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Scripps Ranch Streets Being Repaired

In my commitment to rebuild San Diego, Fiscal Year 2019 has been a strong year of road repair for Scripps Ranch. After years of advocating to fix Sunset Ridge Drive, which had a poor Overall Condition Index (OCI) rating of 29.8 out of 100, the street is finally repaved.

To kick off the new year many Scripps Ranch neighborhoods had slurry seal maintenance work done, helping extend the life of the asphalt. Many community roads recently were repaired, including several in Stonebridge Estates.

  • Almond Orchard Lane
  • Bella Rosa Road
  • Camden Place
  • Cobblecreek Lane
  • Deer Canyon Court
  • Fortino Point
  • Legacy Road
  • Maple Grove Lane
  • Meritage Court
  • Mission Preserve Place
  • Old Creek Road
  • Silver Oak Lane
  • Starwood Lane
  • Sycamore Trail Road
  • Via Cimborio Circle
  • Via Santa Pradera
  • Westly Lane
  • Whispering Ridge Road
  • Wild Meadow Place

There is more work to be done, and I continue to advocate for Scripps Ranch roads to get the repairs they need. As city contracts are awarded with updated timelines for our streets, I will keep the community informed. In the meantime, a great resource for upcoming road work is http://streets.sandiego.gov/#.

In addition, our weekly community office hours with my Scripps Ranch representative, Quinton Grounds, are a good way to share input for me, get updates, or receive face-to-face assistance with city issues. Quinton is available every Friday from 1 to 3 pm at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Helping the Elderly

We will continue to share with you ways you can be ready for the next wildfire or emergency. We have talked about planning for your kids and pets, but don’t forget to plan for the elderly. Kids and pets can’t act for themselves and need you. The elderly can generally think for themselves. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they need help. Many victims of the state’s worst wildfire in Northern California were elderly. The details paint a terrible picture of age, infirmity, and in some instances stubbornness. Sixty percent of the deaths were people 70 years old and above.

Sixty percent were found inside their homes. Maybe they were reluctant to leave their “comfort zone” or not mobile enough. This is where you come in. Talk to your elderly relatives and friends and help them formulate a plan to evacuate and get to safety. You may hear, “It won’t get this far” or “I know how to take care of myself.” Be persistent. Try and get their commitment to go along with it. The life you save may be someone you love.

On a different note, have you really read your homeowners insurance policy? Do you know what it covers or do you just sign off on it year after year and hope for the best. Read your policy, ask your agent pertinent questions. Know exactly what you’re covered for and how much is your replacement coverage. Is it $100 per square foot or $400 per square foot?

As a reminder, the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) is working on stocking equipment needed by first responders in case of an emergency on our evacuation routes. There are 10 locations identified by the San Diego Police Department that need equipment.

You may be asked by the SRFSC for permission to put a box of this equipment on your corner. Also, we need assistance to fund this project, estimated at $80,000. If you can help, please contact us at 858-201-3711 or [email protected] For information and resources to help you prepare for the next wildfire, visit www.srfiresafe.org.

Helping Our Young People

Here is a sobering statistic: suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth 10 to 24 years old, and nearly 80% of youth defined as needing mental health services do not receive care. Scripps Ranch High School has partnered with Mending Matters—a nonprofit that provides mental health resources—to provide onsite help for students. There is a masters-level licensed therapist on campus every Monday to provide individualized mental health services to students suffering from anxiety and depression.

Mending Matters also provides programs for students who have problems with substance abuse and bullying. Approximately 96% of youth follow through with school mental health services after the initial referral. To keep this invaluable program going, funding must be secured. A GoFundMe account has been set up at www.gofundme.com/mental-health-services-for-students. Please help if you can.

To learn more about Mending Matters, the Philanthropic Chicks of Scripps Ranch will highlight the group at its next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm. The meeting takes place at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse at 11441 Caminito Magnifica. No RSVP is needed. To learn more about the Philanthropic Chicks of Scripps Ranch, please see pages 30 and 31.

Neighborhood Watch: Protect Your Block

The success of Neighborhood Watch depends on you. The goal of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) program is to have every home in our community involved in an active Neighborhood Watch with people on their street. It doesn’t take much to get a group going, but someone needs to volunteer as block captain.

Block captains are the organizer for their neighborhood group or block. They maintain a current roster of residents, distribute information received from SRCANW, and hold an informal block party or meeting once or twice a year. A meeting can be held in a home, backyard, garage, driveway, or cul-de-sac. Keep it as simple as you’d like. You round up the neighbors and we’ll do the rest.

We are here to help you have a successful SRCANW program. Our website has resources and there is a “fill in the blanks” flyer that you can give to neighbors. We provide the handouts for your meeting. Ideally, our San Diego Police Department community service officer, Christina Santos, attends and brings you the latest crime stats in your neighborhood.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] To join SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair