SRCA Works For You

Happy New Year, Scripps Ranch! For some, I know 2016 was a challenging year and I’m sure they’re glad it’s over. For others, I bet it was a fantastic year and they hope that continues into 2017.

I personally know that 2017 will bring big changes to some homes. (Yes, that college thing again…sorry!) While new things can be exciting, they also can be bittersweet and scary. Through it all, however, friends and neighbors will be there with us—to share the joy, provide a shoulder to cry on, and hold our hand.

In Scripps Ranch we are so lucky that, many times, neighbors become family. I was talking with moms of other high school seniors recently. One mentioned that when her son visits colleges and connects with Scripps Ranch kids who attend those schools, the students go out of their way to make her son feel welcome.

Kids learn the meaning of community from their parents. They grow up watching us go next door for an egg or share Thanksgiving dinner with neighbors. And it’s great to know that the sense of community will be passed down to the next generation, just as it has been since Scripps Ranch came to be.

A community like Scripps Ranch doesn’t just happen. It takes the work of hundreds of people through the years to form this type of bond among residents. Those hundreds of people make up—or made up—the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). It started more than 40 years ago with folks who came together to ensure a unique quality of life in this extraordinary community.

Among them, of course, is our very own Colonel Bob Dingeman. His mentorship of future leaders—such as current president Bob Ilko—has allowed the SRCA to remain a strong force in the community. The SRCA works for you by advocating for our area with the city, working with the police to find out how to keep our neighborhoods safe, organizing fun family events, and so much more.

You may not be aware of what the SRCA does for you. So we are starting an occasional section that will show you specifically how the SRCA affects your life. Our first article is on page 11.

Also, check out the centerfold on pages 26 and 27 to see how the SRCA works for you and connects with you to make a difference in your neighborhood. Hopefully, after you read this information, you’ll take a quick moment and join the SRCA. It’s fast, easy, and inexpensive!

A few other events and happenings that you may want to know about for January include how to recycle your Christmas tree. Our Bob Dingeman has all the details in his column on page 13.

You can expect major traffic delays in some areas of Scripps Ranch. Find out where and why in our Scripps Ranch Planning Group report on page 17. Chair Wally Wulfeck stays on top of these issues and represents our community well.

For families of incoming high school freshmen, don’t miss Falcon Night at Scripps Ranch High on Thursday, Jan. 19. You’ll learn all about the best high school in the county! See page 19.

Did you know your teen can take college courses at SRHS? One student who has taken the classes shares his experience in our Look Inside SRHS on page 18.

If you’re looking for kids’ books—or want to donate some—check out the Little Free Library outside Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School on Cypress Canyon Road. It’s open 24 hours a day! More details are on page 25.

Girl Scout cookie sales start at the end of the month. I have a love-hate relationship with these cookies, as I can eat an entire box in one sitting, then have to go for a very long walk! Look for your local girl scout to come knocking. See page 29.

Finally, there’s a new production starting at the Scripps Ranch Theatre at the end of the month. Check out page 37, then get your tickets! It’s a great way to start the year! Wishing you the best in 2017!

Gloria Tran, Editor