Kaiser Expected to Update Community

Kaiser Permanente representatives are scheduled to update the community on their possible purchase of the Alliant International University site. Kaiser is expected at the Scripps Ranch Planning Group's (SRPG) December meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The SRPG may vote on the proposal; the vote is advisory.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and voice their opinion. Please see a complete report on the Kaiser issue in our Planning section on page 21.

Repairing Our Roads

Roads in disrepair are a concern of many Scripps Ranch residents. Potholes, decaying streets, and sidewalks are not only an annoyance, they could cause expensive repairs to your car and endanger public safety. This is why our office organized the Road Repair Rally in Scripps Ranch a few months ago. However, road repair can't be solved with one event. Our office continues to identify roads and sidewalks in need of repair.

Is there a road you know of that needs repair? Do you know of any sidewalks that are dangerous to walk on? Do you have ideas about how the city can respond to and update road conditions?

Making our roads better should be the top priority of the city of San Diego, and I remain committed to making this happen in Scripps Ranch. To help me get your roads repaired, please contact Tiffany Leal in our office at 619-236-6655 or [[email protected]].

Councilmember Carl DeMaio

Keep an Eye on Your Neighborhood

Has your block formed a Neighborhood Watch (NW) yet? It's easy to do-- just invite your neighbors over for an informal gathering. Our website has downloadable resource materials, and we will provide a speaker and handouts for your meeting. Just email us at [[email protected]].

Neighborhood Watch works because the idea behind it is simple--neighbors looking out for each other. If your neighbors are away from home, keep an extra eye on their house and take note of what doesn't seem right. With a neighborhood roster, you will have a list of their phone numbers, email addresses, and vehicles. Here's a tip--program the San Diego Police Department's non-emergency number in your cell phone: 484-3154.

Each NW group needs to provide the funding for its own "Boris the Burglar" signs and hardware. The SRCANW has purchased a supply of the 12 x 18 signs and can offer them to you at a 15% discounted rate. They are $58.01 each, including the mounting hardware and graffiti-proof laminate protection.

If you are planning a vacation, contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). They will check your home while you are away. Download a request form at []. Please fax the completed form to 549-0912.

If you haven't done so yet, visit [] and register to receive emailed updates of crimes in our neighborhoods. Remember: for emergencies, call 911; for non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, call 484-3154.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

RSVP Needs You

Mira Mesa-Scripps Ranch Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) now has 44 members and three vehicles. We just started a Saturday patrol. Not only do we check schools, public facilities, and abandoned vehicles, we do vacation home checks and security inspections, as well as You Are Not Alone (YANA) checks. YANA is important for our aging population.

Seniors or people restricted to their homes are checked, even if there is a caregiver. You can choose how many times a week you get a visit, which lasts about 10 minutes. We check on the health and welfare of the person. If you have a loved one or neighbor who needs our services, please contact the RSVP.

The RSVP needs new members. If you are retired or semi-retired and can't decide how and when you want to volunteer, please contact us. The RSVP is an easy choice: drive or ride around the neighborhoods--what could be easier? In October our volunteers logged more than 1,165 hours! You'll take more away than you give. We also need funds. If you can donate money instead of time, it would be greatly appreciated.

You must have a valid California driver's license, be 50 years or older, go through a background check, and attend a 40-hour training session. For more information and to get started, contact the RSVP administrator, John Sunde, at 538-8156 or [[email protected]].

Help Scripps Ranch Moms Make a Difference

Becky's Gift is a new group of Scripps Ranch moms. We are asking for donations of new unwrapped gifts for children aged 1-16 years old. These toys will help families affected by cancer at Sharp Memorial Hospital and UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Please help us Scripps Ranch moms make a difference by helping families going through treatment for cancer during the holidays.

Please drop off gifts, monetary donations, or gift cards at 11733 Pickford Road or 11930 Windom Peak Way. You also may contact us for pickup: Becky Walton at 442-4806 or Christie Jackson at 204-5534. Thank you.

Adopt a Special Pet

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Animal Rescue Resource Foundation (ARRF) will hold an adoption event from 11 am to 3 pm at Unleashed at Petco at 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway. ARRF is a nonprofit dog and cat rescue organization that finds new homes for animals in San Diego County that have been given up or abandoned. It is run by volunteers.

Dogs available for adoption are all micro-chipped, altered, and up to date on vaccinations. Come and meet your forever friend! For details, call 619-504-9950 or visit [].

"Out On A Limb: New Plays from America's Finest City"

The Scripps Ranch Theatre's (SRT) new play program, entitled "Out On A Limb: New Plays from America's Finest City," is designed to create and stage new plays that spring from the stories of San Diego and its people. It is our intention to celebrate the diversity that thrives in the neighborhoods of San Diego, as well as to contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our community.

The process is simple:

  • Step 1: Submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) with a $10 submission fee;
  • Step 2: If your SOI is chosen, you write a complete first draft of a one-act play; and,
  • Step 3: If your first draft is chosen, your play gets produced by SRT!

SRT plans to go "Out On A Limb" and commission up to three new one-act plays. The idea for the play must have something to do with San Diego. An honorarium of $400 will be paid to each "produced" playwright.

There is not enough space to include the guidelines and rules. Please email [[email protected]] or call Robert May at 619-865-2754 for details. Mail your SOI to: SRT--Out On A Limb, 10755-F Scripps Poway Parkway #187, San Diego, CA 92131. The deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 15.