Community Parks Vandalized

In November three Scripps Ranch parks were vandalized. Cypress Canyon Park was hit twice. Graffiti was sprayed on the restroom walls (cover photo), the plumbing was broken (right), cleaning tools behind a locked gate were broken; fencing was damaged; trash cans were overturned; and, spray paint cans were strewn nearby.

Also, the Scripps Ranch Community Park and StoneBridge Estates Park were targeted. The Community Park also was hit twice in November. Among the damage: heavy concrete trash cans were overturned; a hand dryer was pulled off the wall in the men’s restroom; and, trees were toilet papered. At StoneBridge Park graffiti was sprayed in the restrooms, especially the men’s room. Also, the hot coal bin and a concrete trash can were overturned.

The cost for the repairs is paid for by Scripps Ranch residents through the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)—fees paid through your property taxes—and the city. The estimate for all the repairs is up to $4,000. This means we will have less funds to maintain our parks.

San Diego police were notified. They tell the SRCA Newsletter that despite the graffiti, the gang unit does not believe it is gang-related. Police say it is probably neighborhood teens out vandalizing property. Police wanted us to share the message that parents should be aware of where their teens are and what they are doing.

In addition, police urge residents enjoying the parks or living nearby to keep an eye out for anyone causing damage. Call police right away if you notice any suspicious activity in our parks.

To electronically monitor the parks is an expensive proposition. Cypress Canyon Park would need four to six cameras just to monitor the parking lot and sidewalks into the park, given its size and topography. The cameras must be in color, with enough definition to identify vandals and theft suspects. Initial costs for installation are in the $10,000–$20,000 range. The ongoing monitoring and maintenance costs are about $3,000–$5,000 per year. The city prohibits the installation of private cameras and monitoring.

Each park in Scripps Ranch would have its own system for a total of seven Scripps Ranch parks. There are another four joint-use fields on school district property. The camera systems the city has evaluated are wireless/4G-capable systems, which minimizes trenching for wiring, although electrical power may be needed to install some of the cameras. The cost to install seven camera systems in just the public parks is $70,000–$140,000. The annual fee for monthly monitoring is $21,000–$35,000.

Obviously, it is cost-prohibitive to go this route. Police are increasing patrols in our parks in an effort to catch the vandals.

Illegal Dumping

Another illegal act that we all pay for is illegal landscape mulch and soil dumping. It’s happening in our open spaces, especially on Pomerado Road just west of Avenida Magnifica on the south side. We also have had soil dumped near Hoyt Park. It costs service hours by our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) contractors to deal with someone else’s trash who didn’t want to take it to the Miramar landfill.

If you see anyone dumping in our open space, please give us a description and license plate of the vehicle or the name of a company, if possible. Email us at [[email protected]]. Just as a note, One Tripp Tree Service is our Scripps Ranch MAD contractor and has yellow trucks. If you see their vehicles parked there, they are servicing our open space. If you see anyone else, please let us know.

Holiday Warning

While you may take a holiday break, it’s a busy time for burglars. Here are tips to keep your home safe.

  • Don’t put your Christmas tree with its gifts in front of a window where someone may be tempted to break in and take your packages.
  • You may not be able to lock a window if you run an exterior extension cord through it to power your holiday lights. Have an exterior outlet installed by a licensed electrician.
  • Don’t leave an “inviting” answering machine message that says you are away for the holidays.
  • If you do leave town, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and collect flyers or debris from your driveway and porch. Also contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and request a vacation house check. Download the form and instructions from our website at [www.scrippsranch.org/watch].
  • After the holidays don’t advertise your gifts by piling empty boxes next to your trash cans. It’s like an invitation to burglars, letting them know you have expensive gifts. Break down the boxes and put them in non-clear garbage bags.
  • Mark new gifts with your California driver’s license or ID number.

If you have questions or concerns, email us at [[email protected]]. Here’s wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah. May your holiday season be joyful and trouble-free.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Get in the Holiday Spirit

Join the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and the Girl Scouts to celebrate the 33rd Annual Scripps Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting. This community celebration is on Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at 4 pm at Jerabek Park. We invite you to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. There will be a sing-a-long, and hot cocoa, cider, and baked goods to purchase.

Special guest appearances: straight from the North Pole, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. It’s a great chance for pictures! Of course, Colonel Bob Dingeman will help us kick off this community tradition.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Troop 8686 and its leaders JoAnne Bernabe and Carol Murphy will host this event. The SRCA and Maintenance Assessment District provide the Christmas tree lights. Special thanks to Colonel Dingeman for his years of dedication to this tradition. Don’t forget your chairs, blankets, flashlights, and holiday cheer! See you at Jerabek Park!

Don’t Miss the Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with our last concert of the year on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Hoyt Park at 5 pm. The Christmas Tree-Oh, Mattie Mills—the dynamic lead vocalist of The Heroes—Eve Selis, and Marc Intravaia will play again this year. The park lights up with luminaries, glow sticks, festive music, and just maybe a visit from Santa!

Symphony in the Park is supported solely through contributions. Find out more at [www.symphonyinthepark.org].

Symphony in the Park Committee

The Nutcracker Features Scripps Ranch Residents

The California Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Scripps Ranch residents are well represented in the cast, including one of the dancers in the main role of Clara! Jaya Dhand (above) plays the young girl who daydreams about love. Other Scripps Ranch residents featured are:

  • Emily Bosworth
  • Milana del Rio
  • Jason Dhand
  • Emily Gorou
  • Melea Karcher
  • Khloe Pun
  • Jacqueline Riel

Tickets may be purchased at the California Ballet box office by calling 560-6741, the San Diego Civic Theatre at 619-570-1100, or online at [www.californiaballet.org]. Call the box office about group sales and the Scouts ticket program.

Scripps Ranch Youth “Act” to Help a Sick Child

Scripps Ranch students (below) raised more than $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the original stage production Me & You. Thanks to the financial support of the community and our family and friends across the country, a child with cystic fibrosis will get his wish to glide down the water slides in Oahu and be the guest of honor at a luau.

A cast of 20 caring and gifted performers ranging in age from 10 to 17 brought the stage to life and brought hope to a child with a life-threatening illness. Me & You was the fifth musical written and produced by Scripps Ranch High School junior Meghanne Clark. Congratulations to all the performers and their families!

Becky’s Gift

Becky’s Gift is in full swing and close to collecting our goal of more than 1,000 toys for families affected by cancer this holiday season. The response from our community is tremendous, but we need help to reach our goal!

We will collect toys until Monday, Dec. 23, then we’ll deliver them to the Oncology Associates of San Diego and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. We give families the opportunity to select a gift for their loved ones while receiving treatment for cancer. They can concentrate on getting healthy instead of the financial and emotional stress of the season.

If you would like to donate toys or gift cards for children 1–16 years of age or host a toy drive, please let us know! You can drop off toys at 11930 Windom Peak Way, or contact Becky Walton at 442-4806 or [[email protected]], or Christie Jackson at [[email protected]] or 204-5534. For more information, see us on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/beckysgift]. Thank you, Scripps Ranch!

Becky Walton and Christie Jackson

Congratulations, Andrew!

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Erickson, who volunteers as an intern in my district assembly office, was chosen to receive the prestigious SRCA Bob Dingeman Scholarship. Col. Dingeman interviewed the outstanding young men and women who are graduating from Scripps Ranch High School this year. “I am honored to be one of three students selected to receive this scholarship. It was a great pleasure to meet Col. Dingeman and discuss my community service with SRHS, the community, and Assemblymember Maienschein’s office,” said Andrew.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein