Community Says NO

Let’s get right to the big news in the community…the massive apartment complex proposed for the current Innovations Academy site at Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. As far as we can tell, every Scripps Ranch resident says “NO” to this project. Community leaders who are working to defeat this development have not heard from one person in favor of this proposal. To refresh your memory about the details, go to www.scrippsranch.org/jointuse.

There is awkward timing for this Newsletter when it comes to a vote. As of press time, the school board was scheduled to vote on the project at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26. By the time you get this issue, the vote should have taken place. Our board trustee, Kevin Beiser, has said publicly he will vote no. Check out the SRCA Facebook page and website—www.scrippsranch.org—for the latest.

This Newsletter focuses on the votes of various community groups. See pages 5 and 18 for details. One fact is clear: the community had absolutely no input once a developer was given the go-ahead on the project. Even if the board approves the project, the community still will work to find a way to have our voices heard.

Hot prowls are frightening crimes—when someone enters your home while you are there, usually asleep. Three happened in Scripps Ranch in the last month. On page 15 find out the simple ways to protect your family and home.

Now more than ever we need to protect our teens in cyberspace. Marshall Middle School will host a special parent presentation called Your Teen’s Cyber World. You’ll learn more about what your kids may be doing online and how to keep them safe. Details are on page 23.

We all know there are many incredible volunteers in our community, and when I read about Eddie Guevarra, I wanted to share his story! Eddie volunteers in the Miramar Ranch Elementary School Media Center. He does such a good job, they wanted to hire him. He said he would take the position…with one condition. Find out what that was and meet Eddie and his adorable daughters on page 27.

Eddie embodies the Scripps Ranch volunteer spirit. We ask you to submit the names of people like Eddie so we can honor them at Recognition Night. The deadline is coming up soon. See page 5.

Free adult education classes begin this month at our library. Check out the interesting topics on page 47, then attend!

We need one person to help distribute the SRCA Newsletter north of the lake. It only takes one hour per month. If you have a large car, minivan, SUV, or truck, you can help! Please email [email protected] or call 397-5747.

Maybe a group of kids will be your inspiration to take on this position. We heard from mom Tina Doshi about how her family just started delivering the SRCA Newsletter. She said her kids look forward to it. Tina’s son wears a backpack and takes 10 Newsletters at a time while riding his skateboard, and her daughter does the same thing on her scooter.

 Happy Valentine’s Day, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor