News

Jerabek Park Vandalism: $1,000 Reward

On Saturday night, Dec. 8, or early Sunday morning, Dec. 9, a person or persons severely damaged the Jerabek Park fields by driving a truck on the grass and doing “donuts” that caused quite a bit of destruction. That malicious act of vandalism not only ruined the turf but broke 21 sprinkler heads.

The result: $8,000 to $10,000 of damage and the fields will be closed for some time. The grass and sprinklers must be replaced by hand and given time to re-establish. The Scripps Ranch Old Pros are in softball season right now and the fields are used by many in the community.

Funds to make the repairs will come from the Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District, not the city. This takes money away from other community projects and impacts our ability to maintain our parks and open space.

To help find the suspect or suspects, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or arrests. If you have any information, please call San Diego police. As of press time, police tell us it is an active investigation and that because there was so much damage the crime is a felony.

We will post any updates on the SRCA Facebook page. Search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.”

Challenging the Monarch Apartment Development

Good news for many Scripps Ranch residents: a group of your neighbors is gearing up to challenge the Monarch apartment development!

In case you missed this story over the past several years, the San Diego Unified School District plans to replace the Innovations Academy Charter School, at the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway, with a large-footprint four-story apartment structure. This plan has been extremely unpopular with the vast majority of residents—98% by one analysis.

Besides forcing a school from our community, the plan ousted our popular Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and eliminates the funds that the market donated to a local school. The proposed project damages the views, ambiance, and community activities in the surrounding park. It introduces traffic and parking problems. It strong-arms a large apartment structure into a carefully planned community of two-story homes. On top of all that, the plan is based on inadequate zoning, traffic, and geological analyses, as well as questionable financing. There are many reasons to fight this development.

We are working hard to put together a strong case and a supporting crowd-funding mechanism for a legal challenge. Both are essential before moving forward. We will have more news by the time you read this in early January. Stay tuned, think about what you’d like, and what you can contribute. Together, we may be able to stop this threatened misuse of taxpayer money and land.

We are working actively with the Voice of Scripps Ranch coalition to move this effort ahead. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected]

Lisa Croner and Peter Bonavich, Scripps Ranch Residents

Evacuation Route Equipment

As this article is being written, it is raining and makes it hard to think about wildfires. As badly as we need the rain, we are concerned about upcoming years when we could have another drought. We just need to remain ever vigilant.

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) is working diligently to provide equipment in 10 designated areas along our community’s evacuation routes for first responders to use in emergencies. The equipment would be items needed for traffic control such as barricades, flares, and traffic cones. They would be housed in storage boxes similar to the type SDG&E uses. This is an expensive undertaking and we are looking for additional funding to help us accomplish this. We will set up Venmo and GoFundMe accounts to help with this endeavor.

Free smoke alarms! This is a great program you should be aware of and take advantage of. The Sound the Alarm Program, delivered through a partnership between the Burn Institute, Red Cross, San Diego County Fire, and the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, is available to install free smoke alarms in homes of eligible residents. If you know of anyone who needs a smoke alarm, have them call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, ext. 25, to check eligibility and to apply.

Remember: one little spark can lead to a major wildfire. Here is a list of “do’s” to help minimize fire risk: properly maintain your vehicle to avoid causing fires along roads due to sparks or flammable materials being spit out from the catalytic converter; use spark arrestors on portable gasoline-powered equipment; and ensure chains on trailers don’t drag on the ground, causing sparks. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe.

The SRFSC wishes you a happy and safe new year! To reach us, call 858-201-3711 or email [email protected] For fire preparation information, visit our website at http://srfiresafe.org.

Security Cameras

Home security cameras and Ring Video Doorbells were likely popular gift items for the holidays. If a crime occurs clear video footage could help catch the perpetrators, but often the police aren’t aware of cameras near the crime scene.

It would be very helpful to let your Neighborhood Watch block captain know that you have surveillance cameras. In the event of a crime on your street, the footage on your video camera or video doorbell could help catch the criminals. Of course, this would be voluntary. Several cameras could show different angles so that police would have more complete evidence.

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. For information about the SRCANW program, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch or email us at [email protected] We wish you a wonderful, safe 2019!

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Special Scholarship to Honor a Special Man

Steve Pratt was a beloved member of our community. He served as a coach and mentor for a large number of Scripps Ranch youth through his involvement as a coach for Scripps Ranch Little League, travel ball, and for Scripps Ranch High School baseball.

Steve passed away in 2016 after a battle with brain cancer. Thanks to the support of the Scripps Ranch community, enough money was raised to provide an annual scholarship to a SRHS graduating senior. Any student-athlete who plays a varsity sport, maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA, and is attending college in the fall is eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarship. Apply soon, as the application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 pm.

To apply, please go to https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/45463-The-San-Diego-Foundation. For more information about Steve and his impact on our community, visit our webpage at www.refuse2losesports.com. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dan Bailey at [email protected] or Rob Babbush at [email protected]

Church Rummage Sale: All Are Welcome

Saint Gregory the Great parish will hold its 12th Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the parish hall at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive. Doors open at 7 am and the sale goes until noon. All proceeds go to tuition assistance for children of our sister parish, Our Lady of Angels in Sherman Heights.

Come early for the best selection on a wide range of items: antiques and art; children and adult clothing and shoes; jewelry; furniture and appliances; cooking and dinnerware; sporting goods; tools; bikes; toys; games; books; and DVDs. There is something for everyone!

We will accept good quality furniture. Please coordinate your donation with Randy Large at 858-689-2526. Thank you for your generosity!