SRT the jewel of Scripps Ranch. Interested? Please contact Joe Casali at 619-884-0570 or [[email protected]].
Join us for the Scripps Ranch High School Madrigal Dinner on Friday, Dec. 5, at Marshall Middle School. The "castle doors"--located in front of the MMS multipurpose room--open at 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit the SRHS Choral Department. Jay Rubin directs the performance. Tickets are: $30 for adults; $25 for students; and, $10 for children 10 and under. For tickets, contact Bev Jatzak at 586-0919 or [[email protected]].
The Farmers Market got off to a great start at our new location, the new Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School at 11778 Cypress Canyon Road, just north of the Community Park. We have more vendors, more farmers, more food, more clothes--more of everything.
The Halloween Costume Contests were a hit. We want to thank our wonderful sponsor, our community ambassadors from [SDbackyard.com]. They volunteered to serve as judges and had a lot of fun. We also would like to thank Sam Hornedo and his 501st Legion of Star Wars characters for again volunteering to judge our contests and roam the market to the delight of young and old alike.
During these tough economic times, you can find great deals for holiday gifts at the Farmers Market. We are open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, year round. Our move to the new EBS puts us closer to the playing fields, so all youth sports parents can cruise in before, during, or after their child's games.
For more information, please contact me at [[email protected]], 586-7933, or visit [www.srfm.org]. Stop by, shop, and be sure to say "hi."