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Leash Your Dog: It’s the Law

Due to the exceptionally high and increasing number of unleashed dogs, a group of us are very concerned for our safety and that of our pets while walking in Chantemar, Loire Valley, and surrounding neighborhoods. Add to that the homeowners’ associations open spaces that are used as unfenced, off-leash dog parks, and we believe it’s no longer a case of “if” something will happen but “when.” Here are some things to consider when you allow your dog off-leash in public.

  • Some people are afraid of dogs. It’s scary to have an unfamiliar dog run toward you, no matter how much you like dogs. If you are afraid of dogs or have been bitten by one, it’s terrifying. It’s presumptuous to assume all dogs are friendly.
  • Leashed dogs, even those that are otherwise friendly, can feel vulnerable or uncomfortable when confronted with unleashed dogs, causing them to exhibit stress or aggressive behavior.
  • Your dog may be friendly, but one or more of the dogs you encounter might be recovering from an illness or injury, be moody, or not be friendly. Allowing your unleashed dog to approach without asking is putting people and pets in danger.
  • All dogs are unpredictable.
  • Dogs are easily distracted and chase things: other animals, bikes, joggers, and so forth.
  • The sweetest dog in the world has moods and emotions. It can perceive another dog or person as a threat and take action, leading to a fight or a bite.

If you want to use HOA spaces as a dog park, talk to your HOA about putting up a fence and making a safe area where the dogs can be confined. We are not asking for anything other than a safe environment in which to walk. For the safety of all, please obey the law and leash your dog.

A Group of Responsible Dog Owners

Access Road to Nob Hill Pipeline

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) wants to build a paved access road late this year from Scripps Lake Drive through the pristine canyon at the base of the Miramar Lake dam and entering the park area of Scripps Nob Hill. The road will be 18- to 22-feet wide and will destroy the natural beauty of this canyon. The road also presents security and liability concerns to Scripps Nob Hill and the businesses on Scripps Ranch Boulevard.

The canyon will be completely torn up for a construction roadway by SDCWA for its pipeline project on Nob Hill property. There are other far less intrusive alternatives, including using the existing roads at Nob Hill or an existing gravel road across the face of the dam. If you want to save this beautiful canyon, please call Bill Rose of the SDCWA at 522-6901 and tell him not to build this unnecessary road. To reach the Scripps Nob Hill Homeowners Association about this issue, please email [email protected].

Scripps Nob Hill HOA

[Editor’s note: It is the policy of the SRCA Newsletter to give those on the other side of a controversial issue the opportunity to respond. The San Diego County Water Authority provided the following.]

Water Authority Response

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) provides a safe and reliable water supply to support the region’s economy and quality of life for 3.1 million residents. It strives to do so with the least possible impact to the people it serves.

As part of its effort to enhance the regional water delivery system, the SDCWA will build an 800-foot pipeline to replace portions of two pipelines within the agency’s easement between the Scripps Nob Hill and Miro Circle communities. A new access road is required to allow SDCWA staff to efficiently access and patrol this easement and agency facilities that serve the region.

It’s important to note that this project went through a public review process that included an Environmental Impact Report and 11 public meetings in Scripps Ranch over the past two years. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and last about 18 months. When it’s done, vehicles will no longer need to use Scripps Nob Hill roads to access the SDCWA’s facilities, a long-term benefit for the community.

If you would like more information about the project, please go to www.sdcwa.org/nob-hill-pipeline-improvements, call 877-682-9283, ext. 7003, or email [email protected].

Craig Balben, SDCWA