I was happy to announce at the April SRCA meeting that I have allocated $25,000 in infrastructure funds for the renovation and maintenance of the Jerabek Elementary School joint-use field. These funds will be used in place of the funds previously pledged by the SRCA and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council for this project. This $25,000, accompanied by the previous $20,000 I was able to obtain, will raise the low points of the field and will provide much needed renovation of the turf.
Preliminary work begins in the next two months, with most of the work occurring in August and September. This will coordinate with Jerabek's class schedule and will take advantage of the summer weather. I know this field is one of the most used in Scripps Ranch, and the recent limited use by sports teams has made this issue a high priority for me.
I appreciate that Scripps Ranch took the initiative to do what is needed by pledging community funds for this project. However, I feel that the money pledged by the SRCA and the Recreation Council for this project can and should be spent on other worthy community projects. Now they will be able to do so.
In several parts of Northeastern Division we are experiencing an increase in daytime residential burglaries. Although this hasn't spread to Scripps Ranch to the same degree as other areas, I thought I would provide information that might lessen your chance of becoming a victim.
- As the heat of summer approaches, lock your doors and windows when you leave. In many current cases, the suspects get into the home through unlocked sliding glass doors to the rear of the house.
- Close the garage door and lock the access doors that lead from your yard to the garage and from the garage into the house.
- If you must leave a spare key outside, do not put it in common areas such as under the doormat. Everyone knows to look there.
- If you have an alarm, arm it each and every time you leave.
- If you leave on vacation, let a neighbor know so they can watch your house. Also, come to Northeastern Division and fill out a Vacation House form so we may send someone by to check on your home.
- Remind your children not to post on their MySpace homepage that your family is leaving on vacation--this is becoming a big problem.
I just want to say thank you to the SRCA Board and all Scripps Ranch residents for the commendation presented to me at Recognition Night. It was very thoughtful. I will continue to work hard to bring you information I feel will keep you safe in my Newsletter articles. I also will continue to solve issues as they are presented to me. Thank you again!
You are invited to a free class, Living with Wildfire: Reducing Property Risks, Habitat Losses, and Costs, on Wednesday, May 14, from 6 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. It will focus on: how houses ignite; attributes of ignition-resistant structures and firewise landscaping; responsible brush management; the costs of excessive vegetation reduction; low-cost maintenance and retrofits to reduce property risks; and, more.
The classes were developed after the 2003 wildfires--and have been updated since the 2007 fires--by the San Diego Natural History Museum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Business and Ecology Consulting, and 30 experts. Courses will be held in each City Council district and are sponsored by the Community Forestry Board of the city of San Diego, City Council members, and a State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant.
The class in District 7 is on Thursday, May 8, at 6 pm at the Mission Valley Church of the Nazarene, 4750 Mission Gorge Place. No registration is needed. If you have any questions, please send them to [[email protected]].
We are pleased to announce that our Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council has been selected for a $97,200 federal grant to extend our Neighbor Brush Abatement Program through 2009. A key factor in the award was the SRCA's pledge to assist us with in-kind matching funds. Thank you!
Many firebreak areas in Scripps are filling with weeds and grasses--growing up to six feet high. By July these will become highly volatile flash fuels, creating a very dangerous fire threat. If you are worried about the safety of your neighborhood, contact us at 945-6303 or [[email protected]].
What if there was a simple way to provide students with the books, technology, and supplies that they need to learn? What if people from all walks of life could connect directly with public schools, learn about specific classroom needs, and choose how to help?
DonorsChoose.org makes this possible. Their model is so good, they've earned Amazon.com's Nonprofit Innovation Award, Charity Navigator's Four Stars, and Fast Company's 2008 Social Capitalists Award. DonorsChoose.org is a not-for-profit website that allows teachers to submit project proposals for materials or experiences that their students need to learn. These teachers' ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, called citizen philanthropists, choose to fund a project.
Each of us in Scripps Ranch has the ability to become a citizen philanthropist [www.DonorsChoose.org]. From nominal donations to substantial, from individual participation to Scout troops, the possibilities to participate are endless. To find a proposal from your chosen school:
- Go to [www.DonorsChoose.org] and double click the all-caps "CHOOSE A PROJECT" at the top of the page.
- Now click on "Advanced Search," which can be found to the right of the keyword box.
- Scroll down to "Identify a Community, School or Teacher Type section," select California Southern, then San Diego Unified Schools, then choose the specific school.
- If that school has any projects, they will come up for you to review.
Proposals change daily, so check back often. If your school is not participating, encourage them to do so. It won't take away all of the pain from the budget cuts, but it can certainly help ease the sting!
The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee will discuss the possible closure of the Information Center parking lot to overnight parking. The closure will help address loitering, littering, vandalism, and noise. The meeting is on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 pm at the Information Center. All residents are welcome.
I am very pleased to welcome Nancee Thomas to the Information Center. She works at our public service counter on a part-time basis. Nancee is a retired city of San Diego Public Library employee and lives in Scripps Ranch with her husband. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and excellent customer service. Gaye Kuyper and I are very happy to have her as part of our team.
We open the 2008 concert season with The Mar Dels playing at the Community Park on Sunday, May 18, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The Mar Dels will play following the Community Fair. This first concert is sponsored by Time Warner Cable, who we thank for their support.
At the Community Fair you will find a Symphony in the Park booth where we will provide information about our organization, bands, and how to contribute to keep this great event alive. We have a secure, Paypal feature on our website at [www.Symphonyinthepark.org].
- Sunday, May 18--The Mar Dels, at the Community Park, 6 pm;
- Sunday, June 8--hosted by Marrokal Construction;
- Sunday, July 13--hosted by Dave Henderson, Coldwell Banker;
- Sunday Aug. 10--hosted by the Old Pros;
- Sunday, Sept. 7--hosted by Marrokal Construction; and,
- December--hosted by the Old Pros.
The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) needs a volunteer marketing director to design and implement a comprehensive marketing plan and budget. Can you help? The SRT is an award winning theatre staffed totally by volunteers.
We take great pride in improving our theatre in Scripps Ranch, and we are looking for a volunteer to direct our marketing efforts. If you have experience in this area and would like to help, please contact Joe Casali at 619-884-0570.
What can you do with your old electronics sitting in your garage? Recycle that e-waste for free and earn money for Marshall Middle School! On Saturday, May 17, from 10 am to 4 pm, the Parent Teacher Student Association will host an E-Waste Recycling event for all residents at the Marshall parking lot.
Drop off your old electronics, and we will recycle them for free. For more information, please contact Shana Smith at [[email protected]].