Hot Topics

The possible acquisition of the Alliant International University site by Kaiser Permanente remains the hot topic in the Ranch. As more people become aware of it, there are more questions. Traffic on and around Pomerado Road, of course, is high on the list of concerns.

Kaiser is scheduled to be at the December Scripps Ranch Planning Group meeting, and residents are encouraged to attend. For an update on the issue and details about the meeting, please check out page 21.

Another hot topic this month is the 10-year anniversary of Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School. I can't believe it's been 10 years! One ongoing fundraiser for EBS is the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, and it turns 10 too. Check out pages 38-39 for what's going on to mark this milestone.

Bev and Mike Cassity have been the co-managers of the SR Farmers Market since it started, and Bev has been involved in many activities. She's the focus of our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch this month. Read about her on page 41.

One great thing about our Scripps Ranch schools is that our outstanding principals work together to make our children's education the best. They graciously attend monthly Scripps Ranch Schools Committee meetings, go to professional development workshops, and communicate with each other about what works and what doesn't.

In light of that, when there is helpful advice at one school, it usually transfers to others. An example are the tips given by Dingeman Elementary School principal Kimie Lochtefeld about the upcoming teacher conferences at our elementary schools--a hot topic for parents of young kids. If you're heading to a conference, check out page 29 first.

This next subject is difficult, but not talking about it can be tragic. Suicide among youth is on the rise in San Diego County. To address this alarming statistic, Marshall Middle School is taking the lead and presenting students and parents with guidance. Please see page 27 for important details. There is also a parent meeting in February. While that's in the future, it's a date all parents need to put on their calendars.

Teens in Scripps Ranch are giving back to their community. The Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance's Teen Volunteer Group wants to help the elderly in our area prepare for the holidays. That includes sending out greeting cards, decorating, and shopping. More details are on page 7.

Many of us are forgetful, but is it just because we're overwhelmed or is it something more serious? There is free memory screening on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the SRCA Community Center. Page 7 has the specifics.

Santa is always a hot topic as we head into December! How would you like to treat your kids or grandkids to breakfast with Santa right here in Scripps Ranch?! You need to sign up now because space is limited. See page 5.

One of my favorite things to do, other than be with my family, is to curl up with a good book. For all book lovers, the Scripps Ranch Library is having a big book sale on Saturday, Nov. 5. It's perfect to start off your holiday shopping. Check out page 59 for details.

A final hot topic that I believe merits discussion is how to keep our local businesses thriving. As we all know, it's a tough economy. If you have a choice about who to patronize, please consider supporting our wonderful businesses as you do your holiday shopping...and afterward. They are so generous in helping our schools, sports groups, and organizations with donations. Let's thank them by using their services. Happy Thanksgiving, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor