“Big Box” Meeting

In mid-January more than 100 people came out to a community meeting hosted by Save Our Scripps Ranch (SOSR). The meeting included:

  • Who is SOSR—many Scripps Ranch families
  • What SOSR thinks about the Carroll Canyon Road commercial development proposal to rezone industrial land to regional commercial retail; SOSR is opposed to a “Big Box” commercial center
  • Next steps, including the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) release and approval hearings by the city.

There was discussion of the history of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Community Plan, preserving our community, neighborhood safety by San Diego Police Department community relations officer Shannah Kanoa, and impacts to our quality of life.

More than 1,100 people have turned in response cards to SOSR and nearly 600 have signed the online petition opposed to the development. SOSR created a website at [www.SOSRanch.us] to communicate its position and gather support for its efforts. It also includes SOSR comments to the draft EIR. Keep an eye on the website for the latest information.

SRCA Neighborhood Watch: Surveillance Video and Photos Help Catch Criminals

I want to thank all of you who provide the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) with photographs and video from your surveillance cameras when crimes are committed on your street. We forward them to the detective we work with at the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). It gives the police an idea of where they need to focus their attention. The shots and video also are passed around the department for possible identification. The black and white stills are sometimes grainy or have poor lighting, but they still are helpful.

If you have a surveillance camera, look at the overnight footage occasionally. It’s surprising to see how many potential crooks are casing homes and vehicles during the wee hours. If you happen to capture images of suspects, please forward them to [[email protected]] with the date, time, and location. Maybe we can get these bad guys off the streets.

Call the SDPD non-emergency line at 858-484-3154 immediately if you see suspicious activity. Call 911 if you see a crime in progress or are fearful. Program the SDPD non-emergency number in your cell phones: 858-484-3154.

To join SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] and complete your registration. To reach us, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Winter … and Fire Season

Although we’re in winter, in January we had a red flag alert, which means high fire danger. The lack of rain and low humidity in the past two months make it clear, fire season is here. CAL FIRE not only raised the red flag, they placed additional firefighters on duty to staff additional equipment and to augment normal staffing levels.

Are you ready? Last October we distributed the booklet “Your Evacuation Plan” with checklists and evacuation routes. Hopefully, you are using it to be prepared. The SR Fire Safe Council’s website at [www.srfiresafecouncil.org] has even more information to help, as does [www.readyforwildfire.org]. If you have any questions, call us at 945-6303.

Jerry Mitchell, SRFSC Director

St. Gregory the Great Church Rummage Sale

The Sister Parish Outreach Ministry will hold its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Mar. 1, in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church’s parish hall from 7 am to noon. Come early for the best selection on all items: children and adult clothing and shoes; household items; kitchen appliances; china; glasses; furniture; toys; bikes; games; books; CDs and DVDs; jewelry; art; antiques; collectables; sporting goods; and, tools. This is an opportunity to find quality items at low prices. Don’t miss it!

Relay For Life Team Captain Meetings

Team captains are invited to meetings to get information to prepare your teams for Relay For Life. This 24-hour event honors cancer survivors, promotes cancer risk reduction, and raises money to help end cancer. Other residents also are welcome.

  • Saturday Feb. 1 and Mar. 1
  • 10:30–11:30 am
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

For details, email Prima Bernabe at [[email protected]] or go to [www.RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA].

Community Service Scholarship

Apply now for the 2014 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship that recognizes a senior who lives in Scripps Ranch and has an exemplary commitment to service. The deadline is Monday, Mar. 31. For details, contact the San Diego Foundation at [www.sdfoundation.org], Karen Christian at [[email protected]], or your counseling office.

Valentine’s Gifts at the SR Farmers Market

What better way to say “I love you” than with beautiful fresh cut flowers, gourmet chocolates, designer jewelry and clothes, a chair massage, and so much more.

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is in its 13th year and brings in great new vendors each week. We are open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm in the Innovations Academy parking lot at the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. It features certified organic food, 20 food booths from around the world, home decor, arts and crafts, and more.

The market offers free spaces to children’s organizations and most nonprofits. Pick up your “Shopper Loyalty Card” at the information booth, worth $5 at any booth when it’s filled. For more information, please visit [www.SRFM.org] or email us at [[email protected]].

The Ranch Loses One of its First Residents

Scripps Ranch lost one of its earliest residents, Eugene (Gene) Gomes, when he passed away on Christmas Day 2013 due to congestive heart failure. Born on Nov. 14, 1927, Gene lived in Scripps Ranch for 43 years. He and his wife, Jayne—with their then-small children, Mark and Anita—moved to Red Rock Court in April 1970 when he retired from the Air Force.

One of the first 100 families to move into the brand new development, Gene and his family recalled there were no schools, no supermarket, and one small convenience store, “Little Bear.” Many close friendships formed, and Gene participated in many community groups including Boy Scouts, the Miramar Ranch Elementary PTA, and as a chef for the renowned “Huli Huli chicken” barbecue cooking events.

For more than 30 years he delivered the SRCA Newsletter to his Red Rock Court neighbors, until his health would no longer permit it. He loved living on Red Rock Court. Gene will be missed dearly by his family and neighbors, who considered him a consummate gentleman.