Quality of Life

It’s been 14 years this month since the Cedar Fire devastated Scripps Ranch, destroying more than 300 homes and damaging many others. And, yet again, we face a severe fire season after the wet winter helped our brush grow, and the recent heat dried it out. Our community learned many lessons the hard way about how important it is to be prepared.

Through your Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC), so much has been done. That includes providing an Evacuation Plan booklet—print it at www.srfiresafe.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/evac-plan.pdf—establishing evacuation routes, and helping you make your home fire-safe.

An emergency kit is one thing that both groups always encourage you to have. This month the SRCA is offering some for a reduced price. Please see the article on page 5 and get your kit now. It’s just one of the ways the SRCA enhances—and protects—your quality of life.

The SRFSC will have a presentation about disaster preparedness as part of the SRCA 50 Plus Second Friday Lecture. Details are on page 7. Thank you to the SRFSC and SRCA 50 Plus for improving the quality of life for residents.

Another piece of advice always given is to clear the area around your home from potential fire fuel. What should you do with all that “junk”? Get rid of it at the SRCA Fall Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 21. Page 17 has all the details. This is yet another way the SRCA improves your quality of life.

Most of us know that Scripps Ranch has a low crime rate. We have the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program and a close working relationship with police. So how has crime changed in the last year? And what is the most prevalent issue in our community right now? Check out page 15 for the answer, along with tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

Now to the fun stuff, which also has a huge impact on a community’s quality of life. Here is one event that is not only a Scripps Ranch tradition, it is the “don’t miss” event of the Halloween season! The 44th Annual Halloween Carnival is on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. From the haunted house to the carnival games to the costume contest, there’s something for everyone! Check out page 25 for details, then put this on your calendar!

There are other fun Halloween happenings, and they’re on different days, so you can attend all of them!

  • Recreation Center Halloween Carnival, page 17
  • Haunted Library, our Scripps Ranch Library turns spooky, page 43
  • Trick or Treat at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, page 17

There’s so much to do, you’ll definitely get into the Halloween spirit this year.

Moving on to news about our high quality schools, led by our amazing principals. #weloveourprincipals

How much do you know about the namesake for Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School? Principal Liz Sloan shares some fascinating facts about this incredible woman who broke the glass ceiling in so many ways. My kids attended EBS and I had no idea about all the “firsts” attributed to Ms. Scripps. See page 27.

I don’t know about you, but I use plastic bags to wrap sandwiches for my son’s school lunches. I am now rethinking that! How many plastic bags do you think are thrown away each school year at Marshall Middle School? The answer astounded me! See what you think on page 23. It’s a great reason to recycle and to change our habits to maintain our quality of life.

I want to give a shout-out to James Porter, who has been delivering the SRCA Newsletter to his neighborhood for 40 years! Thank you, James, for being one of those volunteers who not only helps maintain but also helps improve the Scripps Ranch quality of life!

Gloria Tran, Editor