President's Report

Have You Joined Yet?

Have you joined as a supporting member of the SRCA for as low as $20 annually? If not, you can do so now with your credit card at []. Becoming a dues-paying member enables your participation as desired in SRCA surveys regarding our quality of life.

Membership Survey Results

Thanks to the approximately 700 SRCA dues-paying member households who responded to the first SRCA members survey regarding the Witch Creek Fire. Key results were as follows:

  • Only 50% ever received a "Reverse 911" call;
  • The call was "first notice" for only 14% of responders; and,
  • During the evacuation, more than 50% of responders required an hour to access the freeway from their home, an area where improvement is obviously required.

The results will be used by our council office and the fire and police departments to address how logistics could be better coordinated during the next fire.

Council Funds For SR

Please note on page 15 the article from Councilmember Brian Maienschein, who was able to locate $25,000 to enable much-needed repairs at the Jerabek Elementary School joint-use fields.

A Winning Combination

Don't miss the opening of the Symphony in the Park concert season, kicking off directly following the annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. See the article about the fair following my report, and there's more information about the Symphony in the Park concert on page 17.

Special Volunteer Honored

We congratulate super-volunteer Dr. Bryon Solberg (below right) on being honored with the State Assembly Award. Bryon could not attend Recognition Night, therefore, the presentation was made at the SRCA's April meeting. Councilmember Brian Maienschein did the honors for State Assemblyman George Plescia. Bryon was honored for his many years of dedicated volunteer work on behalf of Scripps Ranch.

If you're interested in furthering your volunteer contribution to our great community, please contact any SRCA officer listed in the Directory on page 85.

Gordon Boerner, SRCA President

Don't Miss the SRCA Community Fair!

It's time for the 9th annual SRCA Community Fair and Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, May 18. Each year we try to add new attractions. This year there will be more rides for the kids, in addition to jumps, slides, an obstacle course, and the free climbing wall and pony rides. We also will add more arts and crafts booths.

The hours have changed to 12 to 6 pm. This was done to help protect the safety of the families entering the park for the Symphony in the Park concert that starts at 6 pm. You really can help us out by coming early for the Symphony in the Park concert, featuring The Mar Dels.

No need to bring food. There will be at least 15 fantastic food booths, which will remain open during the concert.

This event is a gift to the community from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. If you have never attended, make this the year you check us out. Enjoy the community information booths and meet and speak with our mayor, councilmember, state senator, and assemblyman.

Check out the Children's Fun Zone, listen to the fantastic music of the Bayou Brothers, watch children's performing groups on our stage, and take in the sights and sounds of a family festival.

If you stay for the concert, please be sure to weigh down the edges of your blankets or they blow away. Please don't use rocks, which end up on the grass at the end of the event.

If you are a business that would like to show your support as a sponsor of one of the largest family events in the community, or if you are an artisan or crafter and would like to participate, please contact me at [[email protected]] or 586-7933. Hope to see you at the fair!

Bev Cassity, Community Fair Chair

Attention: Newsletter Distributors

It's time for the annual Newsletter distributors' night at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. It's the SRCA's way of saying thank you for a terrific job each month. Please join us on Thursday, May 15, at 8 pm to see I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Overflow guests could attend on Friday, May 16. Please contact Jany Staley at [[email protected]] or 695-3211 to RSVP. Distributors are invited to bring a guest.

SRCA District Reps Needed

The SRCA has divided the Ranch into 20 districts, each with a representative. The following districts are in need of a volunteer representative:

  • District 5: Avenida Magnifica area;
  • District 11: Lakeview area; and,
  • District 19: Cypress Cyn. Pk. area.

To find your district, please visit [] and check the SRCA map. To volunteer, call SRCA executive VP Jan Kane at 577-0014.

Meet Your District Rep

In order to put a face to the SRCA we continue profiling the district representatives. Please thank them for their volunteer spirit when you see them.

District 13--Brad Fields

My name is Brad Fields and it is my pleasure to serve as the SRCA's District 13 representative. District 13, known as the Gateway area, encompasses the northwestern portion of Scripps Ranch, covering Scripps Highlands and a portion of the Traviata HOA areas. I was appointed as a district representative in late 2007, I and look forward to working with the SRCA to continue to enhance the quality of life for all Scripps Ranch residents.

I moved to San Diego in 1971 as a child and grew up in the College Area. I graduated from UC San Diego, where I met my wife, and from the University of San Diego School of Law. I am a practicing attorney, working as a partner in a small firm that represents police officers and their employee organizations.

About 10 years ago, my wife and I purchased our first home in Scripps Ranch in the Meadowbrook community. Six years ago, we bought a house in Scripps Highlands, where we now live.

My wife and I have a daughter in 2nd grade at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, and a son who begins kindergarten there next fall. Wanting to work on behalf of the outstanding schools in Scripps Ranch, I chaired the recent Schools Committee's Reboundarying Subcommittee. It was tasked with examining and presenting various reboundarying options to the Schools Committee. This reboundarying effort was designed to take advantage of the increased capacity at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School in the fall, when it moves to a permanent facility. Through these efforts, I had the opportunity to meet many dedicated parents and educators who help insure that all of our Scripps Ranch schools are top-notch.

In the past few years, I have had the pleasure of coaching my daughter and son in softball, baseball, soccer, and basketball. This has afforded me the opportunity to meet many other Scripps Ranch families and to realize how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful community. This is due in large part to the dedicated volunteers who give of their time on the sports fields, in the classrooms, in meetings, and elsewhere in Scripps Ranch.

Please join the SRCA. Your SRCA donation helps support vital programs in Scripps Ranch that might otherwise go unfunded. Also, please volunteer your time. It is through the spirit of volunteerism that we will continue to shine as an outstanding community in which to live.

As your District 13 representative, I have already had the privilege to attend HOA meetings for the two associations that encompass District 13. I look forward to assisting them with anything that might arise in their neighborhoods. I'm available to all Scripps Ranch residents at [[email protected]], and I would like to hear from you.

Brad Fields, District 13 Rep.