FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

Center of Your Universe

What’s the center of your universe? That’s an easy one for me: my faith and my family. While I don’t usually set New Year’s resolutions, I do try to use the new year as a way to refocus my priorities.

May I suggest you do the same when it comes to your community? As our cover says, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is the “Center of the Scripps Ranch Universe.” Hyperbole? Yes, of course. But there’s a lot of truth to it, too.

When someone has a problem in Scripps Ranch, so many times they contact the SRCA. Big development planned for our community? The SRCA not only works behind the scenes when it’s a controversial project but also brings you the latest information. That way, you know what’s happening and can voice your opinion.

Crime wave of residential burglaries? The SRCA works closely with San Diego police to verify what’s going on, what’s being done about it, and immediately sends out crime alerts so you can safeguard your family and your home.

A safety issue with your street or sidewalk? Yep, the SRCA knows just whom to call to get it fixed in a timely manner.

Lost dog or keys? We post it on the SRCA Facebook page and usually get results quite quickly.

Have an elderly parent and not sure how to help him or her? The SRCA’s 50 Plus group is the one to contact.

Interested in waterwise landscaping but not sure where to turn? The SRCA’s Sustainable Scripps Ranch is there to help.

Bored and want a family event? How about the 4th of July Parade, Community Fair, or the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony? Yes indeed, all those are hosted by the SRCA. In addition, we provide funding to schools, organizations, the Symphony in the Park Committee, and so much more.

Are you seeing a theme here? That’s why we say that the SRCA is the “Center of the Scripps Ranch Universe.” It’s also the way to “Get Connected” to your community. The unique thing about the SRCA is that it is run strictly by volunteers. That’s right, folks donate their time to make this community so special.

So as you start the new year, may we ask you to make a small donation? Not of time but of money. A contribution of $30 makes you an SRCA member. Of course, you can always give more! And you are always welcome to donate your time as well to join this dynamic, fun group!

All the details you need are on pages 30 and 31. We know that many of you plan to join but get so busy you never get around to it. So if I may be so bold as to ask you to go now to www.scrippsranch.org/join and join online, that takes one item off your “To Do” list. Thank you for helping make Scripps Ranch the best family community in San Diego!

Just a couple of other items to tell you about this month. The San Diego Unified School District apartment proposal has sparked quite a bit of protest. There are more meetings planned where you can hear the latest. Details are on page 5.

The crime rate for the first nine months of 2015 is out. On page 15 see how Scripps Ranch compares to the rest of the city.

A new play is opening at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. If you haven’t been to one of their performances, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening. See page 43.

Will Scripps Ranch High School or Marshall Middle School be the center of your child’s universe next year? If so, both campuses are holding parent information meetings this month. Check out the Schools section starting on page 22.

Love getting the SRCA Newsletter delivered to your home each month? We need an area distributor to help with the delivery process—it only takes one hour per month! Page 7 has that information.

My wish for you in 2016 is to find what’s at the center of your universe and spend plenty of time focusing on it. Happy New Year, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor