Whatever It Takes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be looking forward to time off, being with family, and finding fun activities. Most of us would do whatever it takes to enjoy our time off. How about checking out the newest Scripps Ranch recreation area?! It’s the West Sycamore area of Mission Trials Regional Park, and it’s in StoneBridge Estates.

There is so much to do, including seven miles of hiking trails. Read more in our Spotlight in Scripps Ranch on page 37. We thank Barbara Perkins, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s volunteer representative to the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizen Advisory Board, for sharing this information. What a valuable addition to our community!

You may have heard about the small crime wave that hit Scripps Ranch. There were a number of “hot prowls”—criminals burglarizing a house while residents are there, usually asleep or unaware. They are dangerous because you never know what may happen in a confrontation.

Luckily, no one was hurt in these crimes, and the suspects have been arrested. If you want to know what’s going on in Scripps Ranch when it comes to crime, be sure to sign up to receive SRCA Neighborhood Watch (NW) emails. Find out how on page 15. NW will do whatever it takes to help keep our area crime-free.

This doesn’t make sense to me, but because drivers speed on one Scripps Ranch street, the speed limit will be raised. And this street includes a school and park. In other words, there are many kids around.

Anyway, that’s the law. The good news is that the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) is addressing it and has a potential way for you to help change that law. Let’s do whatever it takes to keep safer speed limits. Check out the report by SRPG chair Wally Wulfeck on page 19.

Another important community issue the SRPG is dealing with is an underground electrical transmission line that may go under Pomerado Road. This would disrupt traffic for a long time and permanently put huge power vaults on the side of the street. That information also is on page 19.

Did you know that Scripps Ranch has a number of clubs and organizations for a variety of interests? Like to garden? There’s the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club. Want to help kids? Check out the Rady Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary. Want to try a new sport? There’s the Pickleball Club. Find out more about these groups and so many others in our Organizations section, starting on page 49.

Of course, don’t forget that the Scripps Ranch Civic Association has a myriad of standing committees. A very popular one is Sustainable Scripps Ranch that has activities and fun events geared toward helping us sustain our community. They also share tips on what you could do to save money by going green! See page 9.

Another popular group is Scripps Ranch 50 Plus. As its name suggests, its focus is on those in the community over 50 and the issues they may face. Be sure to check out this organization on page 7.

What’s the common denominator between the above-mentioned groups and many others that advocate for our community? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association. This entirely volunteer group does whatever it takes to maintain our special “quality of life.” You can easily say thank you to the SRCA during this month of gratitude. How? Join the SRCA for less than it costs to buy coffee for a week! See page 5 for details, then join!

Despite my kids getting older, it still takes a village to help raise them. I want to take a minute to thank my “village”—those people I can call at any time, say “help,” and they do whatever it takes!

I am blessed to have many people in my village, but I want to thank one who has been my carpool partner, fellow soccer mom, and amazing friend for years: Malinda Shigo! Thank you for your constant kindness…and for sharing Colton with us! Happy Thanksgiving, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor