Spirit of Scripps Ranch

Wow…what a week. I’m writing this at the end of a very trying week, when fires burned in many North County communities, including Scripps Ranch. I don’t know about you, but having lived through the 2003 Cedar Fire, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach whenever I see or smell smoke in the air. While the Scripps Ranch fire was put out quickly with no damage to homes, it came close.

Elsewhere, firefighters and law enforcement officers worked valiantly to save lives and homes. Although, as I write this, there was one reported death and dozens of homes destroyed, it could have been so much worse. Firefighters and police again showed us why they are heroes! They are the heart and soul of every community, and exemplify the spirit of Scripps Ranch.

Unfortunately, we’re only at the start of hot dry weather. Protect your home now, and be prepared to leave quickly. Pages 8 and 9 have important checklists to help you be ready. Also, read the article by Jerry Mitchell, the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council director, on page 11.

One more note on the fires: the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) kept the community informed of what was going on by constantly updating its Facebook page. All information is always confirmed before it’s posted. We work closely with officials, who share details with us so we can keep you up to date on what’s going on. If you don’t have a Facebook account, no worries. We stream the SRCA Facebook information onto the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

During emergencies, come to the SRCA for the latest information. Thousands of people did during the week of the fires.

The SRCA is a volunteer-based organization, and each year we honor all community volunteers—who embody the spirit of Scripps Ranch—at our Annual Recognition Night. Check out pages 19–27. Special thanks to awesome photographer and Ranch resident Christi Ransom for taking the pictures for our Newsletter.

I was humbled to be named Citizen of the Year. It’s a joy working with tireless volunteers, many who have become close friends. While it may sound trite, my kids are my inspiration. You know the advertising that says, “Having a baby changes everything.” It’s true. My kids made me more altruistic, and that’s why I focus on children. Thank you for the honor.

Scripps Ranch’s biggest event of the year—the 4th of July Parade—is almost here, and you’re invited to participate. Check out pages 42 and 43, get with your friends and neighbors, and take part! The entry form is at [www.scrippsranch.org/july4th form]. Don’t miss this fun way to capture the spirit of Scripps Ranch!

It’s not yet summer, but there are already lots of activities in the Ranch. The first Symphony in the Park concert takes place on Sunday, June 8. Page 13 has the details, as well as the concert schedule for this year. This event is steeped in tradition and when you are there, you truly feel the spirit of Scripps Ranch.

There’s a really unique event that brings to mind Comic-Con, and it’s right here in Scripps Ranch! Dress in your favorite costume—Superman or Harry Potter, anyone?—and enjoy a themed concert by our very talented high school musicians. See page 15 for all the information.

The third annual Relay for Life of Scripps Ranch takes place at the end of the month. Join participants and cancer survivors as they walk and camp for 24 hours at the Community Park to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Learn more about this special event on page 15.

If you’re a senior citizen who needs help with errands or rides to doctors’ appointments, or your parents need assistance, it could be quite costly. Well, ElderHelp created the Concierge Club that is much more affordable and now is available in Scripps Ranch. Check out page 6.

I wish all Scripps Ranch dads—yes, you, honey—a happy Father’s Day.

Gloria Tran, Editor