Neighborhood Watch: Lock Your Electrical Box

Three Scripps Ranch homeowners within a two-block area recently reported that their electrical panel boxes were tampered with in the middle of the night. One resident was awakened during the night when some medical equipment turned off. Another resident noticed the ceiling fan stopped spinning. A third person realized it when he woke up and saw that the power had been off for some time. In each case, all of the breaker switches were in the off position.

Disrupting medical equipment obviously could have a dangerous outcome. It might have been kids pulling pranks, but it also could have been a ruse to lure someone out of the house in the middle of the night. Play it safe. Put a lock on your panel box. If it is on the side of your house, put a lock on your gate too.

Reduce your chances of being a burglary victim. Use common sense and stay on guard. Form a Neighborhood Watch group on your street. Just get a group of neighbors together for a block party, and we’ll provide the speaker and the handouts. All you need to do is pick a date and invite your neighbors. It’s easy to do and provides peace of mind. Please visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] for information. If you have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Helping Keep Scripps Ranch Safe from Fires

Scripps Ranch faces fire danger year-round due to the community’s proximity to the backcountry and because it is located in a wooded area. Residents must always be on alert. As your county supervisor, I know it is my duty to do everything possible to protect you. That’s why Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, Councilmember Mark Kersey, and I are working together on an important fire-safety project for Scripps Ranch.

After we were approached by residents concerned about evacuation routes out of Scripps Ranch in case of a major fire, we immediately set out to see what could be done to alleviate the concerns. Our staff, along with a San Diego Fire-Rescue representative, went out to document the heavy trees and shrubs along Pomerado Road, a major entrance and exit route.

Based upon the report and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s (SRCA) concerns, we are now working to help manage this brush. As is the case for most projects, there is a lot of red tape that must be dealt with to move forward. Costly permits, jurisdictional boundaries, and sensitive habitat must be taken into account. We are working quickly to develop a detailed plan as to how brush management will occur, and we are trying to lock up a funding source. There are many obstacles but we are making progress.

Once a plan is set, we will apply for funds. There are a few state grants that have been identified as possibilities. Removing dead brush takes many hours, so the cost is fairly substantive. I wish I could just pick up a sickle and start cutting back brush, but it’s important to follow the letter of the law when carrying out this type of operation. We also have a responsibility to protect sensitive biological resources in canyons and open space areas.

It is a pleasure to work with Brian and Mark. I hope this information keeps you in the loop about what is being done to help keep your community safe. I understand how terrifying wildfires are, especially when they can be so close. I will continue to work on this issue on your behalf. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 619-531-5533 any time if you have questions or concerns. Sincerely,

County Supervisor Dave Roberts

City Council Look at 2015

Happy New Year! I expect 2015 to be extremely productive for District 5. Last year we accomplished quite a bit, including sidewalk assessments, road repaving, and expanded library hours.

Most recently, the city partnered with the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council to help fund repairs to the ball fields at Sycamore Canyon Park in the StoneBridge Estates neighborhood. The funding from the District 5 Community Projects, Programs, and Services budget will help rebuild the mounds with new dirt composition. I’m hopeful the repairs will be ready in time for the spring Little League season.

Also, if you haven’t yet checked out the new trail access to Mission Trails Regional Park at the east end of StoneBridge Parkway, I highly encourage you do so. The city recently opened the new trail staging area that provides access to the portion of the park located north of MCAS Miramar and west of Goodan Ranch.

There are seven miles of trails available for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the city’s great recreational treasures, so I hope you take advantage of it. It’s a perfect opportunity to kick off those New Year “get fit” goals.

Wishing everyone the very best in 2015! If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [[email protected]] or 619-236-6655.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

New Homework Help at the Scripps Ranch Library

The new Do Your Homework @ the Library ([email protected]) program is up and running. Our friendly tutors and volunteers are waiting to help kids in kindergarten–8th grade with homework assignments or academic questions for free! This is part of the city’s effort to reestablish libraries as centers for learning and civic engagement for San Diego children. Scripps Ranch is one of 18 city libraries to have this program. The hours are:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 3:30– 5:30 pm
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 3:30–7 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am–2 pm

That’s a total of 14 hours per week! To learn more about the program, please inquire at our library or visit [www.sandiego.gov/public-library/kidsandteens/hwcenter.shtml#homeworkatthelibrary]. Also, volunteer tutors are needed. You must be at least 15 years old. What a great way to get community service hours! Visit the website above for details.

Taste of the Ranch: A Scripps Ranch Tradition

Enjoy an adult evening with your friends and neighbors for food, drink, and exciting auctions! The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Foundation presents the 9th Annual Taste of the Ranch on Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 pm at the Carmel Mountain Country Club. This community event includes a taste of signature dishes from fine local restaurants, drinks, and sensational silent and live auctions. While the evening benefits SRHS students, the entire community is invited!

Taste of the Ranch (TOTR) is SRHS’s most important fundraiser. Students directly benefit from improved technology, enhanced academics, new books, and necessary school supplies. Funds also support many student clubs and athletic teams.

What’s the history behind the event?

Taste of the Ranch was launched in February 2007. Our own Sandy Price came up with the idea to create a dinner and auction fundraiser for SRHS. More than 350 parents, teachers, and community members celebrated at the Scripps Ranch Library and raised $40,000 for SRHS.

Want to participate? It’s easy!

  • Attend—Purchase a ticket, enjoy the evening, and support SRHS!
  • Company Sponsorships—Become an event sponsor to support SRHS students while promoting your business and showing your generosity to our community.
  • Auction Items—Donate products or services or a timeshare vacation.
  • Volunteer—Help plan or organize the event, or help that evening.
  • Student Participation—Students can encourage ticket sales and collect items for auction baskets to support their SRHS team or club.

Visit [www.tasteoftheranch.org] for more details, or contact me at 349-6988 or [[email protected]] to take part.

Julie Robinson

Resolve to Join RSVP!

It’s New Year’s resolution time! Is volunteering something you’ve thought about? That something might be RSVP—Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. Now is the time. We would love to show you how you could be a valuable asset to your community. You’ve seen our white RSVP cars driving around our neighborhoods.

What do we do? We are extra eyes for the police, plus we make home checks on the elderly who sign up for the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program, visit with them for a few minutes, and ensure they are doing well. We also drive by schools, shopping centers, banks, and parks. If you are on vacation you can request your residence be checked by our volunteers.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semi-retired, pass a background check, and spend one week at an academy learning RSVP duties. Then you are ready to donate 3½ days a month. You also could volunteer at Balboa Park in the Ambassador Program. You would patrol in a golf cart and help visitors.

Please contact Jim Schulte at 538-8120 or drop by the storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Are you ready to serve? Be a volunteer and help your community. It would be a great start to 2015.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

“Miss Scripps Ranch”

The Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant is looking for young women between the ages of 13 and 26 who live, work, or study in Scripps Ranch. The pageant, a division of the Mira Mesa Town Council—a nonprofit group—is the primary sponsor.

The 2015 pageant is on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7. The show promises to be an unforgettable experience for participants but especially for the two young women who will represent their community as official hostesses for one year.

If you are interested in becoming a contestant, please request an application from Maria Pankau, pageant director, at [[email protected]] or send a message through their Facebook page—search “Miss-Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Cities.” Return the application to:

SD Northeastern Communities Pageant
c/o Mira Mesa Town Council
10606-8 Camino Ruiz, PMB 230
San Diego, CA 92126

Scholarship Available

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship, established in memory of Sean Maloy to recognize a student with an exemplary commitment to community service. The $500 scholarship is offered each year to a high school senior who lives in Scripps Ranch. The application due date is Tuesday, Mar. 31. For more information, contact the San Diego Foundation at [www.sdfoundation.org], Karen Christian at [[email protected]n.rr.com], or your high school counseling office.