President's Report

Member Benefits

Have you renewed your commitment to the SRCA yet? If not, I again encourage you to join the SRCA now, which can be done by mailing your check as directed on the form below or online at []. Existing SRCA members: did you receive your survey regarding the evacuation impacts to your household from the October fires? These results will be used by our City Council office and the San Diego fire and police departments to address how logistics could be handled better when the next wildfires occur.

Crime Decrease

I'm pleased to report that increased San Diego Police Department focus finally has resulted in reduced car burglaries in Scripps Ranch after a surge during the latter half of last year. However, graffiti quantities have increased--as you can see on the cover. The SDPD is interested in community volunteers willing to join a quick-response Scripps Ranch "Graffiti Busters" team.

Welcome, New MMS Principal

Replacing a reigning statewide Middle School Administrator of the Year is no easy task. However, retiring MMS Principal Rick Novak advises us that we are very fortunate to have landed Michelle Irwin as his replacement. Read Michelle's opening message to the community on page 31.

A Student's Viewpoint

Several of you have asked about getting views from our future young adults incorporated into the SRCA Newsletter. Thanks to Scripps Ranch High School senior Becky Berg, we will now be able to view Scripps Ranch through these eyes. Thanks, Becky, for agreeing to be part of our community Newsletter.

Spotlight on Newsletter Distributors

Ever wonder how Scripps Ranch is able to put out an 88-page Newsletter every 30 days on a year-round basis to keep the community informed? It takes a huge effort from hundreds of your neighbors. One who is absolutely critical to this effort is our distribution manager, Jim Caughey. A 22-year resident of Scripps Ranch, Jim coordinates delivery of 11,400 copies to all residents, as well as public officials. Read more about Jim and his amazing network of volunteers on page 47, then join me in thanking Jim and all the volunteers for their efforts to keep the distribution system running.

Gordon Boerner, SRCA President

SRCA District Reps Needed

We welcome Cathy Burciaga as the new representative for SRCA District 15--the Spring Canyon Park area. Thank you, Cathy, for volunteering your time to help your community.

The SRCA has divided the Ranch into 20 districts, each with a representative. The following districts need reps:

  • District 5: Avenida Magnifica area; and,
  • District 11: Lakeview area.

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

Join Us For This Special Scripps Ranch Celebration!

This month we celebrate our wonderful community and the people who keep it such a great place to live! Everyone is invited to the SRCA's Recognition Night on Tuesday, Mar. 11, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Join us as we say "thank you" to our hardworking volunteers. There will be delicious treats and drinks. We hope to see you there!

9th Annual Community Fair

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the 9th Annual SRCA Community Fair, on Sunday, May 18. For the fifth year we will partner with the Symphony in the Park to present a spectacular free concert after the fair.

Each year we add new attractions, rides, food booths, and entertainers. We are looking for children's groups to perform on our stage during the fair. We also offer a wonderful opportunity for exposure for your business as a sponsor of our event. Arts and crafts vendors, especially from the Scripps Ranch area, are encouraged to participate.

For further information and applications, please contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]].

4th of July Parade

Yes, we have started planning for the 4th of July Parade and Celebration. This year's parade is going to be bigger and better than ever. You can help by sending us the contact information for local Scripps Ranch bands, marching and performing groups, and so forth. We would love to see local Scripps Ranch bands riding on floats to add to the festivities.

We want all of you to get excited about making floats to represent your street, school, club, organization, or church. We have experienced float designers to give you ideas, answer your questions, and lead you in the right direction. Get together with your neighbors and start a new tradition by entering a float in the 4th of July Parade.

If you have suggestions, we welcome all ideas. Please contact Bill Crooks at [[email protected]] or 653-3753, or Bev Cassity at [[email protected]] or 586-7933. See you on the 4th!