President's Report

Fire Safety and Eucalyptus Trees: Almost There...

As we went to press, outgoing city fire chief Tracy Jarman and new fire chief Javier Mainar have agreed to a Fire-Rescue Department policy further clarifying the city's brush management regulations. Adding a "eucalyptus woodlands" definition and exempting these areas from the city's "minimum horizontal tree spacing" code will protect many of Scripps Ranch's mature eucalyptus trees that were previously targeted for elimination.

Adoption of this proposed policy is expected in November, which would lead to resumption of the previous city tree-thinning work, albeit under the new policy clarification. This policy allows for the removal of dead trees, smaller trees that increase ladder fuel risk, and any tree that the fire chief deems to be a specific fire safety hazard. It will, however, avoid the clear-cutting that was experienced at several initial sites in May and June, prior to the mayor's temporary work suspension at the request of the Scripps Ranch community.

Thanks to the mayor for suspending the tree cutting while continuing the high-risk ground fuel clean up in Scripps Ranch. Thanks to the fire chiefs for clarifying the existing policy to achieve a reasonable citywide fire safety policy without destroying the signature eucalyptus tree character of the Scripps Ranch community. Thanks to the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, Scripps-Miramar Ranch Maintenance Assessment District, Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, and Save Our SR Trees organizations for joining with the SRCA to work with the mayor and fire chief on this. Finally, thanks to Councilmember Carl DeMaio and his staff who have provided diligent support throughout this entire process.

Beyond Eucalyptus Trees: Tiki Torch Palms

Make sure to read the warning on page 13 from Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council director Jerry Mitchell. He tells us about one tree that has drawn universal fire-risk concern: the "tiki torch" palm trees. They have displayed greater neighborhood fire risk than eucalyptus trees in prior local fires.

SR Elder Care Alliance Thrives

Make sure to check out page 7 for information regarding the upcoming Alzheimer's memory screening. It is occurring in Scripps Ranch only because of our new Elder Care Alliance.

Do You Close Your Garage Door?

Please read page 13 before you leave your garage open and your car parked in the driveway or street. There have been an increasing number of car prowls in the past 60 days. Also, there have been many items stolen from unlocked cars parked inside open garages in daylight hours. Some have included entry through unlocked side-yard garage doors, a trend SR experienced last year as well.

Gordon Boerner, SRCA President

SRCA District Representative Needed

The SRCA Executive Board is nearly complete. We just need a representative for District 6, also known as Wine Country. To see in which district you live, please visit the SRCA website at []. For more information about becoming a district rep, please call SRCA executive vice president Bob Ilko at 243-1235.

SRCA Meetings

Do you know what your SRCA is all about? Have you been to a meeting to see your SRCA in action? If not, we invite you to attend on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Library's community room starting at 7 pm. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10!

Newsletter Notes

SR Old Timers, Help!

If you are an old timer on the Ranch, we need your help. The SRCA is looking for SRCA Newsletters prior to 1990. We are near our goal of having bound copies of all SRCA Newsletters back to 1971 but we are missing some months. If you can help, please call Wes at 271-0637. Many thanks. You can find the bound copies in the Scripps Ranch Library and the Community Center.

2010 Submission Deadlines

The SRCA Newsletter appreciates all those who send in articles and pictures each month. To maintain our high quality, we have deadlines for editorial submissions. This allows the Newsletter staff to put together a top-notch product.

Please make note of the 2010 deadline dates below. The submission dates also are listed each month in the Calendar on page 4. To reach us or submit an article, email [[email protected]].

These dates do not apply to advertising; that deadline remains the 10th of each month for the following month.

Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance

Service and Solutions for Independent Lifestyles

397-5747 []

Fall Festival for Families

The SRECA will have a Fall Festival at the Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 4 pm. This will be our first fundraiser. There will be free massages, vendors, information, refreshments, and opportunity drawings. There also will be demonstrations of line dancing, drumming, and exercises done in our Tuesday classes. Your entire family will have fun!

The SRECA is now a member of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). This organization provides the most current information for elders and their caregivers about elder care issues. Visit [] for more about them.

Successfully Aging in SR

Our lecture series continues. Dr. Hamilton's presentation on "Maintaining your Brain" was well received. She emphasized lifestyle components for healthy brains, such as socialization, "walking with a friend while eating blueberries," dancing, and life-long learning. Such activities are enthusiastically promoted through the SCREA and compliment the Scripps Ranch lifestyle.

The next topic for the series is "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Caregivers but were Afraid to Ask," presented by Scripps Ranch resident Eric Tucker. All presentations are on the first Wednesday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Library from 10 to 11:30 am.

Monthly SRECA Meeting

Our monthly meeting is the second Monday of the month--Nov. 9--at 6:30 pm. Join us for speakers, updates on our activities, and volunteer opportunities. We welcome your input. This group is "for Scripps Ranch by Scripps Ranch."

SRECA/Library Wii Event

Tennis anyone? How about golf, softball, or bowling? All ages can play these games on the Wii, an electronic sports program. Wii is a popular game with the kids--but why should they have all the fun?! This activity will be in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 11 am to noon.

Fun, Friends, and Fitness

You are invited to an exercise class! The SRECA is privileged to have Ali Ghalebi with Keepsake Companions Senior Home Care Services as our instructor. Ali, a former physical therapist, has taught many exercise classes featuring moves geared for the over-55 crowd. Direct benefits of Ali's exercise/mind/body approach are increased flexibility, stress release, and feelings of well being. Best of all--it's free, fun, and close to home. Don't miss this opportunity every Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 am at the Community Center.

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

There will be a confidential memory screening at the Scripps Ranch Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10 am to 2 pm. It is estimated that as many as 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. The incidence is rising in line with the nation's aging population. Age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence doubling every five years between 65 and 95.

National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) is an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) in collaboration with community sites across the country. The SRECA has been chosen as a memory screening site.

Face-to-face screening will be administered by a qualified licensed health care professional. It consists of a series of questions and tasks and takes five to ten minutes. All results are confidential. The screenings are not a diagnosis; people with below normal scores, or those who still have concerns, are encouraged to pursue further medical evaluation. Our goals are to:

  • Provide free, confidential memory screenings;
  • Eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia;
  • Encourage those with memory problems to follow up with an exam by a physician or other qualified health care professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis, followed by treatment, social services, and community resource opportunities;
  • Educate folks about Alzheimer's disease and successful aging; and,
  • Alleviate the fears of those who do not have a problem.

The AFA is a national nonprofit organization, headquartered in New York, focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as support for their families. It unites more than 1,200 member organizations nationwide. For information, visit [] or call 866-AFA-8484.

Phone 397-5747 for information concerning any of the SRECA activities.

Kathy Randall, LCSW, SRECA President